In past years, when a student or learning driver was looking for a new car the thought was that they should get the most beaten-up and destroyed vehicle that still ran. They wouldn’t be able to break it, right? And if the worst should happen and they did flip it, well, it was really affordable anyway. However, that thinking has changed thanks to the arrival of new technology, especially safety features. So what is the best car for students and teens today? Here are five things to keep in mind when shopping for that first car.
Getting a Good Price
Learning drivers (and their families) may not have a lot of room in the budget for another vehicle. Finding a car for a good price, or with affordable financing, can be very important.
Newer vehicles offer advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear backup cameras. All of these can play a big part in keeping drivers aware of road conditions, whether they are just learning or are experienced behind the wheel.
Phones are a part of our driving experience now, whether parents want them to be or not. Choosing a newer vehicle that helps drivers do what they want to do (make calls or respond to text messages) without taking their eyes off the road may be a good choice for young drivers. Of course, for parents who worry about how a new driver is adapting to the road, there are also features that will monitor how a specific driver handles the road, and even create restrictions on top speeds and sound system volume.
Too large of a car is hard to handle, but too small and it won’t be useful when a student is making a trip to a new school or needs to transport things for a job. Finding the just-right size for a student car is important.
If your student is driving, they will want to spend as little money as possible on filling up, whether they have a five-minute drive to school or an hour commute. A newer, small car will generally offer better gas mileage than a larger, older one.