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Research suggests way to keep teen drivers safe

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When your teen is on the road you want them to be safe. That's why some parents are giving a new idea a try.

Teens are signing contracts called new driving deals. In the contract the teen promises to be careful on the roads.

Bianca Carpenter, 10, is already looking forward to her driving years. Her mother, Jennifer Carpenter, is already ensuring her daughter's safe start by setting a good example.

"I don't text and drive," the mother said. "I pay attention to the road all the time."

New research on teen driving behavior suggests a road map to safe habits can be paved with a formal agreement. A contact between parents and children to buckle up and avoid texting, speeding and driving under the influence.

"I think it would be a wonderful idea. I wouldn't want my daughter texting and driving," Jennifer Carpenter said.

Research by the group Safe Kids Worldwide said teens with explicit family rules were more likely to wear their seat belt every time. The study also said those teens were less likely to drive distracted or speed.

They were also 10 times less likely to engage in illegal behavior like drinking and driving, than those who didn't have an established rule.

The research said you can make safer teen drivers if you make a formal agreement with your teen driver and enforce it.

You can be a role model for safe driving by following the rules yourself and ensure your new teen driver gets at least 50 hours of experience under a variety of driving conditions.

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