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Safety Options to Consider for Teen Drivers

Like a cell phone, teenagers are usually determined to have their own car once they get their drivers license. Unlike a cell phone however, there are a number of safety considerations that go into picking the right car for a new driver. Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a vehicle:
    The more standard safety features, the better - Be sure to look for cars that come standard with safety features like anti-lock brakes, and front and side airbags - curtain airbags are also a plus. Protective airbags like these can be crucial in keeping drivers safe during a vehicle rollover or head-on collision. The 2012 Ford Focus and the top-rated Chevrolet Sonic, are two current vehicles that come standard with these particular airbags. Vehicle stability control is another feature that can benefit an inexperienced driver who may be apt to over-correct their vehicle when maneuvering. The 2012 Honda Civic is one vehicle that scored high in vehicle handling and comes standard with stability control and brake assist.

    Go for safe and sane rather than fast and furious - Avoiding sporty cars with a lot of horsepower may sound like an obvious move but many of today's compact and mid-size cars have a surprising amount of power. New technology like Ford's MyKey system, which is available in the Fusion and other Ford models, allows parents to set the top speed for their teen's vehicle. In addition to reducing excessive speed, you're teen's car will benefit from better fuel economy. Other safety features like a seat belt reminder chime which goes off until the seat belt is engaged is another great option. Lastly, try to stay away from gadgets that may be distracting to a new driver.
These are just a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the best car for a teen driver. Be sure to research consumer safety reports for any vehicles you're considering and determine the standard safety features you'll need, before you start car shopping.

NuVision's no haggle, no hassle auto buying service Autoland, is available to help you research the car and safety features that will fit your teen driver - give them a call 800.234.6999 or visit today! Apply for a loan anytime, any day at 800.444.6327.

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