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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A new poll from the University of Michigan says most parents have strict rules for teen drivers.  

Researchers say teen drivers are vulnerable to distractions.  

They say it’s important for parents to set rules to reduce those distractions.  

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds a majority of parents strictly forbid teen drivers from talking on cell phones or texting. Most also put limits on the number of passengers, as well as where and when teens can drive.

IIHS / Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

A new analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that a disproportionate number of teenagers who died in car accidents were driving older, smaller cars.

Small, older model cars tend to be lightweight and lack electronic stability control and side air bags. 

Yet these are the cars parents typically buy for their teens, who are the least experienced drivers on the road. 

Russ Rader of IIHS says cost shouldn't be the only factor when choosing a car for a young driver.

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A state lawmaker says the threat of losing driving privileges would be a good way to discourage kids from skipping school.

Families who receive state aid can lose their benefits if their child repeatedly skips school. It’s a policy some legislators want to codify in law.