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Your teen is finally old enough to learn how to drive, but thinking about them behind the wheel can be scary. You understand the risks and dangers involved. But does your teen?
Teenagers lack the experience and skills of adult drivers. They may drive too fast and get distracted easily, especially if their peers are in the car. They may think they are invincible and take more risks.
As a result, teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes. Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school, and motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. But this is a preventable issue.
As a parent, you play a key role in helping your teen be safe on the road. Before you hand over the keys to the family car, take these 10 steps to help your teen be a safe driver:
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