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Safe Driving for Teens

Safe Driving for Teens

Learning how to drive can be an exciting yet stressful time for teenagers and their parents. Driving gives teens a new sense of independence and responsibility, but at the same time leads to new risks and potential dangers. Vehicle advancements and road improvements allow for increased safety; but distracted driving, immaturity, and lack of driving experience are all major factors leading to car accidents every year. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, between 2012 and 2015, there were 32 fatalities and 178 serious injuries that involved a young driver aged 16 to 25 in Clark County. In 2015 alone, there were 26 serious injury accidents and four fatalities that happened involving a driver aged 16 to 20. While these numbers are likely to make any parent nervous, there are several ways we can reduce the dangers by teaching safe driving tactics and promoting a greater sense of responsibility in our new, teen drivers.

To read more, pick up a copy of the July 2016 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Brooke Strickland is a full time freelance writer who recently co-authored her first book, “Hooked on Games.” When taking a break from writing, she can be found in a cozy chair with a book, or on the Oregon coast with her two daughters, husband, and two dogs.

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