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Conversations that parents and teen drivers must have

If you have a teenager who recently obtained their license and is now driving to and from school, you are probably a ball of mixed emotions. You are proud of him or her as they are reaching a point of their lives where they are starting to find themselves. As a new school year begins, you probably are mystified with how quickly time has passed and how they are now driving, as it seems like just yesterday they were in diapers.

But your biggest worry likely has to do with where they are going to handle their new responsibilities with a car, especially given that they may now have more access to alcohol, even though they insist that they will not drink. The reality is that car accidents are still the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 20 years old. So while your new driver may be very responsible, it is worth going over the following guidelines.

Stay off the phone while the car is in motion - Indeed, young people live their lives through their phones. So it shouldn't be surprising that young drivers take calls and try to send text messages while behind the wheel. Nevertheless, a frank discussion about the dangers of using cell phones while driving should had.

Mind the speed laws - While we are definitely concerned with young drivers driving drunk (or "buzzed"), many accidents are caused by excessive speed. So in addition to staying off the phone, driving within the speed laws is also important.

When in doubt, call a ride - Yes, we understand that young drivers may indulge in alcohol, even though they are not supposed to. In these situations, calling a ride (through Uber of Lyft) is better than risking one's life and freedom over getting home.

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