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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Car accidents account for 36% of all teen deaths! Per mile driven, teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to have an accident. But the CDC does report that there are ways to make teen drivers safer.
For example, training teens to drive through Graduated Drivers Licensing systems has been proven to significantly reduce accidents involving teenage drivers. These programs gradually introduce new teens to driving experience by starting with low risk condition, requiring learners permits initially, requiring supervised driving for a time, restricting nighttime driving, and progressing gradually to higher risk driving conditions under both supervised and unsupervised conditions. Training teens to avoid driving while distracted by passengers, cell phones, conversation, etc. is of paramount importance, as well. For more information and tips, visit the CDC website and the National Safety Council’s website. The National Institute for Highway Safety also has an excellent video on the dangerous teen driving years that is worth buying and watching in an effort to keep your teen safe behind the wheel.