If your son or daughter is graduating from high school this spring, you have plenty on your mind. Chief among your concerns is how on earth your child is going to be independent of you for the first time in his or her life. One of the ways to ensure your child is safe is to purchase him or her a safe and affordable car. That way, your teen will be able to safely get exactly where he or she needs to be. If the car is outfitted with safety features, you can rest assured that your young one will be safe, even in the event of an accident.
In terms of what you should look for, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends the following:
- Avoid cars that have high horsepower. Teens don’t need to be tempted to speed. A car that can go more than 100 miles per hour may be too much for them to handle.
- Heavier cars can be safer, especially in the event of a crash. However, many of these cars have high rollover rates.
- Your best bet is to purchase a car that has electronic stability control. This technology has been mandatory in cars since 2012 and can help the car navigate curves and slick roads. This is an important feature for new drivers who may not have as much experience driving in less-than-optimal conditions.
If you’re not sure what cars might work well for your teen driver, these picks are frequently ranked as the best affordable safe cars:
When it comes to safety and style, it’s hard to top the Chevy Spark. This car has 10 airbags. Count ’em, 10. That’s more than many luxury cars. But that’s not all this mini-car has to offer. It’s relatively affordable, starting at $13,095. Plus, it’s easy to drive — a perk for every young driver. One stand-out feature? This is the only tiny car to earn a top safety rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
There’s a good reason why so many people own these cars: they last forever. Most models should last for well over 200,000 miles. Even if the used Civic you bought has more than 100,000 miles, it should keep running for years to come. Plus, in the event of an accident, these vehicles are relatively inexpensive to fix, according to Business Insider.
The Toyota Corolla is one of the top selling cars in the world. It’s largely because these cars are reliable and affordable. On average, these cars cost $13,850. And the savings don’t end there. This car gets 28 miles to the gallon in city miles and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. Corollas have a conservative look and are less likely to be used in illegal activities, like drag racing. For better traction control, you should look for the equipped EX-L version.
If your kid enjoys venturing out into the great outdoors and rugged territory, a Jeep might be the perfect vehicle. Jeeps are compact and sturdy. These cars usually come with safety features like brake assist, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system and a rollover protection system. These cost around $13,750. CBS News cautions that you should ensure the model you buy comes equipped with side air bags, though.
If you’re not sure where to begin your search for a used car, DriveTime is a good starting point. This website has a large variety of vehicles and search features that make it easy for you to find the safest and most affordable car for your teen.