Motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for adolescents. Teen drivers (age 16 to 19 years) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers (age 25 to 69 years). To better understand why teens crash, researchers are working hard to analyze factors associated with teen crashes and to develop interventions to change behaviors that contribute to these crashes. This research brief describes – from the adolescent perspective – the important role parents play in teaching their teens to drive. By describing adult involvement in their learning, these teen drivers provide researchers with valuable information to improve the learning-to-drive process. This report provides immediate call-to action recommendations for teen driver safety stakeholders.
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