(Written by Alexis Thompson) Giving your teen his own car is the one of the first doors that ushers him toward independence. However, it’s not simply about buying any car. It’s also about ensuring your teen’s safety in accordance with car safety features. We all know that car accidents involving teen drivers are rampant and because of this parents need to be more discerning about the kind of car they allow their kids to drive. Here are five features you need to look for in a car for your teen driver.
- Safety features
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers between ages 16-19 are four times more prone to car crash compared to older drivers. Make sure you check vehicle’s crash test information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
There are also reliability and quality ratings that you can check out. If you’re getting a brand new car then it probably has the latest safety features your teen needs. However, if you’re considering an older model or a second-hand car then the top safety features you should primarily check are airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. [Read more…]