For a parent, a teen-age son or daughter getting a driver’s license is a landmark time for them. It’s a solid sign that they are growing up and this is a critical turning point in life. In a way, it is the first time they are on their own and you are letting them become more free of parental supervision. Needless to say, it is also a very worrisome time for any parent as we (often reluctantly) turn over the keys to the family car.
Smart parents will put strict restrictions on the usage of the car for a first-time driver. Even the safest teen driver, though, can be the victim of another driver who isn’t so careful. Sadly, there is even more evidence that parents’ worries are not exaggerations. New AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research about teens and distracted driving warn that new teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.