Research and numerous case studies have been keen to point out that our teens don’t always drive the safest vehicles and coupled with their lack of experience we have the makings of a recipe for disaster.

The best news is that now parents have a safe way of choosing safer rides for their offspring’s – thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which recently released their new, updated for the 2015 year choice of safe cars for teens. The group initially reported the list of safe rides for teens back in 2014 and now the choices have jumped more than 50 percent even as the price and safety levels have not been modified. “It’s easier than ever to find a used vehicle with must-have safety features and decent crash test performance without spending a fortune,” comments Anne McCartt, the institute’s senior vice president for research. “We would encourage parents to consider paying a little more for safety if they can,” she added, noting that prices of a vast majority of recommended vehicles are above the threshold for regular people.

Since the list is seriously comprehensive, we recommend a visit here to have all the choices up front. And before jumping there we should also note some rather common sense recommendations if one shops for a used car for a teen before reading any recommendations. The higher the horsepower, the higher the risk – when you’re young and impetuous you’ll find it hard to resist the temptation to test your car’s limits. Larger, heavier models also usually deliver the highest safety – that’s an easy one, even with today’s modern techniques, it’s always safer to be in the bigger ride. Electronic stability control will save lives, so it’s a must – when you’re inexperienced, the electronic aide might get you off the hook from seemingly impossible situations.

Via Forbes


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