Teen drivers are one of the largest groups of people that are prone to Chicago car accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, on average there are 7 fatal car accidents each day in the age group of 16 to 19. Vehicle crashes have been identified as the most common cause of deaths for this age group. The first and foremost job of parents is to ensure that teen drivers have the required training and skills to handle a motor vehicle prior to driving. The kind of vehicle a teen driver uses also plays an important role in ensuring their safety on the roads.
Teen drivers are more likely to engage in risky driving practices and a car with a powerful engine, which can accelerate rapidly, can often be used for racing. The risk of a car accident may increase with the increase in engine power. The safest cars for teens are typically cars with four-cylinder engines.
The size of a vehicle is an important consideration when it comes to road safety. Studies have shown that more than 30 percent of fatal car accidents involving drivers in the age group of 15 to 17 involve a mini or a small car. Larger vehicles are often safer in car accidents as compared to small or mini cars. The downside of large cars is that they may be more difficult to maneuver and more prone to rollovers. This may be a reason to consider a large sedan, mid-size cas, or SUV with two-wheel drive for your teen driver.
Crash Test Rating
It is mandatory for all car manufacturers to crash test their cars. This research is particularly useful while buying a car for your teenage driver. There are various resources which can be accessed for crash test reports of cars. It is advisable to choose cars which are rated ‘Top Safety Picks’ and have a four or a five star rating.
Look for cars that include safety features such as:
- side and frontal impact airbags
- day time running lights
- adjustable head restraints