Tips for Your Teen Driver’s Safety

11 08 2016

Dale BertramIn Phoenix, it is time for school again and that means a lot of new drivers commuting during morning rush hour. We want our kids to be safe and many of my customers ask what parents should look for in a car for their teen driver.  Of course, all teens dream of the fancy sports car with all the bells and whistles, but that certainly isn’t the safe choice for young, inexperienced drivers.  Teen drivers, between the ages of 16 to 19 are far more likely to have a crash than any other group.  They tend to underestimate dangerous situations and they don’t always react to them appropriately.  It is hard for a mature, experienced driver to always make the right snap judgment when behind the wheel to avoid an accident.  Everything happens way too fast.  When you are brand new at driving it gets worse.

I always advise that before you pick a car based on price or looks think reliable and safety first, then choose the safest car you can afford to buy.  Air bags, stability control and excellent tires are a good start.  Large to mid-size cars are safer than small cars because they are heavier.  16 models with the highest crash rates included 11 small cars.  I know it is natural to assume that a smaller car is easier to handle and many times the teens like them because they appear sportier, however they are not always the safest choice.

You also don’t want to buy a car that has a lot of horsepower or one that has too little.  Too much speed and power are of course, dangerous but lack of power can be equally dangerous as they are too slow during lane changes. You might also share with your teen that traffic tickets are mighty expensive these days.

When you narrow down your choice of vehicle, check out the crash test scores on

If you are buying a used car, please let us inspect it carefully. The technicians at Fairway Auto Repair will be able to give you more insight into the safety of the vehicle.

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