The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published a list of the recommended used cars and SUVs for teens that sell for under $20,000.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries and property damage – from crashes on the nation’s roads.
In choosing a recommended vehicle list for teenage drivers, the IIHS looked for both affordability and safety. When teens drive the “wrong car” — a car without certain safety features and one that is too powerful, it is too easy for them to lose control. Large cars also present a challenge in tight driving situations.
The IIHS makes the following recommendations when selecting a vehicle for a teenage driver:
- Avoid vehicles with high horsepower, i.e., muscle cars.
- Heavier and bigger vehicles provide better protection in a car accident.
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is aa computerized technology which is a must have safety feature on cars for teenage drivers. ESC detects skidding and improves a vehicle’s stability especially around curves. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that one-third of all fatal car accidents.
- Pay attention to safety ratings. The IIHS rates vehicles on how well they do in different types of crash tests.
Check on the IIHS website for the comprehensive list of recommended used cars for teenage drivers.
Common mistakes made by teen drivers
Teenage drivers are inexperienced drivers so they make a lot of these common mistakes:
- Distracted driving
- Risky driving practices including not checking blind spots, unsafe lane changes, and not using turn signals.
- Failing to leave a safe following distance.
- Failing to wear a seat belt.
- Driving while tired.
- Driving with teenage passengers.