As a parent, you want your teen driver to be protected behind the wheel. But, how do you do that when you cannot be in the vehicle with them all of the time? Luckily, car manufacturers understand parents’ concerns about their young drivers – which is why they have taken great strides to create cars that are safer, and even designed for the erratic driving behaviors of teenagers. While there is no guarantee that these cars will protect them 100 percent of the time, they will at least put your teen driver at less risk for an accident or injury.
What Are the Safest Cars Available Today for Teen Drivers?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has given awards to certain vehicles. These vehicles have been awarded for their advanced safety features, reliability, and their fuel economy. The best 15 vehicles out there to give to a teen driver would include:
- 2016 Chevy Sonic
- 2016 Kia Soul
- 2016 VW Jetta
- 2016 Mazda 3
- 2016 Subaru Impreza
- 2016 Mazda 3 Hatchback
- 2016 VW Golf
- 2016 Mazda 6
- 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
- 2016 Subaru Legacy
- 2016 Hyundai Sonata
- 2016 Chrysler 200
- 2016 Honda Accord
- 2016 Subaru Forester
- 2016 VW Passat
Most of these vehicles average over 25 miles to the gallon as well, which is always a bonus. While you may not be able to afford to purchase a vehicle for year 2016, most of these models were given excellent safety awards for previous model years, too.
Other Tips for Protecting Your Teen Driver
There are other things that you can do as a parent to protect your teen driver, including:
- Always leading by example. If you want your teen driver to be safe on the road, then show him or her these safe driving habits when the teen is riding with you. That includes putting your phone down while you are driving, never speeding or driving recklessly, and always wearing your seatbelt.
- Teach your teen that phones are not meant for the road. If you have a teen who is addicted to mobile devices, teach him or her to put these devices away while driving. There is no need to send text messages, read messages, answer phone calls, or even take photos while operating a vehicle. Instead, teens should save this for when they come to a stop.
- Limit how many hours your teen drives – especially at night. If your teen has a job, allow him or her to drive to and from work, but not after the hour of 9pm without permission.
- Limit how many passengers your newly licensed teen driver can have in the vehicle. Studies have shown that passengers are just as much of a distraction for drivers (of all skill levels).
Was Your Teen Driver Injured in an Accident? Let Our Attorneys Help
We understand how devastating a car accident can be, and our attorneys are here to help. At The Slocum Firm, P.C., we want to help you get the compensation that your teen deserves for medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and even emotional trauma. Let us work as your advocate so that you and your teen can focus on healing. Call us to explore your legal options at 888-367-4577 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.