IIHS Issues Safest Used Cars For Teens List

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Many teenagers are driving cars that don’t offer good crash protection and don’t have important safety technology, according the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

They’re known for their safety ratings of new vehicles, but for many families, a new car isn’t in the budget. With that in mind, they’ve compiled a list of the safest used cars for teens.

The IIHS recommends parents follow four main principles when choosing a car for their teen. First, young drivers should stay away from high horsepower; vehicles with more powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits. Second, bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash; there are no minicars or small cars on the recommended list. Third, the IIHS says electronic stability control is a must; the feature helps a driver keep control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, and reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts. Lastly, go for vehicles with the best safety ratings possible.

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You can find the complete list of IIHS recommended used vehicles here: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/iihs-issues-recommendations-on-used-vehicles-for-teens-after-research-finds-many-arent-driving-the-safest-ones