Teenage drivers are three times more likely to experience a vehicle accident than those 20 years and older, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS is a great source of information on teen driver safety, including what to look for when purchasing a used vehicle for teenagers and even which makes and models are safest. If you’re in the market for a safe used car for your teenager, don’t miss this summary of IIHS safety tips and vehicle recommendations!
Tips for Choosing the Safest Used Car for Your Teen
Avoid High Horsepower – The more power an engine has, the faster it can go. To help ensure your teenager obeys speed limits, the IIHS recommends avoiding vehicles with high horsepower.
The Larger & Heavier, the Better – IIHS data shows that teen drivers are less likely to experience a crash in large, heavy vehicles. Plus, they provide more protection around your driver. The IIHS does not include any small or mini-sized cars on its recommended vehicles for teen drivers list.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is Crucial – ESC is a safety feature found in many cars. It helps a driver maintain control of the car when traveling on curves or slippery roads. This is a crucial feature for young drivers who have much less experience with the difficulty of curves and driving in inclement weather. IIHS data reports ESC provides protection on a level nearly equal to safety belts.
Unfamiliar with which cars meet all four of the criteria described above? No problem. Here is a list of 8 vehicles priced $10,000 or less on the IIHS’s list of “Safe vehicles for Teens”