Safety First for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers
Most newly licensed teen drivers able to get their own vehicle will be driving a used one. According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), used vehicles 10 years old or more may lack important safety features that could save lives. Since teens make up the riskiest driver demographic on the road, safety is vital.
When selecting a vehicle, stay away from high horsepower vehicles, opt for larger, heavier vehicles, and make sure the vehicle has electronic stability control and the best safety rating possible. Also check the history reports on the vehicle for past claims and any outstanding safety recalls which still need to be completed.
The IIHS has a list of 130 good choices on their website. Three of the best choices are: large vehicle: Volvo S80, 2007 and newer; mid-size: Dodge Avenger 2011-2014; small SUV: Nissan Rogue, 2014 and newer.
Parents are advised to ride with their teens even after they get their licence, to continue to coach their teen due to the teen’s lack of driving experience.