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Young passengers can distract young drivers

Posted On Wed, January 25, 2012

Auto insurance company State Farm along with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently released two reports noting that young drivers may be more prone to be in an accident when other young passengers are present.

The studies, which were printed in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that teens who are driving with others their age considered themselves "thrill-seekers," did not think their parents were overly concerned about where they were and did not have a good understanding of driving dangers. Another study found that more than 70 percent of boys and nearly half of girls who were involved in serious accidents were distracted by friends.

"These studies help us understand the factors that may predispose teens to drive with multiple friends and how those passengers may contribute to crashes by distracting the driver and promoting risky driving behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, or weaving," said Dr. Allison Curry, author of the study and director of epidemiology at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

Consumers who are concerned about their child's well-being on the road may want to ensure they not only drive as safe as possible, but also properly insured. One way to do this is to compare auto insurance quotes, as there may be an inexpensive option that is sufficient.

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