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Teen safety: Talk to your teens about driving safely

Car accidents occur across all age groups, but as prom season approaches and teens prepare to head to prom together in the same vehicles, it's important to talk about the dangers of teen driving. Teens are often distracted behind the wheel, either by texts, phone calls or friends, so it's important to talk to your children about the importance of paying attention to the road.

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and distractions play a major role in those deaths. How can teens reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident? There are a few quick tips that can help.

First, as a parent, model good behaviors. Don't use your phone behind the wheel and avoid being distracted on the road. Your teen is likely to mimic what you do, so be a good role model.

Second, talk to your teen about having passengers in the vehicle. Having another teen passenger raises the risk of a fatal accident by 44 percent. Having two doubles that risk. It's better to avoid having your teen drive with passengers, but when he or she does, paying attention to the road is of the utmost importance.

Another thing that you can do to prevent accidents is to continue practicing driving techniques with your teen. Driver's education is over, but you can still instill good driving techniques on an ongoing basis.

For those who are struck by teens or other dangerous drivers on the road, injuries and fatalities can change lives. If your teen suffers an injury because another teen isn't paying attention, you may be in a position to file a claim for compensation.

Source: National Safety Council, "NSC Encourages Parent Education During Prom, Graduation Season," May 03, 2017

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