The leading cause of death for American teenagers is car accidents. Roughly two-thirds of fatal teen accidents involve driver error. While newly licensed teens on the road are more likely to be involved in a car accident, there are safety measures parents can take to prevent or reduce the severity of a car crash, should one occur.
Choosing the right vehicle for a new driver can be difficult. Crash test experts recommend mid-size sedans for teenagers because they are easier to control and are large enough to support the impact of a motor vehicle accident. For those who prefer trucks, smaller ones are preferable as they are easier to drive. Large trucks and SUVs are not recommended for teens because they are more prone to roll-overs and they are harder to control.