Teen Driver Risks

Car Crashes are the Number One Killer of Teens

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

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens. In 2015, the year of the most recent data, there were 3,327 teen motor vehcile deaths—more than homicide, more than suicide.

As their parents, we want to keep them safe—and we can, if we understand the risks teenagers face. We can help them beat the odds by staying involved as they gain experience over that first year, as they transition from novice to experienced driver.

DriveitHOME™ is a resource for parents. We encourage you to refer to and share proven, effective ways to help our teen drivers through this most dangerous year…and beyond.

How to Get Started

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

  • Sign the New Driver Deal, a roadmap to safer driving you can discuss with your teen.
  • Use the Digital Driving Coach for tips and lessons you can practice with your licensed teen.
  • Stay involved with your teen driver. Share your experiences—challenges, tactics, tips, and what’s working for you—with other parents. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our blog. If you see something you like—or if you have a different approach—leave a comment!
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