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Teens don't understand driving risks

May 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
According to a new survey, teenagers think they know a lot more about driving than they actually do. Researchers say young drivers don't recognize the hazards of driving while eating, driving with friends in the car, or driving with a cell phone or an iPod in their hands. These types of distractions account for a majority of the teenage driving deaths and injuries.

The report in the May issue of Pediatrics says parents need to talk to their teen drivers to help them understand these risks. For instance, many teens think talking on the cell and driving was not a distraction at all.

Study authors are even suggesting teens should only get licenses with restrictions that limit driving hours. They'll get more time behind the wheel when they get more experience.


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