Is one car safer than another when it comes to teen drivers? Absolutely, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
With 83 percent of purchases being for used vehicles, the organization has just published it’s first-ever list of recommended autos for teens. The list covers autos costing from $5,000 to $20,000, with safety as a paramount consideration.
IIHS says buying decisions should be guided by four main principles:
- Stay away from high horse-power that often encourages speeding.
- Bigger, heavier vehicles offer better protection in a crash. There are no small cars on the list.
- ESC – electronic stability control – is essential for safer driving on curves and slippery surfaces.
- A safety rating of at least 4 out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Buyers should also be prepared to spend a little more than planned. “Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to get a safe vehicle for a teenager at the prices most people are paying,” says Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research. “Our advice to parents would be to remember the risks teens take and consider paying a little more.”
See the list of recommended cars here: http://tinyurl.com/IIHS-teens