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How can parents help newly-licensed drivers avoid car accidents?


Pennsylvanians who have been driving for years would likely agree that experience is a major safeguard against car accidents. From commercial vehicle accidents to


pedestrian accidents


, many collisions in the Erie area are preventable; it is often the experience of a seasoned driver that helps a motorist avoid a wreck.

Parents of teenage drivers may wonder how to help their newly-licensed driver put safety first. A teen's involvement in an auto accident can wreak havoc upon the teen's family, from a rise in insurance premiums to dealing with the medical expenses of injuries or the costs of a lawsuit. Even worse, fatal accidents are actually the main cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. Thus, parents are wise to educate themselves on the most dangerous time of a young driver's life.

Interestingly, it seems that just a few years of experience on the road can reduce a driver's chances of getting in an accident. The National Safety Council notes that the accident rate, per mile driven, for drivers 16 years of age is double that of drivers in the 18 to 19 age range. One of the ways parents can help transition their 16-year-old into safe driving habits is by remaining actively involved in their teen's driving education.

Many parents may believe that once their teen has their license, parents can simply remind them to be safe and safe driving habits will naturally develop. By continually riding with one's young driver and even taking them out for ongoing lessons, such as driving in the snow on a non-busy roadway, parents can keep driver's education continuing. Additional lessons could include driving in the fog, driving on multi-lane highways and navigating busy urban areas with lots of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. By committing to continuous riding with their teen, parents can know they're doing all they can to encourage driver safety.

Source: National Safety Council, "


The most dangerous time of your teen driver's life


," accessed Nov. 28, 2014

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