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A Parent's Guide to Teen Driving: The Risks of Teen Drivers

Inexperience

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  • Most teen crashes are caused by inexperience and happen in the first year of driving.
  • Driving involves complex skills achieved only through practice.
  • Gradually gaining experience is key to learning driving skills. Young drivers need to practice driving both before and after getting a licence.
  • Most teens rank their driving skills too high and their risks of crashing too low.
  • Teens believe they are ''experienced" drivers as soon as they get their licence. This belief puts them at risk as new drivers and as passengers.
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