09/21/2011 12:36 pm ET Updated Nov 21, 2011

Series: What Parents Should Do To Keep Teen Drivers Safe

It's one of the toughest conversations you'll ever have with your teen, and it has nothing to do with birds and bees. Talking to your kids about driving is an art and a skill - and it could save their lives.

Research has shown that parents are one of the biggest forces keeping teens safe in cars. The rules parents set up, and how they're enforced, keep teens from getting into dangerous situations.

But too often, parents find themselves in one of two camps: The laissez faire group, who trust driver's ed will do its job and their teen will learn the rules of the road the hard way; and the little dictators, who blow their tops every time their teen makes a mistake behind the wheel and see yelling and screaming as an effective way to keep their teens under control.