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Motivating Teens to be Safer Drivers

By Dr. Corinne Peek-Asa

Motor vehicle crashes are more likely to occur during the first six months of driving and are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.

However, our knowledge of how the teenage brain works is helping us find ways to motivate teens to be safer drivers.

The challenge has been how to influence teen driving in a developmentally appropriate way. Teenage brains have a very active emotional center, while the intellectual area of the brain is also developing at a very fast pace, enabling them to be increasingly sophisticated in deduction, logic and reasoning.

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