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If your teenager has just acquired her driver’s license, you may have mixed feelings about loaning her the family car. Annie shows that she is a competent driver, but what about the other drivers she will encounter?

You are about to trade the car in for a new one. Since Annie is driving now, you are on the hunt for a model with the latest safety features.

The dangers for new drivers

According to statistics related to vehicle safety from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of a vehicle crash is highest for 16- to 17-year-olds within the first few months after obtaining their driver’s license. In fact, the risk of a crash is higher among drivers aged 16 to 19 than it is for any other age group.

New drivers are simply inexperienced behind the wheel and more likely to underestimate a potentially dangerous situation. Leading causes for motor vehicle accidents among young drivers include distracted driving, nighttime driving, failure to use seat belts and having teenage passengers in the vehicle.

New safety features

When you go car shopping, you will find dazzling new technology in terms of safety features. Two of the best for your family are Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Emergency Braking. The former is available on most new cars now. ACC works through the use of radar and sensors mounted inside the grill to keep your car a safe distance away from the one in front. This is especially helpful for highway travel or when you are stuck in heavy traffic conditions.

Automatic Emergency Braking is also becoming quite popular with drivers. The AEB system will apply the brakes if it senses an impending collision and the driver does not react in time. The system has proved successful in preventing rear-end collisions.

Technology for Annie

Your daughter shows good driving skills. She is not a reckless driver, she does not drink alcohol and you believe that she always uses her seat belt. Annie is a sensible, responsible person, but obviously, she is inexperienced behind the wheel. Take heart. You will feel better about letting her use the family car when you have a new one with the latest technology to help keep your young driver safe.

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