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Study: Teens more likely to crash in first month than after first year

Posted On Mon, October 17, 2011

A recent study from the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers in their first month of driving are 50 percent more likely to get into an accident than those who have one year of driving experience under their belts.

The study noted that young drivers in North Carolina made three major mistakes that caused accidents - not paying attention to the road, avoiding yielding and failing to slow down. These problems accounted for nearly 60 percent of all crashes involving those driving with fewer than 30 days of experience.

"We know that young drivers' crash rates decrease quickly as they gain experience," said Peter Kissinger, AAA Foundation president and chief executive officer. "What our new study tells us is that there are a few specific abilities that we could do a better job of helping teens develop before they begin driving independently."

Parents who are concerned about their child hitting the road on their own may want to make sure that their insurance coverage is sufficient. By comparing auto insurance rates and finding the best fit, a family can give their child an extra security blanket behind the wheel.

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