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Teens Waiting Longer to get Driver’s License

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.-(KMOX)-Today’s teenagers are not in a hurry to get behind the wheel.

Jim Camoriano with Missouri based-State Farm Insurance says their survey with Harris Interactive found that more than 4 out of 10 teens say they’ll wait at least one month until after they are eligible to get a driver’s license.  Some say they even plan to wait a year.

The reasons vary.  Some say their parents will take them wherever they want to go while others say the lack of a car is stopping them from taking the drivers examine.  25 percent of the boys, ages 14 and 15 also said they felt they weren’t ready.  Camoriano says  twice as many girls responded that they feel the same way.

When teens do decided to learn to drive and to get a license, he encourages parents to set the example for good driving habits.

“When parents are highly involved in teens early driving experience, teens are half as likely to get in crash, half as likely to speed and almost twice as likely to wear a seat belt.”  Instead Carmoriano says there is a disconnection because teens say they are in the car with their parents who are texting while driving.

He says setting that example becomes more critical as teens themselves admit to not only texting while driving but uploading videos and posting on Facebook while driving.

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