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Rural Teen Drivers At Higher Risk For Fatal Crashes

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A study by Allstate Insurance Company shows teens are driving faster in rural areas because there's not as much traffic.

Other unsafe driving habits include talking on the cell phone or changing CDs while driving. The study shows rural teen drivers in Washington are, 105% more likely to be in a fatal crash.

Making our state the 17th deadliest state in the country for these accidents. Allstate says in another study they found some of these habits could be picked up at home.

"Teens are learning their driving habits from their parents, that's something to keep in mind, if you're behind the wheel, your teen is looking over what you're doing and if they see you're talking on the cell phone at the same time, that's a habit they may pick up," said Ryan Priest, Spokesman for Allstate Insurance Company.

The numbers for this study come from Allstate claims and federal crash statistics. Allstate says historically The 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers start with Memorial Day and go until Labor Day.

 

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