The authors of the article “Risk Factors for Death Among Older Child and Teenaged Motor Vehicle Passengers”1 have done a great service in pointing out the high risk that cars pose to young children and teenagers. They conclude their article by advising parents to monitor young drivers and to counsel children about the hazards of being a passenger in a car starting at as young as 11 years of age. This ignores a more effective course of action: reducing the amount of time children spend in automobiles.
McGettigan M. Reduce Risk by Reducing Driving. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(9):898. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.9.898-a