Tips for Keeping Your Teen Safe on the Road

When you are buying a car with your teen driver, chances are that your child is very concerned with how the car looks. However, as a parent, your primary concern is probably the safety of the vehicle. Thankfully, automakers have plenty of models of cars that will satisfy your child’s desire for a "cool ride" and your desire for a safe vehicle. Keep these tips in mind when car buying for your teen to keep your child as safe as possible.

Safety Features

Automakers have equipped many cars to keep drivers as safe as possible. Features like anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) can help your teen stay in control of the car in risky situations, like in a skid or on icy, snowy roads. Air bags are standard on most recent models of cars. If you can’t afford a brand new model, your teen can still take advantage of these safety features if you stick to cars made no earlier than 1999. Most cars made after 1999 include these three safety features on the standard models.

Car Maintenance

Safety features will only work if the car has been properly maintained. The tires must be properly inflated for the safety features to work successfully, and you must make sure that the tires are in good repair. If you buy a car with "bald eagle" tires, keep in mind that you will need to replace the tires, and bargain with the seller accordingly.

Driving Skills

The most important safety feature on a vehicle is having a driver who pays attention and drives safely. You may want to enroll your child in a driver safety course and, of course, spend plenty of time riding with them as they learn to drive. Be sure that you point out potentially dangerous situations, and let them get experience driving in heavy traffic, rain, etc., while you are in the passenger seat giving them tips. Additionally, teach your child about using the ABS system. Sometimes, drivers are startled by the "feel" of the car when ABS kicks in.

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