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Teen Driving Safety

FACT: Teens have a higher death rate from motor vehicle crashes than any other age group.

REASON: This is simply due to the lack of experience and maturity level. Teens have a greater risk of death or injury due to automobile crashes within their first 12-24 months of driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Common characteristics in fatal teen crashes include:

  • Speeding
  • Not wearing seat belts
  • Driver errors resulting in single-vehicle crashes
  • Alcohol use
  • Night driving
  • Driver distraction

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO? Have your teen take part in a graduated driver licensing program and read the resources below.

Teen Driving Agreements
Start Smart-Driving Smart to Stay Safe (California Highway Patrol)
Key highway safety laws in California.
Teen Drivers: Get the Facts
Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Driver Distraction

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