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Teen drivers may benefit from a visit to the ER

Recently, a Baylor University study found that supplemental drivers’ education programs may save lives. These additional programs include tours of emergency rooms, intensive care units and morgues. The study hints that raising a greater awareness of the consequences of dangerous driving might be a wake-up call for young drivers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes cause one in three accidental teen deaths in the U.S. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of these accidents. A variety of factors come into play.

Promoting safe driving behavior

Awareness of the dangers and consequences of risky driving does not always translate into changed behavior. However, the study found that additional programs encouraged parents to enforce their own driving rules at home. Baylor researchers found that a family-centered approach increased teen participation, as well.

Parents, educators and peers are all important components in creating a greater awareness. Teens are more likely to admit to speeding hazards and the impact of peer influence. On the other hand, researchers found that teen drivers were still texting and talking on the phone, months after the program.

Key takeaways

Traditional drivers’ education programs are designed to teach responsible and defensive driving. Supplemental programs are intended to enhance the learning experience by offering real-life examples. These programs are being offer by insurers, hospitals and government agencies across the country.

Although the data from study is inconclusive, the programs show no sign of a negative impact. If anything, they only encourage teen drivers to make better choices on the road. As always, it’s important for parents to get involved and monitor their child’s driving behavior.

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