You might be considering buying a teenager in your life his or her first car for a holiday gift this year. If so, there are a few factors to consider. While you may think bigger is better when it comes to safety for a young driver, that’s not always the case. Here are a few tips:
- Steer clear of both compact cars and large sport utility vehicles or minivans, which may be more difficult for inexperienced teen drivers to control.
- Look for high safety ratings, which may also help reduce your teen’s insurance premiums in those early driving years
- Opt for electronic stability control, which has become standard on most cars since 2010 and helps drivers maintain control on curves and slippery roads.
Of course, a safe car doesn't replace safe driving. Look for in-vehicle tools that can help promote safe driving habits at here at Coaching Young Drivers.