Objectives: To determine the nature and prevalence of parental involvement with teen driving and its relationship to teen driving risk. Methods: A statewide sample of 424 Maryland parents and their provisionally licensed teenagers were interviewed. Results: Parents
were unaware of the extent to which their teens had engaged in high-risk traffic events, such as being distracted by friends or driving too fast. Teens who were allowed unsupervised access to a car at least several times a week were 3 times as likely to have driven too fast than were those
who had access once a month or less. The frequency of parental teaching of driving skills was not strongly related to teen risk taking. Conclusion: The need to increase parents' capacity to impose and enforce driving restrictions on provisionally licensed teen drivers is indicated.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Health Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Driver Safety Research, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Glen Burnie, MD.
Publication date: 2001-01-01
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