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Parents can learn to be better teachers of teen drivers, study says

As the parent of a 16-year-old with a learner’s permit, I was particularly interested to read the results of a study that found parents who use certain online educational tools can improve the driving skills of their teens.

The clinical trial, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found that teens whose parents were randomly assigned to learn instructional tools -- such as keeping a practice log and watching two-minute videos on how to teach specific driving skills -- that instruct on teaching specific skills like changing lanes or making a three-point turn -- for about six months were 65 percent less likely to fail a rigorous on-road driving assessment compared to those in a control group whose parents didn’t get such instruction.

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