Watching your child pull out of the driveway on their own for the very
first time can be a truly frightening experience for any parent. No
matter how many hours of driving the teen has practiced or how well
they did on the drivers test, there is still a knot in the pit of many
parents’ stomachs as they pull away. Educating your child on safe
driving is an important part of ensuring their safety. Picking the car
that they will be driving is incredibly important as well. Taking the
time to research and discuss cars, insurance policies and reliability
with your child can help to ease some of the fear that comes along with
The choice of vehicle you wish to buy for your child often differs
greatly from what your child wants to be driving. When starting a
discussion about cars, it is important as a parent to have a list of
requirements that you do not waiver from. Take into account what your
child wants and let them be a part of the conversation, but also let
them know what the car must have. Look at crash safety ratings and
safety equipment when researching cars. You want to buy a car that has
side airbags, is larger in size and does not have tons of horsepower
for kids to be tempted to speed.
Mid size or larger cars is a wise choice for new drivers. These cars
offer more protection in the event of a collision. While larger cars
are wise choices, SUVs are not. These cars are not meant to handle
quick maneuvers, resulting in less time to react. Teenagers are
notorious for speeding, which can be extremely dangerous for even the
most experience drivers. Keeping the horsepower low in a teenagers car,
can help to take away some of the temptation to be a speed demon.
Sports cars are often associated with fastness and agility,
inexperienced drivers should not be given the opportunity to test them.
New cars are always a smart option for teens, since they have the
highest, most up to date safety ratings out. They are on the cutting
edge of technology that ensures safety as well. However, if you cannot
afford a brand new car, buying one that has all the important safety
features will work just as well.