What You Should Know Before Tires Touch the Pavement
When it comes to driving, teens are tops in all the wrong categories:
highest crash rates, highest number of passengers killed in crashes, most crashes per million miles traveled.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that research shows exactly which behaviors contribute to teen crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and other drug use aggravate this problem.
Key strategies to reduce teen crashes include graduated driver licensing; wearing seat belts; preventing alcohol use; and, most important, you - the parent.