It is a big day when your teenager gets their drivers license. Both exciting, and a little bit scary. Maryland Auto Insurance Fund understands the challenges of having a teen driver. We want our children to drive well and stay safe. The car they drive can make a difference and with today’s technology cars are safer than ever before. Our MAIF providers offer some tips on what to look for when buying your teens first car.
- Safety is always a top priority for any driver, but especially for those first time drivers. Size can make a difference in safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends not buying a small car for your first time driver. Mid sized or larger SUVs may be a better option. These vehicles tend to be a little sturdier and can hold up better.
- Look for a vehicle a few years old. The cars are still carry all of the same the safety features but will not cost you as much money. Bumps and scratches are bound to happen, so an older or even gently used car could be a great option for your teen.
- Modern safety features to look for- antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and forward collision warning system. Many cars come with these as standard options. Newer cars may have a crash notification system to alert authorities in case of an accident or a backup camera which can help improve visibility.
Be Sure They Are Insured
And remember, your teen will need care insurance, it is Maryland state law. Contact a Maryland Auto Insurance Fund provider today to find out what great rates we can offer you and your teenage driver.