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Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:45 pm    

According to a recent article in USA Today, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that many teenagers drive vehicles that don’t offer good crash protection and lack important safety features. This is important because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

As Larry Copeland points out in his article, the risk of injury in crashes is greatly affected by the type of vehicle driven by the teen driver.  The IIHS reported that in many cases car buying decisions for teenagers are driven solely by price, which often results in teenagers driving smaller cars or older vehicles.  Thus, IIHS has come out with its first list of recommended used vehicles costing less than $20,000.

Among the vehicles making the list are the Kia Optima (2011 and newer);  Volvo S40 (2007 and later); Acura RL (2005 and newer); Chevy Malibu (2010 and later); and the 2005 Saab 9-3.  A complete list is posted at

Here are a few tips offered by the IIHS for selecting a used car for a teen driver:

  1. Stay away from vehicles with high horse power – which can tempt teen drivers to test the limits.
  2. Pick bigger, heavier vehicles that offer better protection in a crash.
  3. Look for a vehicle with electronic stability control.
  4. Pick a vehicle with the best safety rating possible from the IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listings.

Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at IIHS, says “Start by looking for a midsize or large vehicle.  Make sure it has electronic stability control.  Find one with the best crash-test rating you can afford”.


For more information see  Source: USA Today Thursday, July 17, 2014-Car Shopping For Teen Driver? Consider These, Safety Group Advises. by Larry Copeland.