A study from the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a collision in the first three months after getting a driver’s license. According to the study, teens are also four times more likely to engage in risky behaviors like sudden braking during this time. Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., senior investigator at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and one of the authors of the study, explained that the teens drove more safely during their three months on a learner’s permit, and there should be a more gradual decrease in adult supervision during the first few months of driving alone.

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