As parents watch their teens hit the milestone of getting their license and gaining independence, they begin to recognize the potential need for an additional vehicle in the family. Every parent wants the same thing for their child: safety and happiness. Parents can acheive this goal on the roads by guiding their teen to a holistic vehicle.
Besides emphasizing the importance of practicing safe driving techniques (such as refraining from cell phone use, maintaining eyes on the road and adhering to the speed limit), parents can better ensure their young drivers' safety by equipping them with the most practical vehicle.
Parents should first determine if their teen needs a vehicle of their own based on maturity level, financial stability and time.
If the decision is made to purchase a vehicle, AAA suggests considering the following categories in the selection process:
- Safety – New teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The newer models of each manufacturer come standard with beneficial safety features such as antilock brakes, advanced driver assistance systems, crash notification systems, driver attention level monitoring, and stability control.
- Affordability– A recent AAA study claims that owning and operating a new vehicle in 2017 will cost a driver an average of $8,469 annually. Families need to consider the car payment, insurance, fuel and maintenance costs in the decision.
- Reliability – When purchasing a used car, parents should check the vehicle's maintenance and collision histories, conduct a pre-purchase inspection and avoid vehicles with excessive mileage. When purchasing a new vehicle, parents should understand the warranty and different maintenance plans offered. AAA recommends looking into reviews from other consumers.
AAA understands the importance of this decision for both teens and their parents. Our AAA Auto Buying service is equipped with experienced staff ready to assist parents in finding the perfect vehicle catered to their specific needs. Visit our AAA Auto Buying website today to learn more about our service and what our team can do for you.