Teen drivers most at risk of crashing

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(P1) Teenage drivers are the most likely to crash. Teens are 1.6 times likelier to crash than adult drivers. Teen driver deaths are increasing. There is a lot to do to cut teen crashes and deaths. A road safety group said: “The increase in teen driver fatal crashes is worrying and we are keeping a watchful eye.”

(P2) There is a special “Driving Skills for Life” program. It is in 35 countries. It teaches new drivers about road dangers and safe driving. It has been very successful in helping new and younger drivers be safer. The biggest risk is the first six months after teens get their license. It’s easy to understand why parents worry.

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SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1610/161018-teen-drivers-0.html

VOCABULARY: likelier, fatal, worrying, dangers, risk, license


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever been in a car crash? If yes, what happened?
  3. Do you agree that teens don’t drive safely? Why or why not?
  4. Does your country have a safe driving program? If no, should they?


  1. Who has a better chance of crashing, an adult or a teenager?
  2. The death of teenage drivers is not going up. (T or F)
  3. What is the name of the course for new drivers?
  4. When is the biggest danger for teens to crash?
  5. What do parents worry about?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • to cut teen crashes and deaths (P1)
  • a watchful eye (P1)
  • be safer (P2)
  • why parents worry (P2)

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