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Tips for Choosing Your Teen Driver's First Car

Last updated 4 years ago

While your teen will be focusing on style and performance for his or her first ride, you will probably have a different set of priorities in mind. In addition to value, safety is also of utmost importance for a teen’s first car. Teens are, after all, more likely to get into a collision than drivers of any other age group. To ensure that your teen driver is safe, take note of the following tips for choosing his or her first car.

Look Over Crash Test Scores
Always check crash safety test scores online before buying a car for your teen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conduct independent crash tests and publish the results online. The safest vehicles have a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and a 5-Star safety score from the NHTSA.

Consider Size
SUVs, trucks, and large cars are difficult to handle and more susceptible to rollovers. Compact cars, on the other hand, are more likely to crumble during a collision because of their lightweight design. In terms of size, many experts think that the best first car for a teen is a mid-size sedan.

Browse Available Safety Features
Look for traction control, stability control, and antilock brakes on any car, whether you are shopping used or new. In terms of new cars, many Fords come with MyKey, a feature that allows parents to set limits on stereo volume and top speed. New Hyundai vehicles can be equipped with BlueLink, a technology that notifies parents via text if the car is driven past curfew. Both systems allow parents to block incoming text messages while the vehicle is in motion.

Top Driver of Chicago has years of experience working with teen drivers and parents. Whether you are looking for more tips on selecting a car for your teen or you want to enroll your teen in driving school, trust Top Driver to keep your teen safe on the road. Visit our website for more information about the teen and adult driving training we offer, or call us at (888) 471-5418 if you have any questions. 


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