7 tips for parents of teen drivers

Many parents struggle to find the balance between wanting to let their teens drive and keeping their teens safe. Car crashes are the primary cause of death for teenagers. In fact, the rate of car crash death is six times higher for a 16-year-old driver than drivers in their 30s, 40s or 50s.

“Personally, I want to encourage my daughter to be a strong and independent woman,” says Laura Hutchinson, MD, pediatrician at the Children’s Health Clinic at Dayton Children’s and a Dr. Mom Squad blogger. “That means she needs to know how to drive. On the other hand, I am very aware of the dangers this poses.”

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