Earlier this summer, we shared a few thoughts on teens driving, along with updated traffic laws and safety tips. We hope that you have a good understanding of how to be safe on the road, but do you understand how to be safe in your vehicle?
According to AAA, "Almost 50% of teen drivers admitted to texting or checking email while driving in the past 30 days." With an overwhelming amount of young people using their phones to communicate and engage with people while behind the wheel, it's a good thing automotive companies have started to step up their safety features in vehicles.
U.S. News compiled data to come up with a fairly comprehensive list of vehicles with high safety ratings. They've used this data to create a list of the best, safest cars for teens to be driving. Here's the list, along with some of each vehichle's key safety features:
- Chevrolet Sonic. The Chevy Sonic has forward collision warning, lane departure warnings, and a rearview camera along with many other safety features.
- Honda Fit. It has SUV-like cargo space without the SUV price tag. This vehicle is affordable with stellar safety ratings.
- Kia Soul. The UVO eServices in the Kia Soul can help parents rest easy as the UVO system informs of dangerious driving behaviors in case you need to discuss things with your teen.
- Mazda3. With a crash test rating of a perfect Five-Star, this vehicle is safe to drive and has several driver-assistance features to speak of.
- Honda Civic. Not only does this sedan have one of the largest trunk capacities among sedans, it has driver-assistance technologies like blind spot monitoring and automatic braking.
- Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata offers Bluelink teen controls, sending parents text messages if the vehicle is driven outside of a predetermined area, driven over the speed limit, or driven late at night. This vehicle is every teen parent's dream.
- Chervrolet Malibu. Chevy's Teen Driver technology is equipped to mute the radio until seat belts are fastened, trigger visual warnings, and remind the driver to slow down if the speed limit is exceeded.
- Ford Fusion Hybrid. The gas mileage this car gets makes it worth the price, but the parental controls are also a bonus. Parents are able to set speed and audio volume limits for their teen drivers, along with other teen driver technology features that will help keep drivers safe.
- Kia Optima. Also equipped with UVO eServices technology, this Kia is perfect for helping inexperienced drivers avoid accidents. Parking sensors, automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and more help drivers stay safe in this vehicle.
- Nissan Murano. Not only is this car great for teens because of it's safety features and high crash test scores - it's a great car for families. The space provides several family-friendly features making this vehicle a good option for families with teens.
As your teens head back to school this year, consider this list when looking for a vehicle to equip them with. Take advantage of vehicles on the market with built-in safety technology for teens, and encourage safe driving habits. Parents have a distinct role to protect their children, and practicing safe driving habits is a great place to start.
If your teen gets in an accident, remember to put a trustworthy lawyer on your side to assist you and fight for you. While we hope nothing like this happens to your child, we know accidents can happen. We are ready to step in at a moment's notice to help however we can. Contact our office if you are in need of legal services.
Source: List adapted from U.S. News