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Each year, new vehicle models roll out with updated digital displays, back-up cameras, automatic parallel parking features, and more. But for parents of teen drivers, ensuring their children's safety as they hit the road on their own for the first time is typically the biggest concern when car shopping — not bells and whistles.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, so parents are justified in their concern. Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 have a higher risk of being involved in a car crash than any other age group and are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Danielle Ling

Danielle Ling is an experienced video journalist and business reporter. As associate editor, Danielle manages all multimedia and reports on industry news and risk-related coverage, managing all weather-related content. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, Danielle previously served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ, Push Pause. Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].