The safest cars for teenagers are a real concern if you are a parent with a teenager that just passed their driver’s test. It can be the happiest time in a teenager’s life when they finally get to drive. However, most parents have mixed emotions about their teen driving.
Happy and concerned come up for most parents.
On the one hand you are so grateful that you no longer have to bus them here and there to all their activities. But, most often it is fear that hits you like a brick. The feeling that your child will be on the roads, driving without you can be a horrible feeling.
To help ease this fear, if only a little, lets discuss some of the safest cars for teenagers.
I remember when my parents helped me to find my first car. It seemed the bigger the car was, the more they liked it and the more I hated it. I wanted something sporty, smaller and more cool looking than something that resembled an old army tank. Their thought was the bigger, the better. To them, “big” meant that there was more metal between me and the danger of getting hurt.
And, it turns out they were exactly correct. Your teenager may try to tell you that a small car gives them more maneuverability and that they will be able to control the car more easily. This statement is truer for experienced drivers, however for the less-experienced drivers a larger vehicle is much safer to drive.
New versus an older model helps too.
Not to make you dig deeper in your pocket, but the newer models are equipped with more safety features than older models. Such things as airbags, stability control and antilock brakes are important features that the teenager’s car should have.
Most teen accidents are single car crashes where the teen takes the car off the road and most often this ends in a roll-over. Since this is true, airbags are an absolute necessity when considering the safest car for teenagers.
It’s safe to bet, most teenagers would like to hear the advice that a new car is better than a used. And you may find that it is the best investment you can make. If you can afford a new car, your teenager will most likely be safer.
If you cannot afford a new vehicle, remember that most used cars over 3 or 4 years old do not come equipped with the latest safety features. Keep this in mind if you must choose a used vehicle to match your budget.
Finally, let’s talk about power…
Most teens would love to have the sports car with the big V8, 500 horsepower engine but this is not the safest choice for the teenager. Kids are going to speed anyway. There is no need in putting all that power and speed under the hood and in their hands.
My suggestion would be the 4 cylinders that take a little longer to pick up to speed. A 4 cylinder still has enough get-up-and-go to get them safely onto the freeways but not too much speed to send them drag racing down the country roads.
If you are looking for the safest cars for your teenagers, use these 3 guidelines to get you headed in the right direction. Considering these things can help to give your teenager a little more safety and give you more peace of mind.