The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently published recommendation for which cars and small SUVs to purchase for teenage drivers. Since car accidents are the number one cause of premature death and injury for teens in Washington, vehicle selection with attention to safety is very important. Read IIHS issues recommendations on used vehicles for teens after research finds many aren’t driving the safest ones.
Car accident statistics show us that teenage drivers are some of the most at risk drivers so, when shopping for a used car for a teenage driver, safety should be the most sought-after quality when purchasing a vehicle for a teen driver. Vehicle choice can reduce a teenage driver’s accident risk.
According to the IIHS, when purchasing a car for a teenage driver, parents should consider the following recommendations:
- Don’t buy “muscle cars” or those with high horsepower engines.
- Avoid buying mini or small cars. Heavier cars provide more protection.
- Only buy vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which detects and reduces skidding and detects loss of steering control. ESC automatically applies brakes individually to wheels.
See the IIHS website for information on specific recommended vehicles that cost $20,000 and under.
Washington State Graduated Driver License
In addition to purchasing a safe car for a teenage driver, parents and guardians should make sure their teens follow the laws for intermediate driver license. Washington state law provides that:
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for damages caused by negligent drivers.