WHEN SELECTING A vehicle for a young driver
in the family, some suggest that “big, slow and ugly”
is best, while most teens dream about the fast and
the furious. What’s a happy medium that will help to
keep your teen safe on the road?
Beyond airbags, an antilock braking system and
daytime running lights, the Costco Auto Program
offers the following five tips to consider when car
shopping for your younger driver, keeping in mind
that safety and decreased distractions are key.
1. Safety ratings and crash test scores.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the safest models are those with
five-star ratings, indicating top performance of a
vehicle in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. As
a result, midsize and large cars are highly recommended for teen drivers, as they offer better crash
protection compared with a compact model.
2. Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Assisting
the driver while the vehicle is in motion, ESC uses
braking and engine power to help prevent skidding
and sliding (especially when turning)—particularly
important for teens, who tend to overcorrect when
traveling at higher speeds. This feature helps lessen
the loss of vehicle control through a series of sensors
that detect direction and movement.
3. Safety tech. From blind-spot warnings and
adaptive headlights to lane-departure warnings,
front crash prevention and even a backup camera,
safety technology options can significantly improve
a driver’s reactions behind the wheel, helping to pre-
vent an accident or even lessen the impact.
4. Engine size. Industry experts agree that
high-performance vehicles can bring out the worst
in young drivers. To help discourage reckless speed-
ing while still providing power and great fuel econ-
omy, consider a four-cylinder engine.
5. Connectivity. Staying connected in the car is
important, but so is the safety of the driver, passen-
gers and others on the road. Bluetooth and voice
text integration are a good combination, while a
GPS offers easy navigation. Some GPS models even
feature telematics that block incoming text mes-
sages while a vehicle is in motion. C
The Costco Auto Program offers members exceptional savings on new and select pre-owned
vehicles. Go to Costco.com and enter “Costco Auto
Program” in the search box, then enter your ZIP
code to get started. You can search for a model
of interest, then click the “Specs & Features”
tab to learn about safety options, view “Safety &
Warranty” information and even compare up to
three vehicles side by side. You can then locate
a dealer near you to take advantage of our low,
prearranged pricing, and even add manufacturer
incentives for stackable savings.
Get started and shop Costco Auto Program for
your student driver. Visit Costco.com and search
“EZ2BUY” or call 1-800-800-9288.
Tips when shopping for that first car
WHILE WE CAN now usually pay our bills online, and
plastic gets us through many
stores, there are still valid
reasons to keep checks
handy. An article by Lainie
Petersen—“Why You Still
Need Paper Checks and
How to Use Them Safely”—
at Money Crashers, a website that dispenses financial
advice ( moneycrashers.com/
why-need-paper-checks-use-safely), outlines some of
; Some businesses
charge extra fees for credit
; You can pay for something even when utility outages render payment
; Some businesses prefer
paper checks or money
; Some retail shops
enforce a minimum credit
; Checks are traceable
when credit or debit purchases are not available.
; Checks work well for
gift giving, without the rules
and limitations of gift cards.
; Checks are less costly
than money orders.
And you can display
your personality by getting
checks in a variety of cool
designs or add extra protection with high-security
checks. Through Harland
Clarke, Costco members typically pay up to 50 percent
less on the cost of checks
than at their bank or credit
union. For more information,
go to Costco.com and search