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What Parents Can Do To Save Lives

Car crashes—the #1 killer of teens—about 3,000 young lives every year.

That's up to 8 teen deaths a day that can be prevented. New drivers—even straight-A students and "good kids"—are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, mostly due to driver inexperience. It's a fact. The good news is that you can make a difference by getting involved with your teen's driving. Here's how:

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Eight Danger Zones For Teen Drivers

Eight teens a day are killed in car crashes. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes, and put rules in place to help your teen stay safe.

  1. Driver inexperience. Most crashes happen during the first year a teen has a license. Provide at least 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months. Make sure to practice on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions. This will help your teen gain the skills he or she needs to be safe.

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Teen Parent Driver Agreement

When teens get the keys to a car of their own or even their parents car for the first time they are always thrilled at the freedom it gives them. However they often don't realize the major responsibilities that go with driving on the roads today and the car of the car and themselves and others around them

By having a Teen/Parent agreement the teen is made aware of the care that is needed, the responsibilities involved and the parents expectations.

It was an important step in insuring a teen is a safe driver.

LEADER has developed its own LEADER Teen/Parent Driving Agreement and it is available for download below.

Teen/Parent Driving AgreementPDF

Back To School Teenage Driving

Back to School Teenage Driving

By KEVIN A. WILSON AutoWeek | Published 09/04/06, 8:10 am ET

Since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, about 2600 American troops have been killed in combat and war-related incidents. The count is well-known and updated regularly in news reports. Did you know during the same 41-month period, more than 22,000 teenagers, ages 15 to 19, died in traffic accidents on U.S. roads?

''Think about those deaths on the roads for a moment," says Phil Berardelli, author of Safe Young Drivers. "A highway fatality is as violent, bloody and gruesome as anything in warfare. It causes family members to grieve just as deeply as those of combat casualties; the lives cut short are just as tragically young, or younger."

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