Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting times in life. It provides the recipient, often a teenager, with the new ability to transport himself or herself freely, without relying on anyone else.
Unfortunately, new teenage drivers are also a high-risk group for accidents. According to information from 2012 in their Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that “teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely” to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers older than 20.
And while safe driving programs and other types of motorist education may help lower this number, so can putting the new driver in a car that helps protect him or her on their road. The following provides a list of cars that have achieved high safety rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
Dodge Dart (2013)
The existence and position of airbags comprise the most important aspects of safety in an automobile. And the Dodge Dart shines brightly in this category because it possesses a host of airbags, with front and rear head curtain airbags, rear-seat mounted pelvis airbags and airbags placed in the lower instrument panel to protect the knees from sustaining injuries in a crash.
Chrysler 200 4-Door (2013)
While the Chrysler 200 may hold its weight in airbag placement, it also proves to be a safe choice with its host of other protective features, including:
- auto-leveling headlights;
- traction control;
- integrated turn signal mirrors; and
- daytime running lights for greater road visibility.
For added safety, the airbags in this model also will deploy with varying amounts of force, depending on the nature of the accident.
Ford Fusion (2013)
Known for its handling abilities and sleek look, the Ford Fusion also presents one of the safest rides on the road. This new model employs a new type of ventilation system that reinforces protection from side impacts, as well as a restraint control module that uses information provided by cabin sensors to deploy airbags adequately in the event of an accident.
Subaru Outback (2013)
Although the Subaru Outback is most recognized as a favorite of skiers, mountaineers and others living in the mountains, it also can provide an added level of safety for any new driver. The Subaru Outback now comes with a rollover sensor, as well as an engine placed lower than normal in order to allow it to proceed under the chassis of the car in a front-end collision.
Staying Safe as a New Driver
Of course, as a new driver, there is more to staying out of harm’s way than simply driving a safe car.
New drivers always should:
- stay alert;
- refrain from texting and driving; and
- never drive while intoxicated.
Unfortunately, even if all of these safety measures are followed and even if the new driver is in a safe car, accident injuries still do occur. If you or someone you know has been involved in a wreck, call Rob Levine & Associates for help. We can assist those who seek compensation for injuries they experienced in a car accident. Call us today at 800-LAW-1222.