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Teen crashes spike during summer months

trafficSEATTLE — A new report out by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) shows the odds of a teenage driver having an accident dramatically increases during the summer months.

Research shows teens spend 44 percent more hours driving each week in the summer than during the school year. Sixteen-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-to 20-year olds.

The Insurance Information Institute (III) recommends taking the following steps to ensure the safety of your teen: Pick a safe car, trucks and SUV’s should be avoided.

Also, have your teen take a driver’s education course. And most importantly, talk to your teen about the dangers of combining driving with alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep and distractions.

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