New Research Recommends Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers


Published 07/16 2014 12:16PM

Updated 07/16 2014 09:51PM

(ABC) Many teenagers are driving vehicles that don't offer good crash protection and lack important safety technology, according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Institute released its first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens after an IIHS survey found that 83 percent of parents bought a used vehicle for their teens.

The IIHS suggests parents follow these guidelines when buying a car for their teen:

- Stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more powerful engines can young drivers to test the limits.

- Look for bigger, heavier vehicles that protect better in a crash.

-  Electronic Stability Control is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.

- Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible.

"Teens have a very high crash risk because they're inexperienced drivers and they're immature -- they're youthful. But, the vehicle that they're in can be really important," said Anne McCartt, senior VP for research at The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Click here to see the list of used vehicles the IIHS has complied that meet its safety criteria for teen drivers.

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