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Are You a New Driver?

By Christina De Los Santos and JC LoBianco

All of us consider driving a luxury and our cars a reflection of who we are. Consider a 1965 Chevrolet Impala and the statement it would make if a high school student were driving one. Now imagine a young man or woman stepping out of a Prius. Not so hot, huh? You’re most likely judging them based on their car. Some students say that they would never judge another soul, but be real, you have, and so have I. Personally, given the choice, I would pick the oldie over the overrated any day.

A car can demonstrate various aspects of yourself. Therefore, there are several factors you should consider before getting a car. Make sure you know what types of cars are out there. If you are a new driver, some of the safe yet popular cars among teens, according to U.S. News’ 2018 Best New and Used Cars for Teens, would include, the (2015, 2016, 2018) Toyota Camry, (2018) Kia Sportage, & (2015) Buick LaCrosse. If you consider getting any of these, also consider starting off with an automatic before you go straight to manual. Manual is complicated to learn overnight so start off easy and give yourself a break.

Cost is also something to take into consideration. You can get a safe car for a low price if you consider buying an older car. Stick with the years 2005-2010 if you’re looking for something that looks good and costs less. Always remember that the most important thing isn’t the car you drive but rather how you drive it.


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