Few milestones are as exciting for teens as getting a car. Teens get excited about the freedom to drive themselves from around. Parents get nervous about the potential for speeding tickets and higher insurance premiums.
Although you and your teen are coming at this experience from different a point of view, that doesn’t mean it has to be hard. With the right amount of preparation, you can help your teen get on the road successfully and safely.
Doing Your Research
Firstly, it’s important to understand what kind of vehicle your teen needs. Consider how much they drive and what conditions they are driving in. This can help you decide whether to buy a new vehicle or if used is the way to go. Be sure to research more than in one place when shopping. It is also recommended to have an independent mechanic inspect the vehicle before purchasing.
Safety After The Sale
Following a regular maintenance schedule is crucial for anybody that owns a car. Make sure your new driver checks tire pressure, keep up with regular maintenance, and take the vehicle into the shop whenever it’s time. Encouraging safe driving habits is vital for avoiding collisions as well as to prolong the life of a car. Aggressive driving increases maintenance costs and could involve your child in a potentially dangerous crash. Wearing seat belts and not texting while driving are critical safety laws that your young driver should follow at all times.
For more tips on purchasing your teen’s first car, make sure to check out the infographic below.
Infographic created by Capital Auto Auction, a vehicle auction company