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Worried About Your Kids Behind The Wheel? Don’t Be! Cars Have Never Been Safer!

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It can be scary for any parent to send their kid out into the world behind the wheel of a car. Sure, they’ve passed their test, and you’ve driven with them, so you know how safe they are, but that doesn’t stop the anxiety from creeping up your spine when you first see them pulling out of the driveway. You trust them to be responsible behind the wheel, but there are still so many risks out there that it’s only natural that you feel somewhat worried about them. However, there is some good news! The truth is that cars have never been safer than they are today and your kids are in far less danger in their first few years of driving than you were. Here are just a few of the reasons why modern drivers are far safer than previous generations.

Strict testing

One of the reasons that older cars were so dangerous is that many manufacturers simply weren’t aware of how they would act when put under the kind of pressure that results from an accident. However, in the modern age, there are entire departments of car manufacturers that are explicitly dedicated to smashing cars into tiny pieces to see exactly what they can withstand. This information allows manufacturers to adjust the way they build cars in order to make them as safe as possible.

New materials

One of the best things about modern cars, from a safety standpoint, is just how light they are. That might sound counterintuitive, but it really does make a big difference. Older cars were huge, heavy things that were actually so tough that all of the energy from a crash went straight into the passengers. However, new cars are made from lightweight steel and carbon fiber which allows areas of the car to absorb impact much more effectively. This means that passengers are actually much safer and that something that might have been a fatal crash thirty years ago is now little more than a bump on the road.

Greater skills and understanding

As with any other area of engineering, methods for keeping cars running are constantly being updated and developed. Because of that mechanics have never been more skilled or better informed. While you might once have been worried about how well a mechanic was going to take care of your vehicle, you now know that taking your car to somewhere like AME Auto Services means that it’s in good hands. Not only that but thanks to the internet you and your teenager have access to huge amounts of information on how to keep their car running at all times.

Of course, there are still risks involved every time your kids get out onto the road. However, it’s important to remember that the independence and maturity that comes with their first car is something that every teenager has to go through and you should be as supportive as possible. Even if they end up getting into a fender bender here and there, at least you know that they’ll be safe.

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A Car Buying Guide For Young First-Time Drivers

Throughout your life as a driver, you will go through the car purchasing process on several occasions. As with anything in life, experience should make you a more competent vehicle owner, leading to easier and smarter decisions. Unfortunately, that offers very little comfort when entering your first transaction.

Thankfully, this guide specifically for the first-time driver should put you on the road to successful ownership. Here’s all you need to know.

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Prioritize Practicality

Most people have a dream car. Even if you can’t afford that $200,000 supercar, wanting the most attractive vehicle within your budget is only natural. However, you should always keep function and practicality at the top of your agenda. That’s why the Fiat 500 and other cars designed for new road users can be the perfect starting point for your research. Sadly, choosing the wrong model could see the benefits of being able to drive become very limited.

In truth, you are unlikely to keep your first car forever. Nonetheless, you will be driving this model for several years. Therefore, it’s important to consider the changes that may occur in that time. Of course, those long-term thoughts shouldn’t cloud your immediate needs.  Meanwhile, the climate of your geographic location may have a big influence too.

This is the car that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. If you want those memories to be positive, taking the smart and practical route is imperative.   

Go Used

Throughout the process of learning to drive, you’ve spent many nights thinking about leaving the forecourt in your brand new motor. In reality, though, opting for a model on the used marketplace would probably be a far better option.   

Road safety figures show that drivers are far more likely to encounter a crash in their first two years on the road. For those reasons, a reliable but affordable first car is ideal. On a financial front, taking this route should also lower the other associated costs. When you compare car insurance quotes, you’ll soon see that opting for a car that’s maybe two or three years old is the best decision. Just remember that a vehicle that needs lots of repair work isn’t any good either, and you cannot go wrong.

Besides, the first car purchase will be exciting regardless. Saving the joy of buying your first brand new vehicle for a later date can bring long-term benefits too.

Know The Car

If you are buying a used car, a full service history can be very beneficial. Whether this is or isn’t available, though, you must take the vehicle for a test drive before making any commitment. Frankly, this one trick will go a long way to confirming whether it’s the vehicle for you.

Your research into the vehicle shouldn’t end there, though. You can check the safety features and rating of the model online for added insight. Likewise, impartial reviews will often provide greater information than a salesman. After all, the dealer is trying to sell the car that they want to sell. Do not forget it.

Once you have purchased the car, you should also take the time to read your manual from cover to cover. Understanding the finer details, including the dashboard warnings, will provide huge help in the long haul. Learn how to complete simple maintenance tasks, and you’ll also see benefits to the longevity and resale value.

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Why Do Teenagers Make Dangerous Drivers?

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Inexperience – This is one of the simplest, but most prevalent causes behind traffic collisions involving teenagers. They’re still getting used to how to operate a vehicle, and learning the rules of the road. Due to this, many young drivers simply aren’t equipped to make the kind of calls to keep themselves safe. Aside from that, many teenagers can be reckless and impulsive, which is obviously dangerous when mixed with inexperience.

Speeding – Teenagers, particularly males, are much more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors, like speeding and taking corners too fast. Aside from that, teenagers are also much more likely to tailgate than older drivers. This, of course, decreases the time they have to react to other cars on the road, and increases the risk of an accident.

Neglecting Seatbelts – Out of every age group on the road, teenagers are typically the most likely to neglect their seatbelts. Statistics have shown that a whole fifth of teenage drivers regularly drive without a seatbelt. This can be a major contributing factor to injuries and deaths in collisions.

Drinking and Driving – Despite the fact that a lot of them aren’t legally allowed to drink, teenage drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in alcohol-related crashes, and face DUI charges. This is partially down to peer pressure, and various myths about how you can get off of a DUI charge. There have been recent years where over half of all teenagers killed in traffic collisions had been drinking and driving. If you’re a young driver, or the parent of one, make sure there’s no uncertainty about how dangerous driving under the influence can be.

Distracted Driving – If you’ve spent even a little time around modern teenagers, you’ll know that their phones are an extension of their bodies, and they rarely put the thing down if they can avoid it. Unfortunately, this knee-jerk behavior doesn’t stop for a lot of them when they get behind the wheel of a car. Many accidents involving teenage drivers could have been avoided if they weren’t using their phones. Another big issue is that young drivers can be the first in their circle of friends to get a car, which leads to them regularly giving lifts to the whole gang. You can imagine how hard it is to stay focussed on the road with four teenagers in the car!

Whether you’ve just got your license or you’re a concerned parent, we hope that this post has shed some light on why teenagers are dangerous on the road.