Best Cars for Your Teen DriverOctober 1, 2019
When it is time to shop for cars, parents and teen drivers tend to have differing perspectives on what the perfect vehicle might be. Many teens search for style in the most sporty or luxurious vehicle on the market, often to show off to their peers. However, parents often look beyond the aesthetics and search for an affordable vehicle with state-of-the-art safety features. Fortunately, the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens awards displays vehicles that cater to both needs.
The Importance of Teen Driver Safety
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA), drivers aged 16 to 17 are nine times more likely to be involved in a car accident than adult drivers. This demographic also has a higher likelihood of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), drivers aged 16 to 19 have the highest amount of accidents than any other age group. These statistics emphasize the importance of teen driver safety.
Parents should discuss safe driving with their teenager. A recent study by AAA found that 57 percent of teen-related car accidents involved distracted driving. Furthermore, a Liberty Mutual study discovered that more than 75 percent of teen drivers admit to texting while driving. Due to these statistics, parents should discuss the importance of safe driving with their teen. Important topics to discuss with teen drivers include:
- Distracted driving, especially texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
Signs of a Safe Vehicle
Technology is rapidly evolving, leading to improved vehicular safety. Vehicles are being manufactured to aid both inexperienced and experienced drivers with day-to-day challenges on the road. Common safety features that come standard in today’s vehicles include:
- Blind spot monitoring
- Parking assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic emergency braking
- Drowsiness detection
- Lane departure warnings
- Pedestrian detection
The U.S. News Best Cars for Teens awards is an opportunity for parents to find a vehicle that is both safe and affordable. Featured vehicles include:
- Hyundai Accent
- Volkswagen Jetta
- Honda HR-V SUV
- Kia Forte
- Kia Soul SUV
- Toyota Camry
- Hyundai Santa Fe SUV
- Toyota Camry Hybrid
- Toyota RAV4
Featured used vehicles in the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens awards includes:
- 2016 Buick LaCrosse
- 2016 Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid
- 2015 Chevy Traverse
- 2016 Toyota Prius
- 2016 Hyundai Tucson
Each of the listed vehicles has high safety ratings from multiple safety organizations, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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