10 Rules to Help Keep Your Teen Driver Safe


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Keep Their Ride Mid-size
A mid-size sedan may not be the most exciting vehicle, but that's what makes it a good choice for a teen driver. ©iStock/Thinkstock
A mid-size sedan may not be the most exciting vehicle, but that's what makes it a good choice for a teen driver. ©iStock/Thinkstock

Car crashes are the number one cause of death among teenagers today, and putting your teen in the safest car available can only help [source: NHTSA]. That safe vehicle may not be the new sporty hot hatch, though, and in fact it's probably not. Keep your teen driver's car mid-size, which is a size that is small enough to maneuver while still being big enough to offer protection during a crash -- a 4-door sedan with a small engine and anti-lock brakes will fill the need, and keep in mind that it's the newer models that offer the better safety features and crash protection. Let's look at those, next.