Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.
Parents can make a difference. Here are simple, effective ways to get involved with your teen’s driving.
Pediatricians are valuable partners in educating parents and teens about the dangers of driving. Talk to
your parents about reducing the risks.
Community groups and businesses can help prevent teen driving crashes, injuries, and deaths. Learn
what you can do.
If you're a teenager, you've probably heard these facts over and over again. But the stats don't lie: Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than adult drivers.
While it might sound like a broken record, taking extra precautions can help you avoid an accident. And remember as your teenage friends start driving, you should always do your best to be the safest passenger you can be.
Teens should follow these simple suggestions when riding with another teen driver: