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Young drivers at higher risk with passengers

Posted On Tue, May 15, 2012

A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that many young drivers could be increasing their risk of serious injury or death by having one or more passengers in the vehicle with them.

The "Teen Driver Risk in Relation to Age and Number of Passengers" report noted that those drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 with one passenger under the age of 21 had a fatality risk that increased by 44 percent. In addition, the figure doubled when two passengers were in the car, while it quadrupled with three or more passengers.

"We know that carrying young passengers is a huge risk, but it's also a preventable one," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. "These findings should send a clear message to families that parents can make their teens safer immediately by refusing to allow them to get in the car with other young people, whether they're behind the wheel or in the passenger seat."

AAA added that it is important for parents to get involved in their children's driving decisions. Knowing the state's rules for young drivers with licenses is important, as even if there is no law against passenger limits, parents can still make a decision. Furthermore, being in the car on occasion with a teen driver can help improve their skills.

If a parent is concerned about their child's safety on the road, it may not only be important to speak with them about the dangers of operating a vehicle, but also to be certain that they are sufficiently covered. One of the best ways to achieve this is to compare multiple auto insurance quotes and choose whichever option works best for their situation.

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