When it comes to protecting our teen drivers, there is not much many parents won’t do. Whether it’s limiting their exposure to outside distractions or monitoring their driving habits when you’re not around, parents will try just about anything to protect their young drivers, and for good reason. Statistically, younger drivers are more likely to get into an accident than their seasoned counterparts. As such, choosing the right vehicle for your young drivers is an essential part of keeping them safe out on the road.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently compiled a list of the best vehicles for young drivers, and some of the results may surprise parents. The IIHS based their recommendations on a few factors: horsepower, vehicle design, smart-technology and safety ratings. According to the IIHS, young drivers should stay away from high horsepower vehicles which may encourage reckless behavior. While you might be tempted to get hand your teen the keys to a smart car; bigger, heavier vehicles are actually preferable for teen drivers because they offer better protection in the event of an accident. The IIHS also recommends vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and vehicle to vehicle communication capabilities to help young drivers maintain control of the vehicle in unexpected situations. Furthermore, safety and crash test ratings should always be a factor when purchasing any vehicle, but specifically those going to young drivers who are more likely to be involved in an accident.
Topping the list are a number of “larger cars” including the Saab 9-5 sedan, Lincoln MKS, Buick Regal, Ford Taurus, and Volvo S80. All of the IIHS’s recommended models are 2007 or later to account for the inclusion of ESC technology and other safety features.
At Newman Crane, we understand that there are countless unexpected circumstances that motorists often face every time they hit the road. That’s why we proudly offer the complete and affordable auto insurance Orlando FL drivers need. Our Central Florida Auto Insurance specialists can help secure coverage for all your vehicles, whether they are your daily drivers or collectible classics. Give us a call today at (407) 859-3691 to learn more about our Central Florida Auto Insurance coverage.