Safest cars for new teen drivers

Submitted by Donna McCord of Dean’s Automotive, Inc.

Despite what some might think, an SUV is not the safest vehicle for a teen driver. Many believe that if there is an accident, the driver will be less likely to get hurt. The truth is that a teen driver is more likely to experience an accident when driving an SUV or a truck.

Minor accidents can occur when parking and driving, because it is harder to judge where the corners of the vehicle are. More severe accidents can occur due to the higher center of gravity in SUVs or trucks, which are more likely to roll over during panic situations. The stopping distance required for these vehicles is also increased. More distance is needed between an SUV or truck and other vehicles in order for it to come to a full stop. These vehicles do not respond as quickly and securely as a car.

Any make and model of 1995 or later mid-size vehicle is your best bet. Make sure the brakes are in good repair with quality brake material being used. It is also a good idea to take the car to a trusted repair facility for an inspection prior to turning it over to your new driver, just to make sure that everything is in good running condition.

Dean’s Automotive, Inc. is located in Mountain View, Calif. As of June 29, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.


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