Parents Are the Key to Improving Teen Driving Safety

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      Motor vehicle crashes are overwhelmingly the leading cause of adolescent death and serious injury, yet the issue has not received the thoughtful research attention it deserves. Newly licensed teenage drivers have highly elevated crash rates that decline rapidly over at least the first 6–12 months of licensure and then gradually until the midtwenties [
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      Changes in collision rates among novice drivers during the first months of driving.
      ]. This “teen driver problem,” as it is often described, is best understood to reflect two deficiencies among young novice drivers: experience and judgment.
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