What Is The Safest Car For A Teenage Driver?
Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy Has An Answer That Could Save Their Life.
If your teenager has received their driver’s license or you are sending a child off to college, you like every parent are concerned about their safety.
Many of you may mistakenly believe that a bigger vehicle is a safer vehicle. That’s simply not true. In fact you could be putting them into a big vehicle that is far less safe that a smaller vehicle.
My suggestions are based on our engineering experience in trying more than 2700 motor vehicle accident lawsuits against auto manufacturers for putting unsafe vehicles on the road. By the way, government crash tests are not an accurate measure of a vehicle’s safety system. Those tests frequently don’t recreate what happens in the real world with real drivers behind the wheel.
So what are the safest cars for teens? I’m going to give you the answer in the video above so you make a better selection when you go car shopping for your teenager.
15 Tips For Buying The Safest Car For Your Teenager
- Don’t buy any vehicle with an 8 cylinder engine. Most beginning driver’s have no business driving a vehicle that can accelerate quickly.
- Don’t allow your child to ever allow anyone to sit in the rear seat. When you get more than two children under age 18 in a vehicle, you are asking for problems.
- Stay away from any vehicle that has oversized tires, roll bars, lift kits and front grill guards. Also, stay away from 4-wheel drive vehicles or any vehicle where the doors can be removed.
- Stay away from vehicles that have a lot of glass. Here is why. The more glass on a vehicle, the less metal. The less metal, the less structural integrity.
- Stay away from sports utility vehicles. (note the Volvo XC90 is an exception because it has every safety feature known to mankind on it).
- Make certain that the vehicle has not been involved in a previous accident. Don’t rely on Internet services such as CarFax. Take the vehicle to a body shop and have a qualified technician look for paint overspray and for mismatched paint coloring. Lift the vehicle up in the air and look at the rails to see if they have been straightened, welded or reinforced. Take the carpet out in the trunk and look at the trunk structure for previous impact damage. If a vehicle has been involved in a previous accident, you have no way to know if the hidden safety features inside your vehicle have worked previously and can’t work again.
- Buy a vehicle that has as many airbags as possible, but make certain that a qualified mechanic verifies that all the airbag components are working properly.
- Don’t buy a vehicle that has jump seats that face sideways. These seats can’t protect anyone in the event of an accident.
- Contact your local Medical Examiner and ask if they can show your child an autopsy of a young person who was drinking and driving and was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Seeing a peer laying on a slab for all the world to see is an awakening for all to see.
- Enroll your child in a high performance driving course like Team Texas that is at the Texas Motor Speedway. Driving courses teach the basics. Beginning drivers need to know how to get themselves out of driving problems, not make bad situations even worse. My wife and I have taken this course.
- Don’t allow your child to modify the vehicle in any way once it is purchased. No fancy wheels, no oversized tires, no lift kits, no lowering packages, no inlaid wood steering wheels. This can void the warranty. Also, it may prevent you or your child from pursuing an action against the vehicle manufacturer if any safety system ever fails.
- Don’t allow oversized speakers or woofers to be placed inside the vehicle or the trunk. In an accident, a 15 pound object can become a 500 pound object. Also, a speaker or woofer can become a projectile that renders a safety system totally ineffective when it crashes into your head.
- Make sure that the vehicle is equipped with Bluetooth technology so that a cell phone can be used only with hands-free capability. Most smartphones can be set to read text messages aloud. Texting and driving is deadly. I have an SUV in my crash lab in which three teenage girls were killed by a driver that was texting.
- Make your child pay for something on the vehicle such as gas, maintenance, insurance. This way they will learn to appreciate that a vehicle is a valuable possession.
- Stress to your child that no matter what kind of vehicle they drive, a vehicle is a several thousand pound lethal weapon.
“My child is getting ready to buy a vehicle for the first time, do I need to surround them in a vehicle that is heavier than everything else around them, that is bigger than everything else around them and it has more structure around them?”
Well I’m here to tell you that bigger is not necessarily safer. I routinely tell people who ask me, “my child is getting ready to buy their first vehicle what should I buy them,” I always tell them get a Subaru Crosstrek. It’s an inexpensive vehicle that has spectacular steel, spectacular structure. They just did it right. They designed it right. They tested it right. They used the right material. And I will tell you this, better material equals better vehicle. Better testing equals better vehicle. Better engineering equals better vehicle. I’m telling you the Subaru CrossTrek they did it right. This vehicle was not done right. They didn’t use the right material and by right material I’m talking ultra high strength steel. Boron steel. Steel with Martensite in it. This vehicle was not drop tested. This vehicle was not rolled over. This vehicle did not test for animal strikes. Safest vehicle on the road for the money today, Subaru Crosstrek. If you are going to buy a vehicle for your child, buy a Crosstrek.
Most people don’t know that they can sue car manufacturers, bus manufacturers and 18-wheeler truck manufacturers for unsafe vehicles that cause death or serious injuries in car accidents.
Todd Tracy focuses on “Who Caused The Serious Car Accident Injuries or Death” — not who caused the accident. Even if you may be at fault in the cause of the accident such loosing control on an icy or wet surface, you still may have a case if your vehicle’s safety systems failed to protect you. Car companies are required by federal motor vehicle safety standards to make vehicles that will protect the driver and passengers from catastrophic injuries or death.
If you, a family member or a friend have suffered a traumatic car accident injury or they were killed in an auto accident, you need to contact a car accident lawyer with a successful record in court for fighting the world’s biggest car companies.
Contact Todd Tracy here to “Find Out If You Have A Case” or call 214-324-9000.