Should I let my teenager drive a big SUV?

While an SUV is a good choice for a teenager’s first car, large SUVs are not ideal. When selecting a car for a teenager, safety and reliability are the primary considerations. And because the size of the vehicle does not have any bearing on its reliability, when picking out a type of car for a teenager, it is safety first.

When selecting a car for a teenager, it is easy to assume that “the larger the vehicle, the better,” however, that is not necessarily the case. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled a list of the safest vehicles for teenagers. The list breaks down potential choices into the following categories:

• Small cars
• Midsize cars
• Small SUVs
• Midsize SUVs
• Minivans

Notably, large SUVs are missing from the list. Large SUVs are difficult to control, especially for young and inexperienced drivers. From parking to changing lanes on a crowded highway to navigating tight turns, large SUVs pose many challenges to teenage drivers.

Additionally, large SUVs are higher off the ground than smaller SUVs and sedans and are more inclined to roll over. Even a low-speed collision can cause a top-heavy SUV to roll over. However, not all rollover accidents are the result of a traffic accident. For example, if a teenager takes a turn too quickly or suddenly needs to jerk the wheel to avoid another vehicle or hazard, it can cause a large SUV to roll. Vehicles with a lower center of gravity may not roll over in these situations.

The moderate increase in crashworthiness a large SUV provides to drivers is not worth the trade-off of the heightened risk of an accident. Parents considering an SUV for their teenagers should instead consider a small or midsize SUV.

Those injured in a large SUV accident may be entitled to monetary compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident. A dedicated Charleston area personal injury lawyer can help families understand their rights after an accident and effectively pursue the relief they are entitled to.

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Should I let my teenager drive a big SUV?

While an SUV is a good choice for a teenager’s first car, large SUVs are not ideal. When selecting a car for a teenager, safety and reliability are the primary considerations. And because the size of the vehicle does not have any bearing on its reliability, when picking out a type of car for a teenager, it is safety first.

When selecting a car for a teenager, it is easy to assume that “the larger the vehicle, the better,” however, that is not necessarily the case. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled a list of the safest vehicles for teenagers. The list breaks down potential choices into the following categories:

• Small cars
• Midsize cars
• Small SUVs
• Midsize SUVs
• Minivans

Notably, large SUVs are missing from the list. Large SUVs are difficult to control, especially for young and inexperienced drivers. From parking to changing lanes on a crowded highway to navigating tight turns, large SUVs pose many challenges to teenage drivers.

Additionally, large SUVs are higher off the ground than smaller SUVs and sedans and are more inclined to roll over. Even a low-speed collision can cause a top-heavy SUV to roll over. However, not all rollover accidents are the result of a traffic accident. For example, if a teenager takes a turn too quickly or suddenly needs to jerk the wheel to avoid another vehicle or hazard, it can cause a large SUV to roll. Vehicles with a lower center of gravity may not roll over in these situations.

The moderate increase in crashworthiness a large SUV provides to drivers is not worth the trade-off of the heightened risk of an accident. Parents considering an SUV for their teenagers should instead consider a small or midsize SUV.

Those injured in a large SUV accident may be entitled to monetary compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident. A dedicated Charleston area personal injury lawyer can help families understand their rights after an accident and effectively pursue the relief they are entitled to.

Other Car Accident FAQs:

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

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