Used Cars for New Drivers

Written by a Guest Blogger

Many parents consider buying pre-owned cars for their children rather than brand new, perhaps in anticipation of the scratches and bumps that young drivers will likely experience along the way.

Young drivers often don’t have a lot of driving experience or money for repairs, so it is important that they have something safe and reliable to drive. Sedans are still the automotive experts’ best bets when it comes to the best car type for teens because of their low centers of gravity, which means that sedans are not prone to rollovers, unlike large SUVs. Consumer reports has a list of teen-appropriate vehicles that you can check out. Some of these models are available from dealers of used Hyundai cars in Dallas TX.

Tested for Teens

The list of recommended vehicles for teens is based on Consumer Reports’ own driving test results, as well as the crash test results conducted by the insurance industry, particularly by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The listed vehicles have been noted to be of good or average reliability. Parents can also rest assured that the list does not include cars that have unimpressive scores when it comes to emergency handling. Sports cars are not included on the list, as their potential to be driven fast can be a temptation that can prove to be difficult to resist among young and adventurous drivers.

Hyundai Models to Consider

Hyundai may be an overlooked brand when choosing a car to buy, but when you think of your teen driving on the busy roads, the brand has a couple of models you can definitely consider. The Hyundai Elantra is a recommended choice for teens because of its simplicity and affordability. In addition, it has a five-star rating in frontal-impact collision protection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

The Elantra SE variant is also considered as one of the safest cars for teens by Consumer Reports. The Elantra Touring hatchback is also listed, and it features a sport-tuned suspension for driving on bumpy roads. Another Hyundai on the list is the Sonata, which is slightly larger than the Elantra. The extra bulk on the body may help keep passengers safe in the event of a crash. Both vehicles have good mileage and are easy to maintain, making them good choices for teen drivers.

Size Matters

Sedans trump large vehicles when it comes to being teen-appropriate not only because of their stability, but because of social factors as well: more passengers mean more distractions. A young driver may easily lose focus on the road when distracted by a noisy or rowdy group of friends. Bigger vehicles may also be heavier and more difficult to handle for teens. Additionally, oversized cars have a tendency to use up more gas—your teen may end up asking you for more allowance, or gas money.

Teens usually already have an idea of what car they want, and it is up to the parents to make their young ones understand that safety is the top concern. There will be plenty of compromising involved for sure, but with the number of teen-appropriate models to choose from, parents and teens will surely find something they can all be happy with.

– This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35


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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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