Teen drivers face a four times greater risk for accidents than older adults, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Chalk it up to a number of factors, among them inexperience dealing with emergency situations, distracted driving and the inclination to show off to friends.

Gary Tsifrin, founder of Oakland, Calif.-based DriversEd.com, shared the top 10 most common mistakes young drivers make.

 1. Being Distracted Behind the Wheel
 2. Taking Too Many Risks
 3. Speeding
 4. Overcrowding the Car
 5. Driving Under the Influence
 6. Following Too Closely
 7. Driving Unbuckled
 8. Driving Drowsy
 9. Choosing the Wrong Car
10. Not Maintaining the Car

Source: Chicago Tribune
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