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What Teen Drivers Need to Worry About

Teenage drivers safety tips and resources

Teenagers are often eager and excited to learn how to drive because this skill usually gives them new independence. Although learning to drive is a rite of passage, teens must also learn about the dangers involved with driving and the responsibilities that go with this privilege. Car crashes are the top cause of death among teenagers in the United States.

In fact, the fatality rate for teen accidents is highest for 16- and 17-year-olds during the first six months after acquiring a driver's license. Safe driving skills must be an integral part of every teenager's driving curriculum. After a teen passes the road test, parents must continue to supervise driving, and they should insist on teens driving in a safe and responsible manner.

Person driving a red car on the road
Parents should supervise their teen drivers until they develop good
driving skills
and act responsibly behind the wheel.  (Image: Pixabay)

Parental influence in teen driving

Parental influence can play a key role in the overall safety and responsibility of teen drivers. Approximately 66 percent of teenagers report that they care about parental opinions regarding use of cell phones while driving. More than 50 percent of all teens receive some driving instruction from parents.

Because teenagers have the lowest usage rates for seat belts, parents can have a positive influence with teenagers regarding the use of seat belts. Nearly two out of every three teenagers killed in automotive accidents was unrestrained. Substance abuse while driving is another danger for teenagers. Teens are less likely than adults to drive while intoxicated. However, when they do drive under the influence, they have a higher risk of accidents due to their lack of driving experience.

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