(HealthDay News) -- Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car crash that results in injury or death than any other age group in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
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Teens with less than 18 months of driving experience are much more at risk of a crash or near-crash because of factors including inexperience, excessive speed, distraction and use of alcohol or drugs, the group says.
The academy says doctors can help encourage safer driving by:
- Counseling teens on seat belt use and the risks of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Encouraging parents to practice driving with their teens on different road conditions.
- Promoting use of safe alternative routes to school.
- Supporting later school start times to help ensure that teens get enough sleep.
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