For new drivers, having a safe and reliable vehicle is very important. To keep costs down, many people choose to go with a used, older model vehicle. You might’ve heard of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) list of Top Safety Pick vehicles, but these are often newer, more expensive vehicles. According to a national study by IIHS, 83% of people bought their teens a used car. To help the individuals who need a more affordable vehicle, the Institute published a list of Best Choice and Good Choice vehicles that range from $2,000 to $20,000.
General Tips for First Vehicles:
You don’t want a lot of horsepower.
Higher horsepower engines can be a temptation for speeding or racing.
Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer.
During a crash, bigger vehicles protect occupants much better than a smaller one does. That’s why there aren’t any minicars or small cars on the recommended vehicle list.
Whenever possible, go for Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
This is a unique feature that reduces risk on a level comparable to seatbelts. It helps drivers maintain better control of the vehicle while driving on slippery roads or on curves.