Safe Cars for Teens

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New mod­els gen­er­ally of­fer more safety fea­tures and pro­vide bet­ter crash pro­tec­tion than older cars. Try to buy the most safest that your bud­get can af­ford, be­cause no one needs those safety ad­van­tages more than a teenage driver.

The Con­sumerRe­ re­ports on the safest and most re­li­able cars for teens. The op­tions they present are safe and re­li­able, and won’t break the bank. After the govern­ment and safety test and sub­scriber sur­veys, it was found that these mod­els have av­er­aged re­li­able. (Con­sumer Re­ports main­tains re­li­a­bil­ity Rat­ings on our web­site go­ing back 10 model years.) Mak­ing se­lec­tion eas­ier, all 2014 cars of­fer stan­dard elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, a proven life­saver that is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial to less-ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers. To sum it up, big­ger and heav­ier ve­hi­cles per­form bet­ter in crash tests. But very large ve­hi­cles can have un­wieldy han­dling, of­fer poor fuel econ­omy, and al­low for more pas­sen­gers, a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous dis­trac­tion that has been shown to in­crease a young driver’s crash risk. Large pick­ups and SUVs are not rec­om­mended for in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers be­cause their high cen­ters of grav­ity make them more prone to roll over than other ve­hi­cles. Sports cars are also a poor choice for young driv­ers. They beg to be driven too fast and have a higher rate of ac­ci­dents than other cars. Con­se­quently, they of­ten carry high in­surance pre­mi­ums for young driv­ers. The Con­sumerRe­ did not con­sider cars with 0- to 60-mph ac­cel­er­a­tion times faster than 8 sec­onds or slower than 11 sec­onds, those with brak­ing dis­tances longer than 145 feet in dry con­di­tions, or those with medi­ocre emer­gency-han­dling scores. The new­est ver­sions of many of the ve­hi­cles here are des­ig­nated as Top Safety Picks by the In­surance In­sti­tute of High­way Safety (IIHS). Ve­hi­cles with elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol should be your first choice for less-ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers. ESC is a proven de­vice that keeps cars from slid­ing, thus pre­vent­ing crashes in the first place. The avail­abil­ity of ESC and re­li­a­bil­ity scores are the rea­sons some ve­hi­cles are dif­fer­en­ti­ated by spe­cific model years.

Con­sumer Re­ports’ rec­om­men­da­tions Choos­ing a car for a young per­son will usu­ally in­volve com­pro­mises be­tween bud­get, de­sir­able fea­tures, and the wants of an im­age-con­scious teen. The best bet is to buy the new­est, most re­li­able model with the most safety equip­ment you can af­ford. Do not even con­sider a car with­out an­tilock brakes. If you can reach a lit­tle deeper and get a car equipped with mul­ti­stage ad­vanced front air bags, side and head-pro­tec­tion cur­tain air bags, an­tilock brakes, and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, so much the bet­ter. The life­sav­ing po­ten­tial as­sis­tance those sys­tems can pro­vide is worth ev­ery penny in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and can be es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial to an in­ex­pe­ri­enced driver. An­other ben­e­fit can be gained by an ad­vanced driv­ing train­ing course. Such cour­ses are of­fered by var­i­ous ad­vanced driv­ing schools at closed tracks through­out the coun­try and teach car con­trol and proper driv­ing. http://www.con­sumerre­­dex.htm

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