WEST PALM BEACH, Florida. According to the New York Times, thanks to recent safety advances in newer cars, the old adage that a young driver should get behind the wheel of an older car no longer is true. While an older car might save you money, it won’t necessarily keep your teen or college graduate safer.
Car accidents are the leading killer of teenage drivers, so it is understandable that parents looking to buy a car for their teen or young driver will want to find the safest vehicle. Some new partially autonomous vehicle features can help keep younger drivers safe behind the wheel. Inexperience is what most often leads to accidents. Newer cars are equipped with lane-changing systems, lane departure warning systems, and emergency braking systems. If your teen makes a mistake behind the wheel, the car can take over in some cases. However, this doesn’t replace good training and focus. Teens should never drive while distracted and they should always put away their phones.
However, many of the partial autonomous safety features are only available on the most expensive cars. Can’t afford the upgrade? If you want to buy a used car, Consumer Reports notes that the one feature you should seek is electronic stability control. Electronic stability control can prevent skids and loss of control.
What cars are not recommended for young drivers? According to Consumer Reports, parents should avoid buying SUVs and large pickup trucks for their children. SUVs come with a greater risk of rollover crashes and some of the larger model vehicles can be more difficult to handle for novice drivers. Parents might want to also avoid buying their children a sports car. Sports cars might tempt younger drivers to speed or to try to go from zero to sixty too quickly, resulting in crashes.
In general, when buying a car for a younger driver, go for the newest model you can afford with the most safety features you can buy for your budget. In general, Consumer Reports suggests sticking to models that are 2012 or newer because these cars are equipped with electronic stability control.
Another option that families have if they can’t afford the thousands for a brand new car is to try leasing a car. This allows families to enjoy the benefits of the most up to date features while also working within their budget. In some cases, parents ask teens or young drivers to help foot the bill.
Teen car crashes can be devastating because younger drivers can be left with serious or life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident due to the negligence or neglect of another person or party, consider speaking to the West Palm Beach, Florida personal injury attorneys at Smith & Vanture. Our firm works closely with victims and families, helping them to seek the recovery they may deserve under the law. Visit Smith & Vanture today to protect your rights and to learn more.

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