June 6, 2011, ERIE, PA — An Erie Times article today reported that Consumer Reports announced the top three new cars for teen drivers. According to the Times article (an AP contribution), Consumer Reports has determined that the three best new cars for teen drivers are the VW Jetta, the Kia Optima and the Hyundai Sonata. The article briefly explains that each car is reasonably priced, has reasonable fuel costs and has good safety features.
I was a little surprised. I’m a regular reader of Consumer Reports and I find that they usually offer more detail in their reports. I figured the news article was just a summary and so I went to Consumer Reports to find the original report. Unfortunately, my brief review did not reveal the report that was featured in the Erie Times article.
However, I did find a host of helpful resources for people thinking about buying their teen driver a car. There is a helpful article (including a video) on used cars for teens as well as an index of used cars for teens recommended by CR. And there other resources for teen drivers as well, including: a survey on common driver err ors in teen car accidents; teen driving tips ; and other helpful information .
It’s hard to imagine but your teen faces no higher risk than that posed by driving. Car accidents are the number of one killer of teens. In 2009, car crashes killed 3000 teens age 15 – 19 and sent more than 350,000 to emergency rooms. According to the Center for Disease Control, teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. There is no more important consideration when picking a car for your teen than safety.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Pennsylvania car accident, you should contact a Pennsylvania injury lawyer. The Erie injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. help people injured in Northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie County, Crawford County, Venango County and Warren County. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and contingency fees (no fee if no recovery) for injury cases.
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