While a lack of sleep impairs everyone's performance, studies show sleep deprivation takes the most serious toll on teens.
Teens are more likely to make errors when driving later into the evening.
In an attempt to conceal cellphone use, teens may become even more distracted by trying to type messages on the sly.
So it's important for parents to talk to teens about the risks of distracted driving.
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When it comes to letting your teen drive, don't depend on your state laws to keep your child safe.
Once your teen has a learner's permit, don't think of yourself as a passenger when your teen is behind the wheel. Help your teen learn to recognize potential safety issues while driving.
Give instructions to help your teen improve and provide plenty of feedback—both positive and negative.
If your 16-year-old is aggressive, impulsive, or irresponsible, don't let him behind the wheel.
In order to be safe drivers, teens need to be able to think clearly, make good decisions, and resist temptations.