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Driving Safety for Teenage Drivers

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a study which found that teenagers are more likely to crash in their first month of driving then they are in the next two years of driving.

The most significant mistakes during the first month are failing to slow down, failing to yield and a lack of attention. During this period, a parent or guardian who accompanied the new driver during the learning phase, is often replaced by the teenager's peers. This results in greater distraction. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2009 (the latest year which data was available) more than 2,300 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were killed nationwide. The NHTSA also found that laws which restricted teen driving also contribute to lower accident rates, such as limiting the time when a teenager can drive and the number of non-related underage passengers allowed in the car.

A spokesman for AAA believes that the way to minimize the potential for crashes during the first month, is for parents or guardian to continue to talk to their child about driving habits and to emphasize careful driving.