Boys vs. Girls: Which Are Better Drivers?

The age-old debate continues: Who is better behind the wheel, men or women? If you have both a son and daughter you know just how often this argument erupts around the dinner table. Thankfully, a professor and doctoral student in the civil engineering department at Kansas State University decided to take a closer look and give parents a few real answers when it comes to teen drivers.
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Fight Distracted Teen Driving with New Interactive Simulator

Next time your teen groans at the thought of a weekend driving lesson, flash a smile. Tell the young driver it won't be with you. Let them try a distracted driving simulator, a video-game like experience that creatively inspires teens to keep their eyes on the road.
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Is Your Teen Breaking the Law? What You Need to Know About School Permits

Did you know your teen may have broken a law simply by driving home from school last night? If your teen is using a school permit to go to and from classes, listen up. Each state has very specific guidelines and rules for using a school permit, which is generally issued after your teen has earned a learner's permit.
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Teens and Tire Safety: What Driver's Ed Doesn't Teach Kids

Your child's driver's education class focuses on the rules of the road and being an attentive driver. But driving lessons often miss the mark when it comes to knowing basic car care information. Michelin North America Inc. helped fund a study to determine what driving students are learning -- and not learning -- that could put them at risk for an auto accident.
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In Defense of the Bully: When the Rules of the Schoolyard Don't Quite Fit

All the propaganda surrounding bullying demands that Grace despise this activity. She must run and tell her teacher. She must stand strong with her friends against the bully. Bullies are bad, right? Chasing and hitting are bad, right? How can I ask her to understand that things are not so black and white for every one?
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Surprising New Study About Teens and Texting

The good news for parents of teens today is that modern adolescents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking and fighting. The bad news, however, is that seemingly-benign behaviors such as media usage and texting are on the rise and are, at times, proving deadly. These were the findings of a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the results of which were published this summer.
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New Smartphone Apps to Protect Your Teen Driver

Technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most teens now carry cell phones, and while phones can pose dangers while driving, they can also be used to protect your child. Many parents may not be aware of the many applications and other technological advancements that are currently available to them that can be used to monitor their teen drivers.
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2014 Safest Cars for Teens

As the parent of a teen driver, you may prefer that your child drive a new, as opposed to used, car. New cars typically include more improved safety features and your child is less likely to get stuck on the road due to a mechanical malfunction. Unfortunately, with the higher price tag that goes along with a new car, higher insurance rates are also part of the equation.
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Driver's Ed: Worth It or a Waste?

In 2008, teen drivers were responsible for 6,428 fatalities on our nation’s roadways. In fact, Wayne K. Tully, Chief Executive Officer at National Driver Training, reports that the crash rate for 16-year-old drivers is nearly five times that of crashes for drivers over 25. This is a sobering statistic for the parents of any new drivers. Enrolling teens in a qualified driver's education course may help parents ensure that their children stay safe while out on the road. However, some parents question whether these courses are really worth spending the time and money. If you are among these parents, clarification about the following driver’s ed misconceptions may help you come to a conclusion.
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Doctor - Teen Patient Confidentiality: What You Should Know

From the time babies are born, new parents are present in the room while children are seen by pediatricians. As children reach their teenage years, either the child or the doctor will ask the parents to remain in the waiting room during the examination. For many parents, this transition can feel unsettling. There is a good reason for this separation, however. Once children have reached the teen years, they are old enough to be afforded a degree of doctor-patient confidentiality. The only way this can be achieved is through private consultations and examinations.
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How to Pick Out a Car for Your Teen Driver

The only thing more stressful than giving your teen-aged child the keys to your car for the first time is giving them the keys to their own car. Teenagers lead busy lives. Whether your child needs to be able to drive directly from school to a part-time job or needs transportation to sports practice sessions and other activities, sometimes it is necessary that they have a car of their own. So how do you, as a parent, make the best decision about which car to buy? The following are some frequently asked questions posed by people in your situation.
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