PARENTS are being urged to buy the newest car they can afford for their newly-qualified driving children.
The call comes from the Institute of Advanced Motorists which says half of men under 20 years old who were killed or seriously injured in crashes were driving or passengers in cars over ten years old.
It warns that older cars offer less crash protection and have fewer safety features than newer models and research from insurers Young Marmalade also suggests that young drivers are more likely to take better care of a more valuable vehicle – or one on a payment scheme – leading to lower accident rates.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “It makes sense that any driver will take better care of a new car, and especially one which they’re still paying for.
“Young drivers are the highest risk group on our roads and the insurance industry claims that 20 per cent of young drivers crash in their first year.
“Parents should help their child choose the best car they can get for their money. A new car won’t be an option for everybody but there are plenty of used cars that will be almost as good.”