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Parents Who Set Rules Produce Safer Teen Drivers

Study shows young drivers model behavior of parents while driving.

by on May.16, 2016

Young drivers are less likely to exhibit risky behavior if given clear rules about what's acceptable when they are behind the wheel.

Teachers often say that students thrive in classrooms with clear rules and expectations and a new study shows that concept translates to the road when teenage drivers get their license. Parents who lay out clear guidelines and parameters and then model those behaviors develop the safest drivers.

A research study from Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation reveals that teens who are given rules about what they can do when driving are less likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel.

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For instance, teens who have an established family rule against drinking and driving were 10 times less likely to report doing that illegal behavior than those who didn’t have an established rule, according to the group. (more…)

Don’t Leave Kids in Closed Cars

Safe Kids USA wants to stop children from dying of heatstroke inside closed vehicles.

by on Mar.16, 2011

After a year in which a record 49 children from 2 months to 6 years of age died from heat stroke after being left unattended in a vehicle, Safe Kids USA has started a prevention campaign to get the message out before the temperatures heat up.

The first 2011 death of a child from being left alone in a closed vehicle – a mother accidentally left her child in the car during a long work day – was recorded earlier this month in Texas, where 13 children died in 2010.

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In fact, Safe Kids USA, says that with outdoor temperatures of 80 degrees, temperatures inside a closed car can easily top 120 degrees. The body temperature of children rises 3 – 5 times faster than adults, and as a result, children are much more vulnerable to heat stroke.

“These tragedies can happen anywhere at any time as child deaths in cars and trucks from heat stroke have occurred as early as February and when the outside temperature was as low as 57 degrees F,” said John Formisano, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.

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