Teen Diver�s Safety: What You Can Do to Help Keep Your Teen Safe
That dreaded day has finally arrived: your teen has come home with his learner’s permit, and now you have a whole new set of worries. How do you keep your child safe once he gets behind the steering wheel? One of the first things you should do is understand exactly what risks are involved in letting your teen drive. Then you can set some guidelines that will help.
Most vehicle crashes involving teens have been related to one or more of the following risk factors:
- Driver error
- Having three or more passengers
- Drinking alcohol beforehand
- Driving at night
- Distractions such as food, music, cell phones, GPS devices
Fatal crashes involving teens are related to one or more of the factors above, as well as not wearing seatbelts.
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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