Teens Behind The Wheel: What To Choose For Them

For most parents, the moment when your teenage child passes his or her driving license is the beginning of a new world of worries. For a start, there’s the clear sign that your child doesn’t need you anymore to go places: it’s the beginning of their independence. Secondly, in a world where anything could happen at any moment, you’ve suddenly discovered new fears for your child’s safety that you didn’t experience before. That’s exactly why the choice of their first car is essential. You need to make sure that they get the ideal car for their driving needs and abilities. There is no denying that newly licensed teens crash more frequently than older and more experienced drivers. Consequently, knowing this, how do you ensure that your child will be as safe as possible when you help them choose their first car? Here are a few things to consider about their needs – we’re not talking here about their social needs but their actual everyday requirements –, their safety and also about your first driving chat together.

Teen driver

What Is The Right Type Of Car?

When it comes to choosing the right car for your teen, the IIHS – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – has a few recommendations to make. Young and inexperienced drivers should stay away from powerful engines as these can be tempting – and therefore dangerous to drive. Additionally, bearing in mind the crash potential, it’s important to stick to big and heavy cars that offer better protection in a crash situation. Similarly, you should be looking at vehicles with a high safety rating, such as four to five stars on the NHTSA ratings – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last, but not least, it is also a good idea to look for cars with an ESC _ Electronic Stability Control – as this will help young drivers to maintain control of the vehicle on slippery roads.

Where Do You Buy It?

Most parents will prefer to buy a second-hand car from a used car dealership. The reason for this is that new car loses value faster than used cars. Consequently, if you are adding a car to the family, it’s best to focus on the cost side of things. Wear and tear is an important factor with new cars and young drivers. If you are looking at large cars, the Volvo S89 from 2007 and newer is an excellent choice for under $10,000. In the medium size cars, the VW Passat  – built after October 2012 – and the Kia Optima from 2011 til now are great choices, both under $10,000. With a little more budget, you could pick a small SUVs like the Fiat 500X – built after July 2015 – for under $15,000.
Fiat 500X

Teen Drivers, Beware

There is no denying it: Teens can be careless drivers. Consequently, it is important to have a driving conversation before letting them take the road on their road. For a start, the majority of drivers from 16 to 20 who were involved in a fatal accident didn’t wear a seatbelt. As dull as it might sound, it is worth reminding them about it. It isn;t negotiable: They need to wear the seatbelt if they want to drive. Unfortunately for young drivers the age of independence can also drive them to dark experiences, such as drug and alcohol abuse. Being arrested for DUI is something you want to avoid. So set the rules from the beginning.


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