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Study: Teens Driving Teens Recipe For Trouble

Last updated on Saturday, March 22, 2008

(UNDATED) - A recent study by State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance determined teens driving other teens and kids have a higher accident rate compared to other drivers on the road.

Pediatric trauma doctor Joe O'Neil is with Riley Hospital for Children. He says teen drivers aren't used to the usual distractions seasoned drivers face behind the wheel. They then complicate matters by driving their friends and younger siblings.

O'Neil says while parents often look toward their driving teens for help with household errands and sibling transport, driving is the one life endangerment activity we expect our children to face.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending a teen driving practice standard similar to pilot training, where young drivers log so many hours of practice with a licensed adult in the vehicle before being allowed to drive solo or with others in the vehicle.

O'Neil says the ratio of teen drivers on the road to the number of crashes involving teens behind the wheel is disproportional at an alarming rate.

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