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Parents teach their teens through driving requirements

Posted On Wed, April 27, 2011

With most states requiring teen drivers to log between 20 and 60 hours of travel time under an adult's supervision, USA Today reports this is giving parents a new avenue to impart some of their wisdom.

"It's an ideal parenting situation," said Kenneth Ginsburg in an interview with the paper. Ginsburg specializes in adolescent medicine and is the author of "Building Reslience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings."

"Along comes something [i.e. driving] that they are totally new to, totally excited about and totally nervous about. And [parents] get a chance to be an ideal teacher and protector."

It also serves as a way parents can share their knowledge about how teens can avoid potential accidents by emphasizing the importance of scanning the road. According to a study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the paper said that one of the most common errors teens make behind the wheel is not fully scanning the road.

The study also found distracted driving was high among teens, which may help explain why their auto insurance rates tend to cost more. Teens are often advised to join their parents' policy to avoid paying high premiums. 

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