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Teen drivers face many distractions on the road. OnStar talked with a teen driving expert to find out what parents can do to instill good driving habits and help keep them safe.

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Help your teen driver stay safer on the road with these tips and new services

Did you know that teen drivers are nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older drivers? In fact, crashes are the leading cause of death among this age group. And the crash risk for 16-year-olds is 1.5 times higher than it is for 18- and 19-year-olds. The reasons are many: lack of experience behind the wheel, distractions from smartphones and other teens in the car, and rigorous schedules that leave many teens exhausted while driving.

As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, we talked with Sheryl Alpern, a driving instructor at Lee Driving School in Michigan, about what parents can do to help their teen driver develop safe driving habits.

Sheryl Alpern explains how parents can help educate their teen driver.

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The new OnStar Guardian™ App: Now your teen driver can take key OnStar safety services with them, even if they don’t drive an OnStar-equipped vehicle — or if they’re riding in a friend’s car. The OnStar Guardian App*82 includes Mobile Crash Response,*83 which uses your smartphone’s sensors to detect a crash and alert an OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor,*64 as well as Location Status,*85 which lets up to seven family members*84 share their locations with one another.

Parents Are the Key: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides resources to help parents learn how they can encourage safe driving behaviors.

OnStar Smart Driver: Available to OnStar Members with a properly equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, OnStar Smart Driver*23a allows parents to review their teen’s driving habits, including hard braking and acceleration, average speed and time spent above 80 mph.

Teen Driver Technology: Available in properly equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, this built-in teaching tool helps parents coach their teen driver by allowing them to set high speed warnings, limit the maximum vehicle speed and more. And the in-vehicle report card makes it easy to track your teen’s driving performance and identify problem areas.