Aug 8

What Are the Safest Cars for Your Teenager?

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Auto Accidents, Teen Drivers

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Being the parent of a new teen driver can be frightening, especially in light of the national roadway statistics concerning drivers in this age bracket. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that in 2010 alone, 282,000 teens aged 16-19 sought emergency room treatment due to car crashes, and that male and female teens, respectively, account for 30% and 28% of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries in the United States.

Fortunately, if you are the parent of a teen driver, you may be able to take steps to protect them even when you’re not with your teen while behind the wheel of a car. A new report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) now sheds light on important factors that contribute to driver safety, as well as a list of cars that may help keep your teen safe behind the wheel.

Follow Four Simple Principles

A July article published by CBS6 highlighted some of the information provided in the IIHS study; specifically, the article focused on four principles that all parents should follow when selecting a new car for a teen driver, which include the following:

  1. Higher horsepower should be avoided. A car with higher horsepower can ultimately reach speeds that may be unsafe for any driver, let alone a teen. Opt for a car with a less powerful engine that can still provide adequate transportation.
  2. More protection is offered from bigger, heavier vehicles. If you want your teen driver to be protected in the event of a crash, put them behind the wheel of a bigger, heavier car. That doesn’t mean that your son or daughter needs to be driving a tractor-trailer, but the article does point out that “minicars,” or small cars, did not make the list of recommended vehicles.”
  3. Pick a car with electronic stability control (ESC). ESC helps a driver keep control of the vehicle on slippery roads and curves, and lowers risks “on a level comparable to safety belts.”
  4. Look for high safety ratings. Ultimately, a car with high safety ratings will provide your teen with the most protection at all times. Pick a car that has a high level in the IIHS side crash test, moderate overlap front test, and a positive review from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Used Cars Could be a Problem

The IIHS study also associates with used cars posing a problem to teens, as these automobiles often lack certain safety technology. In light of this, the organization provided a list of new vehicles with a price tag under $20,000 that parents should consider for their teens. The list includes a wide array of makes and models, all of which could be a safer choice for your son or daughter.

In the Event of an Accident, We’re Here to Help

Unfortunately, no matter how safe the car is, there is still a chance that your teen will get in a wreck. And if your son or daughter is hurt in a car crash, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney immediately. Our Texas accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you and your teen secure the compensation that you deserve. If your teen has been injured in a car accident contact Tate Law Offices today by calling 888-662-3892 for a free case review.