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Health Tip: Encourage Teens to Drive Safely

Set rules for safe driving

(HealthDay News) -- Before teens begin driving, parents should discuss a few ground rules to help prevent accidents.

The U.S. National Safety Council suggests how parents can prepare their teens for safe driving:

  • Take your teen out for lots of practice sessions, exposing him or her to various driving situations.
  • Don't allow your teen to drive with any distractions. That means no cell phones or other teens in the car.
  • Establish strict rules about seat belt use and drunk driving, and enforce your punishments.
  • Talk to your teen often and openly.
  • Be informed about where your teen is going, what he or she is doing and who may be riding along.
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