Back to school season is here, which means students will be taking their cars on long highway drives to get back to school soon. If you’re considering purchasing a vehicle for your university student, there are a few safety features you want to make sure the vehicle you choose has.
Here are our top 5 safest cars for university students, so you can feel confident sending your child off this September.
- Kia Forte Sedan
According to driving.ca “Vehicles with superior headlights (usually LEDs), and those able to protect passengers in small overlap front crashes edged out all other vehicles in newly-released rankings of the safest 2018 vehicles available for the coming year.” As one of the best compact cars with a reasonable price tag, this vehicle will be cheaper to insure, and safe for driving long distances.
- Kia Soul
A larger option for drivers who are still looking for a compact car, the Kia soul has a lot more storage space to help with moving back and forth from university. Rated one of the top 15 compact cars for 2018, its front crash technology and led headlights will keep your child safe on the road, and possibly lower their insurance premiums.
- Subaru Impreza
According to iihs.org: “To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.” The Subaru Impreza is Canada’s cheapest all-wheel drive, and comes equipped with a rearview camera to help with parking.
- Toyota Camry
When it comes to safety ratings for vehicles, you want to make sure that protection is for more than the driver. To receive a top safety rating, vehicles need to have precautions and safety features for all passengers in the vehicle. When it comes to which car you want your student to drive, it’s important that all of the passengers in their car are safe. The Toyota Camry is a mid-size car, which may work better if your driver is sharing the vehicle with another family member, or travelling back and forth from school often.
- Hyundai Santa Fe
The largest car on this list, the Santa Fe has unparallelled safety ratings, is fuel efficient, and is one of the safest cars that your student can take on the road. SUVs are a vehicle best suited for schools that are in more rural areas. They are more difficult to drive in the city, so if your child’s university is in a more metropolitan area, you’ll be better served driving a compact car.
When it comes to choosing the right car for your young driver, safety should always come first. Check with your insurance company before deciding on a vehicle, you may find that there are substantial differences in price depending on the safety rating of the vehicle you choose. If your premium seems high, compare your car insurance premium with other top providers to make sure that you get the best price possible for your vehicle.