How to Choose a First Car for your Teen
Getting your driver’s license is a major milestone for any teenager. Ask any teenage close to the legal driving age the number of days they have until they can finally drive themselves to school and more likely than not, they can tell you the exact number down to the hour. Choosing the perfect first car for your teen can be a stressful endeavor, especially since the views on what consists of a perfect car are extremely different between children and their parents. Here are some tips on how to choose the first car for your teen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the heavier the vehicle the better—it’s physics. When two objects collide, the heaviest normally wins. Also, be sure to compare safety ratings between cars. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety publish safety ratings of all car models and are terrific resources when looking for a car for your teen.
If you’re considering a used car, complete a thorough inspection before purchasing. Using a trustworthy mechanic to look under the hood is a terrific idea to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. No one wants to purchase a car and discover that there are multiple costly problems later on.
It also helps to prepare you teen for driving alone. Make sure that the teen is properly trained before getting behind the wheel by his or herself. Vehicles are dangerous objects and just as a person is required to be properly trained to handle specific weapons, a teen must be properly trained to drive a car.
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Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.