Street Safe Teens: Car Buying

By: Bailey Disselkoen Email
By: Bailey Disselkoen Email

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.

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