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Factors in teen driving crashes

Traffic crashes account for one-quarter of all teen deaths, according to a recent report co-authored by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The four factors that most influence teen crashes are failure to use seat belts, speeding, alcohol use, and distracted driving. The report concludes that most teen driving crashes are attributable to inexeperience, and advocates for allowing teens to gain experience under lower-risk conditions, such as limiting the number of passengers in the teen’s car.

For other recommendations for ensuring your teen’s safety behind the wheel, check out the seven suggestions for parents we posted earlier. If you’ve got any other recommendations for keeping teens safe, we’d be happy to post them here.