The general inexperience of teen drivers puts them at risk of accidents or other safety concerns on the roadways. By investing in a safe automobile, there is a greater likelihood that your teen walks away from a car wreck with minimal injuries.
In addition to the more costly nature of insurance coverage for teen drivers, the chosen automobile also presents an expense. Fortunately, this list of used cars provides affordable peace of mind regarding the safety of your teen behind the wheel.
1. Small Cars
Your teen could easily handle a small car, and the 2014 Mazda 3 holds a rating as a top safety pick for impact overlap on the driver-side, roof strength and head and seat restraints. The 2014 Toyota Prius has advanced front crash prevention designs.
2. Mid-Size Cars
The 2013 Subaru Outback is a mid-size car with an optional lane departure warning and side curtain airbags that deploy during frontal crashes. The 2013 Subaru Legacy contains similar features and provides protections against driver injuries from frontal or side collisions.
3. Large Cars or SUVs
The 2014 Ford Taurus provides optional features like lane departure prevention and warnings or blind spot detection. Upgrading to an SUV like the 2015 Honda CR-V gives a teen driver superior front crash prevention and more supportive head and neck protection.
Though minivans seem to represent older drivers, teens should consider the 2015 Toyota Sienna or the 2016 Honda Odyssey. These are larger, affordable vehicles that provide good occupant protection throughout the vehicle.
A used car with a high safety rating will not guarantee your teen driver’s safety. Adequate instruction, cautious behaviors and driving experience are vital.