By the numbers, the top cause of death in the US for 15-24 year olds is traffic accidents. It's the second highest cause of death for 25-34, and the fifth highest for 35-44 and 0-14. (http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender)
So I wonder, could it be that the biggest risk in day-to-day life is riding in cars that are *not* made by Tesla?
I bought the Model S simply for the tech and the fun of driving it, and then found so many unexpected joys. I wasn't feeling spiritually lost or looking to join a movement, but out of left field I've been converted with bedrock conviction in the mission and what Tesla represents to the world. Who knew that could happen before they became an owner? And so just when I thought I had punched every hole possible to qualify me as a card carrying member of the cult of Tesla, this thought happened...
My oldest son had his birthday, and is less than a year from a learner's permit. When I thought of what car I would be ok with him driving and learning on, only the MS popped in to my mind. Of course, it'd have to be in Valet Mode or something even more extreme than that (maybe a P85- ?), but the idea of my child being in anything other than a Tesla feels like negligent parenting.
I've been planning to add an MX to the family, but even in the interim during that wait it feels derelict to not have them protected at this level. Safety wasn't even a conscious criterion when I bought my MS; now it seems unthinkable to relinquish it.
At some point, we'll know the marginal safety of the MS versus other new cars with a high degree of accuracy, not just versus the average car on the road in standard national statistics with a comparison to the relatively small number of accidents involving a Tesla. But it could be that putting your family in a Model S is the number one preventative measure you can take to ensure their safety.
And so what is cooking my noodle now is that, if a family member were permanently injured in a car wreck, would I feel guilty because I didn't protect them if I could have put them in a Tesla?
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