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Tips and information on how to keep children safe year-round.


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Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school, says the National Safety Council. (Photo: Shutterstock)

About 3 million teens get their driver’s license each year in the United States, a milestone that comes when young people pass their driving test and are handed their first set of car keys. But that license does not automatically make them a safe or experienced driver. Research shows that the part of the human brain that is responsible for judgment isn’t fully developed until sometime between the ages of 22 and 25, which means that parents should supervise and manage their teen’s driving well beyond their graduation from driver’s ed. 

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, NU PC360 spoke with Joan Woodward, president of the Travelers Institute and executive vice president of public policy at Travelers, about tips that adults can use as their teen begins driving. Woodward is working to reduce distracted driving through the company’s Every Second Matters campaign, which is designed to educate and empower all drivers — including teens — to make better decisions behind the wheel. 

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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