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Honda, Chevy, Subaru Offer Best Cars for Teens

Annual report unveils best cars, crossovers and utes for teen drivers.

by on Aug.22, 2017

The 2017 Toyota Corolla was named the best car for teens under $20,000.

As teenagers ready to head back to school this fall, they’ll be looking for school supplies, new clothes and, in some cases, a car to get back and forth each day and to ferry them to afterschool activities as well.

For a select few, that first vehicle will also be their first new vehicle, but what is the best choice among new vehicles? How big an engine should a newly minted driver be trusted with? Small car or large SUV?

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Fortunately for those making that big decision, U.S. News & World Report has put together its annual best new vehicles for teens list sorted by classification and price with important features in mind for young drivers. (more…)

Maryland Tops List of Safest States for Teen Drivers

Montana rests at the bottom of list for second straight year.

by on May.02, 2017

Maryland is the safest state for teen drivers, who are often easily distracted when behind the wheel.

If you’ve got a teenager behind the wheel, you know that “safest” is all relative; however, a new survey shows that the safest state for teen drivers is Maryland.

According to, the home to Big 10’s Terrapins is safest with New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts rounding out the top five. Maryland and Massachusetts are the only states from last year’s top three to again make the top three this year, although Massachusetts and Alaska were first and third respectively last year.

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And where is the least safest? Montana, which finished ranked 51st out of 50 states – and Washington D.C. The rest of the bottom five included North Dakota, Kansas, Wyoming and Alabama. (more…)

Chevy Gives More Owners a Chance to Track Teen Drivers

New package also limits top speed and radio volume.

by on Aug.23, 2016

Chevy's Teen Driver Technology gives parents a slew of information about how they're young driver handles their time behind the wheel.

No one is more aware of how bad a driver a teenager is than the parent of that teenage driver. The first months and years are often fraught with worry as they back out of the driveway to head to school or meet with friends.

Automakers have been trying to soothe the frazzled nerves of parents for years with a variety of in-car technologies aimed at limiting the parameters of teenage tomfoolery behind the wheel. Last year, Chevy introduced its Teen Driver Report Card option on the 2016 Malibu.

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The report card tells parents how far their young drivers traveled, what their top speed was and, perhaps most importantly, what safety features, if any, were activated during the trip. The idea was to give parents some hard data to use in discussing how to become a better driver. (more…)

Get Safer Teen Drivers by Giving Them Better Cars

U.S. News unveils new car list for teens.

by on Jul.26, 2016

New safety technologies offer parents some peace of mind as their youngsters get behind the wheel.

Parents of soon-to-be-teenage drivers are often faced with a tough decision: what should the newly minted motorist tool around town in?

There two trains of thoAdd an Imageught on this: an older car that when it gets a dings, scratches and dents that often come with learning the rules of the road won’t require a call to the insurance company or a newer vehicle replete with the latest in safety technology, but often comes with a monthly payment and a much higher insurance tab.

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If the latter of the two is your choice, then you’re facing a mountain of choices, all of which will likely be pretty good. However, the folks at U.S. News and World Report have compiled their annual list of Best New Cars for Teens to help parents weed through the options. (more…)

Traffic Deaths Highest in Lenient States

Study shows lax states suffer with highest fatality rates.

by on Jul.19, 2016

A new study shows that there is a correlation between lenient driving laws and a high rate of driving deaths.

America’s in the midst of the 100 most dangerous days of the year for teenager drivers across the country, and a new study shows that lax driving laws directly correlate to increased traffic fatalities.

Conducted by the Auto Insurance Center, this new study shows that states with least restrictive laws related to teen driving, speed limits and other areas have the highest incident rates.

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For teenagers, Wyoming reported the highest rate of deaths for teen drivers and the state has only mild restrictions on teen drivers. However, the next two states on the list, Montana and North Dakota, have some of the least restrictive rules for teen drivers, granting them full privileges at age 16. (more…)

New York Tops List of Best States for Teen Drivers

South Dakota finishes last ahead of North Dakota and Wyoming.

by on Jun.22, 2016

Young drivers are less likely to exhibit risky behavior if given clear rules about what's acceptable when they are behind the wheel.

New York topped this year’s list of best states for teenage drivers. Rankings in the top five for safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws, put it ahead of Oregon and Illinois. New York finished first last year as well.

The Empire State was also home to the second lowest premium increase for adding a teen driver to a policy and had the second fewest teen driver fatalities per teen population in the U.S.

Subscribe Now! puts the list together each year and bases the results on 16 metrics that “collectively speak” to each state’s safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws. The data set ranges from the number of teen driver fatalities to the average cost of car repairs to the presence of impaired-driving laws. (more…)

Parents Who Set Rules Produce Safer Teen Drivers

Study shows young drivers model behavior of parents while driving.

by on May.16, 2016

Young drivers are less likely to exhibit risky behavior if given clear rules about what's acceptable when they are behind the wheel.

Teachers often say that students thrive in classrooms with clear rules and expectations and a new study shows that concept translates to the road when teenage drivers get their license. Parents who lay out clear guidelines and parameters and then model those behaviors develop the safest drivers.

A research study from Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation reveals that teens who are given rules about what they can do when driving are less likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel.

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For instance, teens who have an established family rule against drinking and driving were 10 times less likely to report doing that illegal behavior than those who didn’t have an established rule, according to the group. (more…)

Car Crashes No. 1 Killer of Teenagers in US

National Safety Council provides suggestions for new drivers.

by on May.03, 2016

The top cause of teenage deaths in the is U.S. is car crashes. A few tips and some rules can help mitigate some of the causes.

It’s a rite of passage for every teenager: getting a driver’s license, or at least for many teens these days.

Part of that ritual is the inevitable lecture from parents about how driving is a big responsibility and that is not to be taken lightly. That sermon comes from a good place, even if most parents don’t fully understand how very important it may be.

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According to a new National Safety Council poll, 76% of parents don’t know that the biggest threat to their child’s safety is that 2,500-pound behemoth sitting in the driveway: car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S. (more…)

Best Type of First Cars for Teens: Slow and Safe

IIHS lists suggest bigger, less powerful vehicles are top choices.

by on Oct.09, 2015

Stylish in its day, the 2009 Saab 9-5 is one of the better choices for first-time teenage drivers.

If your teenager’s first car doesn’t make them yawn, it may not be a good choice.

Putting teenagers behind the wheel is scary enough when a parent is in the vehicle with them, but what to choose for their first vehicle not only heightens those fears, but it can also be a source of friction if their wants and a parent’s choice don’t align.

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However, a new list from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that boring and bigger are better when it comes to that first car. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in a variety of price ranges that meet those options. (more…)

The 10 Best New Cars for Your Teens

Practical, affordable, safe - and still fun to drive.

by on Aug.20, 2015

The Honda Fit comes highly recommended for teenage drivers with plenty of safety features and versatility.

With the kids heading back to school, you may be thinking about putting some of your older ones on wheels. But what are the best cars for a teen driver?

Coming up with the right model can be a challenge, but there are some important factors to keep in mind, safety first and foremost. So, while your teen might have a BMW M3, Ford Mustang or Volkswagen Golf R high on their list, you’re likely to look for something a bit more practical.

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And affordable. You don’t want to strain your household budget or stretch the thin wallet of a teen heading off to college. And affordability involves more than just the up-front price. You also have to consider fuel and insurance costs. Unfortunately, teens typically get socked with hefty premiums , though you can bring that down with the right car. (more…)