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Latest Distracted Driving Study: Risk Highest for Novice Drivers

For a major new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from two major safety groups followed 150 drivers for 12 to 18 months using unobtrusive cameras and sensors in their vehicles. A quarter of those drivers were teens who, at the beginning of the study, had only just earned their driver’s…

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What Realistic Steps Can Parents Take to Curb Distracted Driving?

If you’re the parent of a teen driver, you’re probably under a lot of pressure. Teens lack experience driving, texting is an ingrained habit they consider indispensible and, well, they’re teens.  The fact that they’re teens is actually important for parents to understand. It’s not just that teens sometimes seem dead-set on doing just the…

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Forget Texting, Behind-the-Wheel ‘Selfies’ Are Even More Unsafe

While safety groups and law enforcement have been spending their time trying to convince teens not to text while they’re driving, a new and even more dangerous trend seems to be emerging: teens and young adults are apparently taking “selfies” — smart-phone self-portraits — while they’re behind the wheel. According to a recent CNN report,…

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Teen driving deaths still grim but down in California, nationally

Working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one insurance company just issued its second-annual analysis of fatal motor vehicle accidents among teen drivers. The new report covers the five-year period between 2007 and 2011, while last year’s report covered the five years between 2006 and 2010. The report…

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School’s open: tips to avoid pedestrian-car accidents this fall

According to the American Automobile Association, more than 55 million children will be heading back to school over the next couple of weeks, and around 13 percent of them will be walking or biking. Others, will be riding school buses or getting rides in cars, which means that school zones can be choked with cars…

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Teens, listen up: 27 pct of all traffic fatalities occur in July

That’s right: a review of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic fatality data from 2005 to 2011 showed that more than 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents happen in July. That means this month is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road, and that’s particularly true for teen drivers….

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Improving the roads through teen car insurance and driver safety

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control amply demonstrate that teen drivers pose a higher risk behind the wheel than older drivers with more experience, but most teens and parents aren’t aware of what those risks mean. High auto insurance premiums may be the least of a parent’s worries if their son or daughter is…

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Is Today’s Driver Education Really Keeping Our Kids Safe?

A recent New York Times article makes a bold and alarming statement. “The first year that American teenagers have their driver’s licenses will be among the most dangerous of their lives. Nothing kills more of them than car crashes.” Shouldn’t recent changes in young driver regulations and driver education be improving these car accident statistics?…

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A Step Toward Preventing Teen Driver Car Accidents: Smart Start

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offers a Smart Start course for 15- to 19-year-olds and their parents as part of its mission to limit the number of new teen drivers involved in car accidents each year. Throughout the United States, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens and young adults aged…

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