Your Teen Driver And Safety

What parents should look for in a car for their teen driver? Here is what the experts say. 

  • Teen’s dream of the fancy souped up sports car but that certainly isn’t the safe choice for young, inexperienced drivers. 
  • Teen drivers, between the ages of 16 to 19 are far more likely to have a crash than any other group. 
  • Teens tend to underestimate dangerous situations and they don’t always react to them appropriately. 
  • It is hard for a mature, experienced driver to always make the right snap judgment call when behind the wheel to avoid an accident.  Everything happens way too fast.  When you are brand new at driving it gets worse.

Before you pick a car based on price or looks think reliable and safety first, then choose the safest car you can afford to buy.  Air bags, stability control and excellent tires are a good start.  Large to mid-size cars are safer than small cars because they are heavier.  16 models with the highest crash rates included 11 small cars.  It is natural to assume that a smaller car is easier to handle and many times the teens like them because they appear sportier, however, until the entire nation is driving smaller vehicles, including semi’s, they are not the safest choice.

You also don’t want to buy a car that has a lot of horsepower or one that has too little.  Too much speed and power are of course, dangerous but lack of power can be equally dangerous as they are too slow during lane changes.  

When you narrow down your choice of vehicle, check out the crash test scores on

If you are buying a used car, please have it inspected carefully by your car care provider and let them know it is for a teen driver as they may be able to give you more insight into the safety of the vehicle. Check to make sure if the vehicle had any recalls and if they have been taken care of!  Many used vehicles are being sold without recall problems being taken care of.

Teens are trying to text and drive with fatal results.  Please emphasize the dangers with your teen before they get behind the wheel of any vehicle. 


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