The auto insurance companies
have placed teenagers in a high risk category. Statistically, teens
have the highest death rate of any age group. This can be frightening
to any parent who will be putting their teens behind the wheel.
Choosing a safe vehicle is one major thing that parents can do to
help protect their teen.
Avoid speed cars
A sports car or souped-up car encourages teens to speed and drive
recklessly. Pick a car that is low profile and reduces the need
for your teenager to speed.
SUV's can be highly unstable in the hands of a inexperienced driver.
Prone to rollovers when over-corrected, avoid SUV's for a more stable
Avoid older cars
Parents sometimes have the misconception that an older, bigger
car will protect their teenager in a crash. However, today's cars
are better designed for crash protection and have more safety features
such as air bags and anti-lock brakes.
Avoid small cars
Go for the mid to full-size cars which provide more crash protection
than a small car. Check the safety ratings before you buy a new
Choose a car with crash protection and safety features.
The Insurance Information Institute usually performs crash studies
and rates cars based these studies. Go online to check which cars
rated well in crash protection studies. Also choose a car with front
airbags, anti-lock brakes, and/or side airbags.