Tips And Tricks

The Right Car for Your Teen

Teens are in more danger when they climb into a car than at almost any other time. The number-one cause of death for American teens is auto accidents. In the last ten years, nearly 70,000 teenagers have been killed in car crashes. There are many reasons for these sobering statistics. Among them are lack of experience, lack of seat-belt use, speeding, use of drugs and alcohol, carrying too many passengers, and driver distraction.
For all these reasons, it’s essential that teens drive vehicles that are as safe as possible. Even a careful teen driver may not have the experience to handle certain driving situations and may have to rely on the safety of the vehicle to protect him or her in an accident. That’s why your choice of a primary automobile for your teen to drive is so important.

Think safety features
It’s not necessary to buy a brand-new car with all the latest safety bells and whistles. However, statistics show that a later-model used car that has the newer seat-belt mechanisms, air bags, and antilock brakes may give your child a better chance than an older vehicle that isn’t as well equipped.

Think BIG
Smaller cars may offer better gas mileage and seem easier to maneuver. A larger vehicle, however, will offer more crumple space between the occupants and the source of the crash. This doesn’t mean you should put a very small person in a car that’s roughly the size of a tank. Being able to see over the dashboard and reach the pedals are important safety factors as well. A sturdy sedan that doesn’t offer too much power may be a good choice.

Think reliable transportation
Reliable doesn’t just mean a car that starts every morning. Reliable also refers to tires with good tread and brakes that work properly. If you aren’t sure how to examine a car with regard to safety and dependability, have a professional examine it before making your purchase. Checking if the car needs brake repair or auto electrical service can make the difference between life and death. Be sure that you’re putting your teen into a vehicle that will help protect him or her in case of an accident.