July 9, 2012
While shopping for a car, there is a lot to think about, especially when buying one for a teenager. One of the biggest misconceptions is the size of the car.
"In some cases bigger is better in an SUV but a lot of times when it is bigger it has a higher center of gravity," said Liza Borches, President of Volvo of Charlottesville.
This means the vehicle can flip over more easily.
"While driving it, they'll be able to get a feel for how top heavy it is," said Borches.
While all cars have airbags in the front, many used cars do not have side airbags. There is a symbol in on cars that can tell people whether the car has curtain or side airbags.
Borches also says while car shopping, the best way to prevent a crash from happening is to have anti-lock brakes.
"They stop the car from skidding and give the driver more control," said Borches.
But not all cars have them.
"There is a light up here that will tell you if your car has anti-lock brakes, but not all of them do," said Borches.
Borches also suggests having a Bluetooth installed in the car; that way a driver can be hands free.