Tips for Teens Buying Their First Car

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As the Mom of a teenager with his Driver’s Permit, like it or not I’m going to find myself in the automobile market soon.  My first car didn’t’ come until college and as I price teen drivers insurance, I can see the merits in holding off for our son until he is on his way to college and beyond.  However our family dynamic and his aggressive high school sports schedule will demand that we consider purchasing a 3rd vehicle simply based on logistics.   Buying my first car was a learning experience and a huge step in taking on grown-up responsibilities.  My Dad took me through every step of the process, making sure I’d understand the magnitude of the responsibility on my shoulders.  I’d have to pay for gas, insurance, maintenance and more so the type of car I could afford would be directly tied to the amount of income I could save working as a hostess during college.  I didn’t care that my first car, a used Mazda 626 hatchback, had sheepskin covers on the seats and was chocolate brown.  It was my car and I couldn’t wait to drive it around town.

On a recent family road trip to The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I discovered some amazing safety features in the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite that I hope will be standard equipment come time for my son to buy his first car as a college graduate.  If I can find them in the first vehicle we place him in, it will surely offer some peace of mind.  Check out the safety features I think every teen driver needs to have on their side.

  1. Seek a car with maximum amount of air bag protection. Airbag technology continues to evolve as one of the most visible and effective safety features any car can have.  While buying a used car can be a great investment, make sure to confirm that the airbags are in tact and in good working order.
  2. Gas mileage matters for a lifetime. Gas prices will only continue to rise with experts predicting that within a few years, we could see $5 per gallon.  Having a car that thinks for you, eco-smart using only the fuel it needs for the kind of driving you do is a key strategy to keeping your cost down and your personal footprint low.
  3. Rear safety cameras and a navigation system is a good investment. With a sister much younger, my teen driver will have to remain vigilant anytime he operates the car at home and on the road.  A rear safety camera can save lives, its really that simple, and knowing this makes including the navigation system feature on any car a worthwhile expense I’ll never regret.

I’m hopeful that when its time for us to purchase our son’s first car, we’ll have access to these safety features in a car that fits our budget.  Taking this opportunity to imprint the importance of safety above all else while considering a vehicle will be a gift that will last a lifetime and such a simple thing lesson to teach.  What safety features are key for you when purchasing a car?

Special thanks to American Honda Corporation for sponsoring our road trip to The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  My opinions about the vehicle, safe travel , and safety features of choice are entirely my own.

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