One of the biggest concerns a new driver has is safety. Whether you are getting your license for the first time as an adult or your teenager is getting ready to get behind the wheel, you want to be sure that the vehicle that will be driven is as safe as possible. While nothing can take the place of good driving habits, a car that has optimal safety options can protect you from injury in the event of an accident.
When safety professionals determine the safest cars on the market, they look at several factors. Among these are handling ability, overall safety ratings, unique safety features, accident rates and roll over rating. With all of these things in mind, here are the safest cars on today’s market for the first time driver.
The Mazda3 is a sporty little car favored by the younger generation. It has great fuel economy and received a five-star safety rating. It soured four out of five in rollover tests, and five out of five in side and frontal crashes. For its relatively low price range, this vehicle is an excellent choice.
When the Kia make first hit the market, it was seen as a cheap car for kids. The brand has come a long way since its first days and is now looked upon favorably by the mass market. The Forte has high safety ratings and gets 39 miles per gallon on the highway. The car received perfect scores on side and front crash ratings as well as rollover tests.
Another sporty little car, the vehicle was redesigned in 2015 and has an amazing new exterior. It is more spacious and rounded than previous models, has speed and a little boost of power. It received an overall rating of five stars. With a pretty low price point, the car is as affordable as it is safe.
The Dodge Dart is another car that has excellent fuel economy while maintaining great safety. It is slightly more expensive than other cars in its size-range, but don’t let that deter you. If you are looking for a safe car for a first-time driver, this one was rated with five stars on crash tests and four stars in rollover tests.
Like the Kia, the Hyundai has come a long way. No longer thought of as a cheap alternative for “regular” cars, the Hyundai is becoming one of the most popular makes on today’s roads. The Elantra has decent fuel economy and a perfect five star rating when it comes to safety. If there is one complaint about this car it is a lack of headroom.
Imagine your new driver maneuvering over the open road in a cool Jetta. It is one of the best selling cars on today’s market, for good reason: It is one of the safest. The NHTSA gave the vehicle five stars for safety and in side crash ratings. It received four out of five stars in frontal and rollover accidents.
The Veloster is another offering by Hyundai that is receiving high marks for its safety. It is one of the most fuel economic cars on the market, and it comes loaded with options that people love. It received a five star rating and received five out of five stars on side crashes and four out of five stars on frontal and rollover accidents.
The Honda Civic Sedan is a safe car that any new driver would love to own. The 2014 model received a Top Safety Pick Award for the IIHS. Not only is the car incredibly safe, but its resale value is typically high. This is a fantastic car for first time drivers who plan on upgrading their vehicles in the future.
The Corolla is one of the most reliable cars available today, and has been consistently so. Previous models of the car have been known to last for more than 200,000 miles. One of the reasons that the car is one of the best selling on the market is its amazing safety ratings.
The Sonic is a small car that many people may not look twice at. This would be a mistake. The small car has impressive crash ratings, and the NHTSA has given it perfect scores for front and side crash test results. It is also very affordable.
If you are looking for a safe car for a new driver, any of these models are excellent choices. Don’t pass a car up simply because of its size. Even small cars today are built with safety features that will protect drivers and passengers in collisions.
If you have been injured in an accident in West Palm Beach, contact our office. A member of our team will help you set up an appointment for a free case evaluation at which time we will advise you of your options.