Teen Driver Risks

Car Crashes are the Number One Killer of Teens

The first year of licensed driving is an exciting and dangerous time in your teen's life. But the facts are hard to hear.

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens and impact people of all ages. In 2016, the number of people dying in crashes involving at least one young driver totaled 4,853.

As parents, we want to keep our teens safe, and we can if we understand the risks they face such as inexperience, night driving and passengers. Help them beat the odds by staying involved as they gain experience over that first year and transition from new to experienced driver.

DriveitHOME™ is a resource for parents. We encourage you to use and share the resources below to keep your teen safe behind the wheel.

How to Get Started

Here are some easy things you can do to get your teen on the path to safer driving:

  • Sign the New Driver Deal, an agreement between you and your teen about the rules and expectations when they get behind the wheel
  • Use the Pointers for Parents for tips and lessons you can practice with your teen
  • Spend 30 minutes a week driving with your teen even after they get their license
  • Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter
  • Check out our blog


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