7 Things To Look For When Shopping For A Car

As your high school and college students head back to class this fall, you may be on the look out for a safe car for them to use. Not only do vehicles vary in size and color, but there are also important safety differences. Some vehicles are just safer than others. Consider the following safety features when shopping for a new or used car:

SIZE
Physics dictates that larger and heavier cars are safer. Pay attention to the weight of the car to opt for greater safety.

ON THE ROAD EXPERIENCE
High performance cars can tempt you to drive fast. Consider this if you have teenage drivers that will be using the car.

GOOD STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Ask the dealer about a car’s safety cage. Some brands are better known for their safety than others.

RESTRAINTS
Seatbelts, airbags and head restraints are standard on most new cars. Remember to consider this if buying used or vintage cars.

AYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS
Also standard on most new cars. Make sure you know how to turn them on before driving off the lot.

ANTI-LOCK BREAKS
Standard on most new cars, but remember to consider this if you’re purchasing a used or vintage car.

CRASHWORTHINESS RATING
Find your comfort zone. Check highwaysafety.org to find out how the cars you’re considering rate.

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