Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: teen | driving | safety | rules

7 Teens a Day Die in Car Wrecks

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:09 AM EST

When The Who performed "Baba O'Riley" during Madison Square Garden's Sandy Relief concert, at least Pete Townshend looked his age. But when Roger Daltrey started singing about "teenage wasteland," well, something wasn't right, and we're not just talking about his waxed chest.

If you've seen the statistics on teens and driving, you can't help but be shocked by that wasteland. Every day in the U.S., seven teenagers are killed in car accidents; annually, a quarter of a million or more end up in the emergency room. The highest risk comes during the first six months they have their license, and it's especially risky when more kids are in the car and at night.

So, if you remember when The Who had hair — both on Townshend's pate and Daltrey's chest — and you've got a teenager asking for the keys, here's how to keep him or her safe.

1. Provide driving lessons — and consider that you might not be the best choice for teacher!

2. Provide opportunities to practice with an adult onboard (in empty parking lots, empty streets, then gradually in higher-traffic zones).

3. Inspire your child to be a careful driver. How? By example: When you drive, don't talk on the phone, text, speed, or drive without your seat belt. (Just developed and hopefully available soon, the CAP, or cellphone accident preventer, blocks a driver's cell, but not passengers'.)

4. Insist on check-ins to help your new driver resist peer pressure that puts your teen and friends in danger. And make it clear: Breaking rules means no driving.

© 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Providing driving lessons and being a good role model are some of the ways to help teens be safe on the road, Dr. Oz says.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:09 AM
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