I'm currently helping my 15 year-old learn to drive, and this just-released report by the Allstate Foundation absolutely terrifies me. The report documents a recent Foundation study that goes a long way toward explaining why conventional safe-driving programs aren't working for teenage drivers.
Despite a proliferation of teen-driver safety programs in the U.S., in the last year - and in every year for the past decade - between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers were killed in motor vehicle accidents, while about 300,000 more were injured. What's worse, there will be a 23 percent increase in the number of teen drivers on U.S. roads in the next five years.

The study found that conventional driver training doesn't attack the root causes of unsafe teen driving that stem from teen attitudes and mindset, including peer pressure leading to risky driving, and the physical immaturity of the decision-making areas of the brain (which aren't fully-developed until the mid-20s).

If you're a parent, a teenage driver, or a mentor to a teenager, this report is a must-read.

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