One of the most nerve-wracking events for any parent is when their teen moves from the passenger seat to the driver seat. This makes sense when you consider they are relinquishing control of a machine weighing several thousand pounds and capable of reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour to someone with little experience and a tendency toward suspect decision making.
If this seems overly harsh, consider that statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation show that over 5,000 teens were injured and another 28 were killed in car accidents across the state in 2013 alone.
Why then are teens so much more likely to be involved in a crash?
According to WisDOT officials, the answer can be traced to both inexperience and the tendency to engage in risky -- or even illegal -- behavior behind the wheel, including speeding, distracted driving, aggressive driving, driving with too many passengers and driving without a seatbelt.