What do you do when the time comes for your child to get the keys to their first car? Unfortunately, locking your child in their room until they turn 18 is not an option; however, there are a number of steps that you can take as a parent to ensure that your child stays as safe as possible on the road.
Does size matter? Do you choose new or used? By far one of the most important factors that must be considered when buying your child their first car is whether the vehicle is safe. Here’s a look at some of the safe options1 that parents are buying their children…

Volkswagen Polo

If you’re looking for quality, reliability and a good drive, look no further than the Volkswagen Polo. As you would expect from this breed, the Polo has an NCAP Safety Rating of 4 out of 5, making it the perfect car for your child to get their hands on!
Renault Clio

Good value for money is undoubtedly important. If you’re looking for a sensible and practical first car for your child then you should consider the Renault Clio. Again with a 4 out of 5 NCAP Safety Rating, the Clio is extremely safe and the new model is roomier than previous editions.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta’s have always been a popular car and without doubt they will still be well into the future. The newer Fiesta’s have been revised, giving this icon a refreshed feel. Not only are they great to drive, the Fiesta is as safe as the rest of them with a 4 out of 5 NCAP Safety Rating.
Toyota Aygo

With petrol prices continuing to soar, it’s vital that you find a car that is economical for your child. Looking for something stylish, fun to drive and incredibly cheap to run? The Toyota Aygo is the car for you!

Peugeot 107

Smaller than a SuperMini but no less capable, the Peugeot 107 is certainly the city car to choose. Not only is it chic, the 107 is safe with am NCAP Safety Rating of 4 out of 5. This car is perfect for cruising around those city streets!
Not only do you have to consider buying your child a car that is reliable and economical, you also need to consider cheap car insurance. Driving doesn’t come without its costs. Forking out to keep your child’s car in good working order is not the only expense you will have; there are other factors to consider such as road tax and cheap car insurance.

Charlotte Walker writes for MediaVest (Manchester) on a number of motor related topics, including ways to compare car insurance .