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Chapter 1 Assessing and Managing Risk

Traffic Safety Facts
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds. Visit this Web site to get the facts about drivers involved in fatal crashes. How do young drivers as a group compare with drivers of other age groups? Make a graph to show the percentages of each age group involved in fatal crashes.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Have questions about the safety of U.S. highways? Look here first for answers on the most frequently asked questions about highway safety issues. Click on the Teenagers link to find questions that specifically focus on issues regarding teenage drivers.

Public Opinion Poll
How do Americans feel about specific highway and safety issues, policies, and programs? Visit this Web site to get the highlights of a public opinion poll that surveyed the attitudes of American drivers regarding highway safety. How do you feel about the use of cameras on red lights to ticket violators? Click on the chart to see a graph of poll responses to this question.

Learning to Drive
Getting a driver's license for some reason is an important rite of passage to adulthood, but it can be a dangerous one. This Web site is designed to give teens and parents insights into the skills and knowledge that the best professional instructors have learned over the years. Use this site to get an overview of driving concepts commonly covered in driver education courses. Find out what concepts in the four-step I.P.D.E. system to help drivers organize their thinking when making decisions in traffic. Create a pamphlet for your classmates to illustrate these important considerations for safe driving.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
In all states you must meet vision, knowledge, and skills requirements to get a license to drive. In other ways, requirements vary from state to state. This Web site provides the requirements regarding state licensing for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Click on the Research by Topic link to find information on your state. Report your findings to your class.

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