It's for everyone's safety.
We've all been there before, and some of you probably are at that age right now, the time to buy your first car. Of course any young gearhead is going to want something fast and powerful, we all know the real truth, regardless of your age: teenagers plus fast car is a terrible idea. But that doesn't mean teens shouldn't be not allowed to drive, or to enjoy their first car experience. It just means parents need to know proceed with caution and be aware of which cars to buy and what to avoid.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released this video explaining the four things parents and teens should be looking for prior to making that car purchase. First up (and this obvious), avoid lots of horsepower. The greater the horsepower, the greater the likelihood of an accident.
Second, bigger and heavier cars are safer, plain and simple. Third, make sure the vehicle in question has electronic stability control, which has been mandatory on all new cars since 2012. Lastly, be sure to check the IIHS and National Highway and Safety Transportation Administration's safety ratings. Cross referencing both ought to give parents a very good indicator whether or not a particular car is safe or not. Other factors not mentioned, such as reliability and budget, are also important, but these four listed tips are guaranteed to help find the right car for that new driver.