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Monday, July 12, 2010

Parenting style impacts teen crash risk and behavior

Recent reaseach from State Farm and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that teen crashes and risky driving behavior such as cell phone use, failure to wear seatbelts, and drinking and driving are strongly linked with the ways teens and parents communicate and approach rules about safety.

The study which is based on the nationally-representative National Young Driver Survey of more that 5,500 teenagers found that teens whose parents set clear rules, paid attention to where they where going and whom they were with, and did so in a supportive way, were:

-Half as likely to crash
-Twice as likely to wear seatbelts
-71 percent less likely to drive while intoxicated
-30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving

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