Report pinpoints safest cars for teens

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released an annual report Thursday on which cars are safe and affordable for teen drivers.

According to the IIHS, it’s getting easier to find a used vehicle with the right safety features and good crash-test performance without spending a lot of money. The report shows average purchase price for a teen’s vehicle was $9,800; the mid-ranged price-tag for a teen’s vehicle is $5,300.

The two requirements required to make on the list is to cost under $20,000 and have a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 4 or 5-star overall safety rating. Last year’s report did not include any pickup trucks because there were none that were affordable enough to make it on the list. The Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tundra crew-cab and Ford-150 crew-cab made it on the list.

When considering a teen’s safety and wallet, the IIHS said you should consider the following:

  • Find bigger, heavier vehicles
  • Avoid cars with lots of horse power
  • Remember the electronic stability control

The American Academy of Pediatrics said in Ohio more than 1,000 teen drivers have died in the last decade. In the United States, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over.

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