The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit organization that analyzes auto safety and driving issues has said that big, boring, slow cars are best for teenage drivers because of their higher risk of being involved in a automobile crash.
Consumer Reports has also recently issued a list of the best cars for teen drivers, emphasizing the importance of an electronic stability control safety feature for new drivers. Systems such as these applies to brakes to one or more of the car's wheels when a vehicle begins to slide in a turn in order to keep it on course.
Electronic stability control can reduce the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by 50 percent and fatal multiple vehicle crash by 19 percent. It also reduces rollover potential in SUVs by over 72 percent. This feature will be required on vehicles from the 2012 model year and on.
A small, light-weight car is not suggested for teenagers, but SUVs and pickup trucks should also be avoided because of their high rollover risk. The best car for young drivers will have the most safety features as possible, including anti-lock brakes and curtain air bags.
The risk of getting into a car accident is four times as high for 16 to 19-year-olds, per mile driven. And for a 16-year-old driver, they are twice as likely to get into a wreck than 18 to 19-year-old drivers.