Many teens are afraid to learn how to drive, and other teens may be chomping at the bit to get out on the road. Should you be in a hurry to let them loose on the asphalt jungle? Let’s read an article from Insurance Information Institue

Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
The first years teenagers spend as drivers are very risky. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds and research shows that more than half of teens who die in crashes are passengers, most of whom are not wearing a seatbelt.

Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rates among teens. Even the best teenage drivers do not have the judgment that comes from experience. It affects their recognition of, and response to, hazardous situations and results in dangerous practices such as speeding and tailgating. Teens also tend to engage in risky behavior—eating, talking on their cellphones, text messaging, talking to friends in the car—and they often do not wear their seatbelts.

While getting a drivers license is an exciting rite-of-passage for teens, it can make a parent frantic. The Insurance Information Institute recommends parents take the following steps to ensure the safety of their teen.

Pick a Safe Car
You and your teenager should choose a car that is easy to drive and would offer protection in the event of a crash. Avoid small cars and those with high performance images that might encourage speed and recklessness. Trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) should also be avoided, since they are more prone to rollovers.

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Your teens behind the wheel is a scary thought, let’s read another article from car talk about teens driving cars.

Brace Yourself: Teen Driving Habits Get Worse over Time

If you have teenagers in the house, we assume you’ve had The Talk. You know — where you explain that if you ever catch them using their phones while driving, they’ll be grounded until Justin Bieber is in Depends.

But it’s time to have that talk again … and again. Because a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests teens actually pay attention to the road when they first start driving. It’s only a few months later, as they get more accustomed to being behind the wheel, that they begin to view driving time as an existential emptiness to be filled with texts, tweets, and “OMG I’m sooo driving!” selfies.

Read the full article here: http://www.cartalk.com/blogs/driver-distraction/brace-yourself-teen-driving-habits-get-worse-over-time

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