Today, I went to visit a friend at his house. A few days ago, he was driving and swerved to avoid a dog in the road about a mile from his house. He left the road and rolled onto the driver's side, then rolled right side up, into the woods along the side of the road. His left shoulderblade was broken, broke a few ribs and punctured a lung. Everybody that's seen him and the car have said that if he hadn't had the side airbags in his car, he would have been more seriously injured, and if the bulk of the damage had been two feet to the front of the car, he'd have been killed. I'm getting my license in a few weeks and I'm going to be driving an '01 Oldsmobile Alero that doesn't have the side airbags. Right now, the prospect of driving at all is scaring the crap out of me. Considering also that a girl at my friend's school got killed last year in a side impact accident in a similar Pontiac Grand Am(which is essentially the same car as mine but with different sheetmetal), I'm thinking that I would like to trade her in for something around the same age, but that has a bit more heft and the side bags, such as a Honda Accord or something. I've talked with my parents and the impression that I'm getting from them is that I'm just being emotional about it...but this really is freaking me out. I realize that the airbags aren't going to guarantee anything, and I definitely don't expect my parents to pay for it or anything, but its still something I'd like to do just for the peace of mind for me. I'd been thinking about saving to trade her in anyway, but I feel like this is more of a reason than just "I want something else." Your thoughts?