As summer winds down, and back-to-school efforts get into full swing, we realize some parents will be in search of a car for their teen. A car offers a certain amount of independence, both for teens and their parents, allowing teens to get to school and after school activities on their own. But we know it’s not without hesitation that you consider a new car for your teen, with their safety and well-being your top priority. Here at Dahl Chevrolet Buick GMC, we understand that, and we’ve put together a few tips for choosing a safe car for your teen.
Crash tests and safety scores. Look for vehicles that have earned the best-possible rating of five stars from the National Institute for Highway Safety, and have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” title.
Size. Parents should avoid large trucks and SUVs, as they tend to be more difficult to manage and maneuver. Additionally, tiny coupes and small cars don’t protect their occupants in the event of a significant crash as well as larger vehicles do. A midsize car or small SUV or crossover offers better protection while still being easy to maneuver – and also offers enough space for sports gear and books.
Engine options. Do your teen a favor and steer clear of super-fast engines. An inline-4 engine will do the trick, and doesn’t beg to be sped around town the way a 6 or 8 cylinder does. Besides a 4 cylinder’s acceleration limits, it’s also more fuel efficient.
Technology. Distraction-limiting technology is always a plus (like voice-command controls), and the more safety technology and driver-assist functions, the better. At a bare minimum, make sure the car has electronic stability control (ESC), antilock braking system (ABS), and a suite of airbags.
For more information, visit Edmunds.com.
Stop by Dahl Chevrolet Buick GMC today to find a car you can feel good about sending your teen to school in!