DMV: DMV Praises Insurance Study on Best Cars for Teen Drivers

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July 16, 2014
For Immediate Release

DMV Praises Insurance Study on
Best Cars for Teen Drivers

WETHERSFIELD --  The state Department of Motor Vehicles today praised the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its findings on the safest cars for teens to drive.

The IIHS said young drivers should stay away from high horsepower because they’ll be tempted to test the limits. It recommends driving bigger, heaver vehicles because they can protect teens better in a crash. That means no mini-cars or small cars.
It also pointed out that many parents buy used cars for their teens based on price rather than considering the risks teens face and consider paying a little more.
“This important report shows clearly again the critical role that parents play to ensure their teen remains safe behind the wheel. It is not just enforcing the teen safe driving laws, but also choosing the right car for their newly licensed driver,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey.
The recommendations on teen vehicle choice are guided by four main principles:
  • Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.
  • Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash. There are no mini-cars or small cars on the recommended list. Small SUVs are included because their weight is similar to that of a midsize car.
  • Electronic Stability Control is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.
  • Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible. At a minimum, that means good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test, acceptable ratings in the IIHS side crash test and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Content Last Modified on 9/22/2014 10:16:02 AM