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New study says economic crunch is primarily to blame for decline in teen driving

Teens are driving less. That much, we know already. We've watched the auto industry gnash its collective teeth over the downward trend in Generation Y driving for the better part of a year.

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Drivers aged 15-17 have 8 times the risk of a fatal accident of those aged 18-24

Parents have new reason to breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the safety of their teen drivers, and they have new reason to be frightened.

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Police were alerted when someone saw the car driving on a flat tire

Police chased a 13-year-old boy through a neighborhood before he crashed his grandmother's car into a tree. Not only was the teenager too young to be driving, he was too young to be drunk.

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One police officer said it was the worst accident he's ever witnessed

A horrific Memorial Day car crash left five teenagers dead and a field of debris scattered across the road.

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Key Reason: Sober or not, teens are driving fewer miles

Drunk driving among American teenagers has sharply declined over the past two decades, according to the Centers For Disease Control.

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Numbers rise for 16 and 17-year-olds even as overall number of traffic fatalities declines

The number of teen drivers dying behind the wheel is on pace to increase for the first time in more than eight years, according to a study released Thursday.

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What they have to say might surprise you

Over the past six weeks, AOL Autos has delved into the topic of teen driving: the scope of the problem, the role driver's education plays in the process, and what parents can do help their teens master their driving skills. But one important voice was missing: The teens themselves.

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There are in-car gadgets, smartphone apps, and even automaker software to help monitor young drivers

Many parents feel squeamish about tracking their teen drivers with technology. It seems invasive, intrusive, and like you don't trust them. But a study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety shows that teens whom know they're being tracked behave better behind the wheel.

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Despite plenty of academic research demonstrating that texting while driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving, a new poll shows that most teens simply don't think that's the case. State Farm recently sponsored a poll conducted by Harris Interactive in which 14-to-17 year-olds were asked whether they thought they would die one day if they regularly text and drive. Only 35 percent of those asked strongly agreed with that statement. Compare that figure with the 55 percent of teens w

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We all remember our first car. There's nothing quite like the memory of seeing your parents hand you the keys to a vehicle you can call your own, and the experience has historically happened somewhere between a child's 16th and 18th year. Right?

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VicRoads is reaching out to teens - follow the jump for the videos

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Teenage drivers are dangerous, that's no revelation. AAA has analyzed the last decade of crash data by its AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and found that while deadly crashes are down overall, teenage drivers are still at least twice as lethal to other people as they are to themselves.

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In the military it's called "mission creep," when the quick little job you intended to do turns into something big and ugly. In science, it's called "progress." What started out as a quick little way to keep folks from texting while driving has turned into a way to track how and where you drive so that that information can be reported to your insurance agency.

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Automotive websites Cars.com and DriversEd.com (a drivers education resource) have teamed up to determine the top new vehicles for teens this year. Criteria used included price, safety, size, and 'fun factor.'

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