7Healthcast: Teen driving safety

BOSTON (WHDH) - New information from a recent report on teenage drivers can help parents protect their children as they get their drivers licenses.

A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide says six teenagers are killed in a motor vehicle crash each day. In almost half of those crashes, the victims are not wearing seatbelts.

Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed nearly 800 teens and their parents and found that teenagers would be more likely to wear seatbelts if it was made a family rule. Children in families with established rules about safe driving are 10 times less likely drink and drive, text while driving, speed or not buckle up.

“It’s not enough to have an informal discussion,” said Kate Carr of Safe Kids Worldwide. “You need to have a formal agreement. You have to enforce it and you have to model good behavior.”

Most surveyed teens said their best driving experiences are when their parents are passengers.

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