AA issues classic car warning following death of teacher

The AA are warning classic car owners they could be driving ‘death traps’ after a teacher was killed when his MG “folded like a penknife,” according to The Daily Telegraph.

Older vehicles do not have crumple zones and even recent classics like Minis and Ford Capris will come off a lot worse in a collision with the latest models, says the AA.

Ian Crowder from the AA said, “These cars simply do not have the damage resistance of modern vehicles. Classic car owners and users really need to be aware of the risks when they take the road in a less resilient vehicle.

“This was obviously a terribly tragic episode for which a driver has been convicted and jailed.”

Crowder said most other road users often drive more respectfully when they are near to classic cars. But the owners and users of older cars need to take extra care when they take to the road.

“They need to drive in a manner which respects modern vehicles and they need to know the risks,” Crowder said.

Nick Sennett, 58, had hired the MGB GT convertible for a pleasure run but was hit from behind by a short-sighted and overworked minicab driver. The sports car subsequently collapsed around him and Mr Sennett was pronounced dead at the scene.

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