Learning driving is an excitement for teens. And selecting a car after getting their driving license is still more exciting process. Here explains Anusha Ramesh, an Indian origin American, of her experience…..
Once we high schoolers get our freshly printed driver’s licenses, the next agenda is to get a set of car keys to flaunt.
How nice it will be to be independent and driving everywhere on your own. This is the hot topic of discussion with parents who have to give in, irrespective of their concerns as we youngsters will soon have to be driving to college, especially in towns where public transportation is not an option.
I researched a little bit and understood that car choices will vary when it comes to finalizing the best vehicle for a first-time driver. Key factors like size of the car, type of frequented roads, purchase or lease decisions, to purchase new or get used car andwhether reliabilityor fun is to be the deciding criteria.
Important considerations for choosing a car will be safety equipment, crash test scores, reliability ratings and fuel-efficiency. Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Head-protecting side airbags, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, back-up camera are features that will make the young driver behind the wheel safer.
The focus here is to look at a list of favorable, easy to drive and park cars that have minimum ownership costs, simple controls and good sight line to suit the younger needs. Also, one needs to keep in mind insurance companies charge young drivers higher rates for sporty cars and big engines, which also add to more fuel and maintenance costs.
Let’s take a look at some of the best first cars which are easy-to-drive, reasonably priced for drivers who have just got their driving license, which will hold got until their 20’s, as recommended by a few consumer reports based on current expert reviews and data: Chevrolet Spark, Kia Soul, Volkswagen Passat and Mazda MX-5 Miata.
These cars are small making them a breeze to drive, especially in crowded urban areas and they will fit easily into most parking spots. They also feature simple and straightforward interiors, with easy-to-read gauges and simple climate controls.
And a recent report in Business Insider suggested a range of reliable, comfortable, practical, economical and safe used cars for first time drivers. These include: Honda Civic, Toyota Celica, Ford Mustang, Lexus IS300 and Volvo S40.
Whichever car you get to drive as a teen, it should be kept in mind to stay away from music apps while driving as it is distracting and dangerous. Texting while driving is another definite no, no as it prevents you from focusing on the road. No wonder parents are concerned and anxious when we teens are about to drive by ourselves. Let us stay away from destructive driving habits and take the driving privilege professionally and drive responsibly.