Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash when driving at night. To find more information about the restrictions in your county, see Where Do You Drive? Getting a driver's license can be a big milestone in a teen's life. Before your teen applies for a driving permit, consider the following when making your decision:.
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The high crash rate of youthful novice drivers has been recognized for half a century. This study used data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System FARS and the implementation dates of GDL laws in a state-by-year panel study to evaluate the effectiveness of two key elements of GDL laws: nighttime restrictions and passenger limitations. These results confirm the effectiveness of these provisions in GDL systems. The results of this study indicate that nighttime restrictions and passenger limitations are very important components of any GDL law.
Print, Share, or View Spanish version of this article. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for to year-olds, accounting for about 5, fatalities annually and injuring thousands more. A variety of legislative measures—graduated driver licensing GDL , minimum drinking-age and drunk-driving laws, and improved seat belt laws—are saving teens' lives, but much work remains to be done, particularly in improving the way parents handle the issue of teen driving. Parents are too often unaware of their teens' risky driving habits and while parents do place restrictions on their teens' driving, they are often not the restrictions with proven safety benefits such as prohibitions on nighttime driving and limits on the number of teen passengers. Pediatricians can be valuable partners in helping families address this important health topic. Pediatricians can educate parents and teens about the dangers of teen driving and ways to enhance safety, facilitate communication between the parent and teen about driving, and help parents establish useful restrictions and logical consequences as their teens begin to drive. The Parent-Teen Driving Agreement is a useful tool for pediatricians to use in practice as part of their counseling on teen driving.
After spending years protecting your children from all sorts of dangers on the road and off, you now face the prospect of handing them the keys to the family car. It's time for them to learn how to drive. Are you prepared? We can help you mold your teen into a safe and capable driver. Educate yourself about the consequences of illegal alcohol use by minors, the benefits of seat belt use, the growing epidemic of distracted driving, and much more. Your teen sees a driver's license as a step toward freedom, but you might not be sure your teen is ready for the road. One thing is certain: teens aren't ready to have the same level of driving responsibility as adults.