Do You Need a Car Now?

Want to get your own car? It might not be time yet. Research shows teens are two to three times more likely to be involved in a crash than adult drivers. Teens who have their own cars drive more, crash more and get hurt more than teens who share a car with family members.

Many experts recommend that teens wait until they have been licensed for at least six months before getting a their own car. AAA encourages you to wait so you can gauge three key factors:

  • Readiness: Have you consistently demonstrated safe, responsible driving behavior?
  • Finances: Can you afford your share of the cost of a car, insurance, gas and maintenance?
  • Involvement: Are you ready to buy and maintain your own car? There’s a lot involved in vehicle ownership — just ask your parents.