Two recent US studies have found teenagers who own their own car are much more likely to crash then those who share a car with parents or siblings.

The studies were carried out by researchers at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and explored the factors which affect the safety of teenage drivers.

The researchers believe that children with their own car may feel “a sense of entitlement about driving” which can make them reckless.

The researchers recommend clear rules be established by parents. The researchers also recommend that parents create ‘driving contacts’ which are written by parents and signed by the children to emphasise the unique danger that driving poses to the kids. One of the studies found that children whose parents had established clear driving rules had half as many crashes as children with no established rules.

From Associated Press.

Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.