Choosing the best vehicle for your teen

Choosing the best vehicle for your teen


Narrator>>When it comes time for a teenager to start driving, buying a safe new car
isn’t always in the budget for many families. Instead, teens often end up with
inexpensive or hand-me-down vehicles that run the gamut on safety. But safety is especially important for teenagers. They’re among the riskiest drivers, and
they have much higher crash rates than adults. So to help families find a safe
and affordable vehicle, we’ve created a list of recommended used vehicles for teens. It follows a few basic principles: Young drivers and high horsepower don’t mix. Although these vehicles may be appealing… Teen 1>>I like power, fast cars. Teen 2>>Fun car to drive. Teen 3>>Like those really fancy sports cars. Teen 4>>Any Lamborghini would be fine. Narrator>>…testing the limits of a powerful engine can be too tempting for teens. Size matters. Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer. They offer better protection in a crash. Stay away from mini cars or small cars. Teen 5>>I would prefer like the bigger cars because I just feel like there’s less chance of me getting hurt in crashes. Teen 6>>I think the bigger the better because if you do get into an accident I would
rather have more protection around me. Teen 7>>If you think about it, a little
car versus a big car, like, a little car is not going to win. Narrator>>Electronic Stability Control,
or ESC, is a must. This technology helps drivers maintain
control on curves and slippery roads and has been required on new vehicles since 2012. Finally, seek out a vehicle with
the highest crash test ratings you can afford. IIHS rates vehicles good,
acceptable, marginal or poor in front, side, rollover, and head restraint tests. And the government uses a star rating system. Vehicles with good crash test ratings
offer the best protection in a crash. These four principles drive the
criteria for the Institute’s list. The list is broken down into two tiers of
safe and affordable vehicles. “Best Choices” start under $20,000 and
offer the highest crash test ratings. This tier also takes insurance losses into
account and doesn’t include any vehicles with substantially higher than average injury losses. If budget is still a concern,
“Good Choices” start under ten thousand dollars. These vehicles are still safe
for your teen but get good ratings in fewer of our crash tests. Before purchasing a used vehicle, make sure to enter its VIN at the government’s
website to check for any recalls. If you’re planning ahead and buying a new
family vehicle that might one day belong to a young driver, consider a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+. In addition to good crash test ratings, these vehicles have front crash prevention and good or acceptable
rated headlights – features that can be valuable for inexperienced drivers but hard to find
in a used vehicle. Teen 1>>I just want a big car that’s strong, keeps me safe. Teen 8>>Just having a car
that is sturdy, I guess, and not made for looks or power. Teen 9>>something that’s safe and
something that’s not too expensive. Teen 4>>I just feel like when it comes to
crashes it’s more safe in a bigger car. Teen 8>>Just something that can get me around and keep me safe, which I think is kind of what
every parent really wants for their kids. Narrator>>For more information on the list
of current recommended vehicles please visit our
website at www.iihs.org

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