|My son, who is in High School, wants a car. What is the safest kind of car to drive?
Teen drivers account for one of the two highest death rates of any age group (the other is older drivers). Not only do teen drivers lack experience, many of them are tempted to show off by speeding and driving recklessly, which very often leads to tragedy.
Motorists your son's age should drive vehicles that offer the most and best possible interior protection devices, such as seat belts and airbags, mechanical and electrical safety devices like ABS brakes, high brake lights and daytime running lights, and overall safety engineering with reinforced passenger compartments and effective body crush zones.
Ideally, here are the parameters for the vehicle your son should drive:
- A midsize or large car with seat belts and airbags.
- A stable car. Avoid SUVs with their hazardous high center of gravity.
- A non-turbo charged, supercharged or muscle-engined car.
- A car with no less than four stars or an acceptable rating in crash tests.