Tips For Parents of First Time Drivers

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Have a teen getting ready to drive? Let’s talk about some do’s and don’ts for first cars.

Bigger isn’t always better.

There is an old myth that larger vehicles, like pickups and SUVs, are safer than sedans. This is a myth. All vehicles sold are thoroughly tested, and the IIHS holds sedans to much stricter standards due to their size. If it is legal for the road, it was designed to be safe.

Reliability over flashy.

Of course every kid wants a cool first vehicle. But consider how much it would cost to maintain before buying. Since most kids aren’t getting brand new cars as first cars, there will be at least some maintenance involved. Toyotas and Hondas generally have the lowest cost of ownership year over year.

Shop for insurance.

Legally, all North Carolina drivers have to have liability insurance at a minimum. Unfortunately, teenagers also tend to be the most expensive to insure. Don’t just put your kids on your plan for convenience. Shop around, find the best price.

Instill basic maintenance habits.

Good habits start at home! Be sure to teach your kids why it’s important to change oil on time, keep air in the tires and keep an eye on dashboard lights. The last thing anyone wants is an expensive repair because nobody knew how to keep things maintained!

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