Handing over the keys can be daunting. Obtain peace of mind with any of these safe cars for teens.
It's the moment your teen has been waiting for. She's passed her driver's test and is ready to take the family vehicle out on the open road. But for parents, this milestone often brings more anxiety than excitement. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014 saw 2,270 deaths and 221,313 emergency room visits related to car accidents amongst teenagers between 16 and 19 years old. Fortunately, today's market offers more safe cars for teens and more safety technology than ever before.
If you're looking for a new car for your family or your teen driver, there's good news. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has listed dozens of vehicles that meet their safety criteria, which means you have plenty of cars to choose from. In fact, with so many options, the difficulty just might be narrowing down the choices. Along with some suggestions for optional safety technologies to consider, here are a few of the top vehicles worth a look for your teenage driver.
Hondas have a track record as some of the safest cars on the market. The Accord is an excellent model for teens because it's larger than the Civic but still maneuverable and with a low risk of rollover. It handles well and has a roomy interior, which can be beneficial in case of an accident.
This IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ranks among safe cars for teens because of a plethora of features, such as a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. You'll also find standard features such as front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.
Another IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and regular leader in safe cars for teens is the Toyota Camry. Similar in many ways to the Accord, the Camry offers features like antilock brakes, front knee airbags, and stability and traction control.
You'll also find blind-spot monitoring and cross rear-traffic alert on this vehicle, not to mention the Safety Connect System, which consists of an automatic collision notification, emergency assist button, and a stolen vehicle locator.
For those partial to American-made automobiles, the Chevy Malibu is an excellent option for teen safety. In addition to many of the standard features offered on the previously mentioned models, the Malibu also boasts automatic high-beam headlights and lane keeping assistance.
But the most impressive safety feature on the Malibu is the Teen Driver system. Accessed by a PIN so your teen can't tamper with it, Teen Driver will do things like mute car audio until seat belts are engaged, automatically activate available active safety features, and govern speed limits set by none other than you, the parents. The best part? A report card that allows you to see any time a safety feature had to be activated or any time your teen triggered a warning about speed or other preset limits.
The Jetta is another model that's often atop the list of safe cars for teens. Despite recent recall concerns, Volkswagen's signature model remains an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and features automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, and remote vehicle access. Though not as sophisticated as Chevy's Teen Driver system, you can still set speed limits on the Jetta, and the geofencing feature allows you to set boundaries within which you want your teen to remain. Just keep in mind that the rearview camera is not a standard feature on the base model, though it is optional.
The sleekest of the safe cars for teens on this list, the Mazda 6 is a surprising but worthy addition. Automatic emergency notification and active front head restraints come standard on most models, as do front and side airbags and a rearview camera. Rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning all combine to make this a popular choice among parents and teens alike.
Top technology features
No matter which car you choose, here are some safety features you'll want to look for that are available on most makes and models these days:
Forward collision alert
These systems are designed to help prevent rear ending the vehicle in front of you.
Lane departure warning
If the car drifts from its lane, this system provides a warning to the driver. Some systems even offer automatic correction.
Most new cars come with these. Rearview cameras give you a better look at what's behind you, so you don't back up into elusive objects, like trash cans or children's toys.
Blind spot warning
This is another warning feature that tells you when someone is in your blind spot.
Automatic emergency notification
In the case of an accident in which the airbags are deployed, this system will automatically notify authorities, minimizing the response time of rescue workers.
All the safety features in the world won't prevent all accidents. Find a Pekin Insurance agent near you to see cost-saving coverage we can offer you and your family.
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