Feb
12

Three Important Details To Keep in Mind When Picking Out the Best Car for Your Teen

Author // NPR Car Talk
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Most parents feel absolutely terrified when their teenagers turn 15-16 years old and can finally (legally) get behind the wheel. With so many car accidents, and so many possible distractions, and — worst of all — other drivers on the road, it’s normal to feel a bit nervous when your son or daughter starts driving.

Luckily, there are so many different options for cars today, and so many new developments with safety features and quality assurance, that cars are way different — in a good way — from what your first car probably looked like.

If you don’t know where to start when looking for a new car (or even a used car) for your teen, here are a few important details to keep in mind that probably didn’t make much of a difference to you when you last went new car shopping for yourself:

  • Color: This is actually more about safety and less about personal preference or style. Light-colored cars, especially white ones, are more visible to other drivers in the dark.

  • Gas Mileage: Most parents come to an agreement with their kids about the financial implications of a car: maybe you’ll help out with the initial financing, but your son/daughter will have to pay for gas and any auto service maintenance or repairs. With this in mind, you’ll definitely want to look for a car that gets good gas mileage, because those minimum wage coffee shop jobs can only pay for so much.

  • Size: Speaking of gas costs, it’s still important to remember that the most fuel-efficient and cheapest new cars (and used cars) are often the smallest ones; if an accident does occur with larger vehicles, a smaller car will offer less protection. This doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy a gas-guzzling Hummer, but an SUV or a bigger sedan might not be such a bad idea.

Although a new car seems like the ultimate surprise present on your 16th birthday, many parents — and teens — would agree that working together to pick out a car is definitely the way to go. And of course, it’s important to remember that three details are just the beginning — for more tips and suggestions on the best new or used car for your teen, never hesitate to visit your local car dealership. To learn more, read this.

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