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Choose a safe vehicle when shopping for your teen driver

Last week, we discussed the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique safety concerns faced by many elderly drivers. Another particularly vulnerable American driving population that faces unique safety issues on a regular basis is the teen driving population. These novice drivers are at greater risk of being involved in car accidents during their first few years of driving than at any other point in their driving careers.

As a result, it is critical that teens seek as much experience as possible while supervised before heading out on their own. It is also critical that parents only allow their teens to drive vehicles that are as safe and reliable as possible. When the vehicles that teens drive are outfitted with the latest safety features, they will be placed in the best position possible to survive collisions and to be injured less severely than they otherwise would when experiencing an accident.

Parents often choose older, less expensive vehicles for their teen drivers for one understandable reason. If a teen driver crashes an older, beat-up vehicle, that car will be easier to replace. However, whenever possible it is important that teens only drive vehicles that are newer and outfitted with the most advanced safety technology. This tech will help to ensure your teen’s safety in the event of a crash.

In addition, parents should do their research before letting their teen drive any specific vehicle model. Some models are prone to roll-overs, while others hold up badly in rear-end crashes. By informing yourself before your teen gets behind the wheel of any vehicle, you can help him or her stay as safe as is possible.

Source: FDL Reporter, “Six rules to help keep your teen driver safe,” July 11, 2013

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