If you have a pre-teen who will be old enough to drive in a few years or a teen who drives now, how do you choose a vehicle that is safe for both your family and your inexperienced, young driver? Whether you plan on letting your teen borrow the family vehicle or help them get their own car when they get their license, check out the "Safest Cars for Teens" to find out what you should be looking for in a car that a teen will be driving.
In addition to researching vehicle safety scores from both the IIHS and NHTSA, parents should consider the class of the vehicle. While a faster, sportier vehicle may not be on your list for your next family vehicle, your teen may still want to drive one, which should be avoided if possible because teens will be more inclined to engage in unsafe driving.
A lot of the safety features that are good for teen drivers can also help parents. High-tech safety features, like telematics systems, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, forward collision prevention/automatic braking and lane keep assist are features for parents to consider when shopping for a family vehicle they plan on letting their teen drive.
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