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Parents of teenaged drivers have a reason to rejoice. A major car manufacturer is introducing new safety features to its vehicles beginning in 2010 with the goal of reducing the likelihood of injury to young drivers. These new cars will allow parents to limit the top speed of the vehicle to 80 m.p.h. and to cap the volume of the vehicle’s audio system. In addition, an alarm will sound continuously if the driver is not wearing his or her seat belt.

Technological advancements are frequently used to make driving safer, but this appears to be one of the few instances in which teenage drivers are specifically targeted by such a device. Evidence shows that car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers, and that 16 year olds are involved in six times as many accidents as adult drivers.

Safety features aimed at teens are just one way to protect young people from injury. Parents have an important role as well. By setting a good example as a driver and ensuring your teen is following the rules of the road, you can help reduce the risk that he or she will be involved in a car crash.

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