Safe cars for teens

When your teenager becomes a new driver, you face lots of important decisions. You'll have to decide on rules about when and how much your teen can drive, what changes to make to your insurance coverage, and which car your teen will drive.

At Allied Auto Insurance our agents are ready to help when you add a teen driver to your insurance policy. Until that time comes, here are tips for selecting from the safest cars for teens for your newest driver.

Characteristics of the safest cars for teens

There are some basic rules you should keep in mind when selecting a car for your new driver:

  • Avoid performance vehicles that encourage speeding or recklessness.
  • Choose a car with a low center of gravity. If a young driver swerves hard when they overcorrect or almost miss a turn, they'll be less likely to tip and roll a car than than a taller SUV.
  • Select a mid to large-sized car that offers more protection to the teen driver in case of a crash. But don't go overboard: Very heavy vehicles can be hard to stop quickly, especially in bad weather.
  • A newer used car will offer more safety features like advanced airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. A built-in GPS navigator can help your teen find a safe destination without trying to use their smart phone or a paper map while driving.

Note: A car's many bells and whistles, while attractive and helpful, can divert a driver's attention from the road. Remember that teens are most vulnerable to distracted driving. According to the government website Distraction.gov, 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Warn your teenager about the dangers of driving while distracted, and urge them to check out this teen action toolkit.

Source: Insurance Information Institute

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