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10 Rules to Help Keep Your Teen Driver Safe


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Insist on Seat Belts
Seatbelts are legally required in many municipalities; reminding a learning driver to buckle up is an issue of following the law as well as safety. ©iStock/Thinkstock
Seatbelts are legally required in many municipalities; reminding a learning driver to buckle up is an issue of following the law as well as safety. ©iStock/Thinkstock

On average, about 88 percent of Americans wear a seat belt when they're in the car, a number that keeps getting higher each year. Except, that is, when we're talking about the most inexperienced drivers on the road: Only 77 percent of drivers ages 16 to 24 years old wear seat belts, which is the lowest usage rate among drivers [source: NHTSA, National Safety Council].

Insist your teen driver -- and any passengers -- buckle up; seat belts keep you from being ejected from the car during an accident, and we know that buckling your belt can halve your risk of being injured in a crash [source: National Safety Council].