Teen Driving Infographic

Teen Driving Infographic


Content Summary of Teen Driving Infographic

Teen Drivers

The Risks and How to Stay Safe

A Look at the Numbers

Car crashes are the #1 cause of death for 14-18 year olds.


  • 2,700 teens were killed
  • 282,000 teens were admitted to the ER
  • In the first month of holding a driver’s license, there is an even higher risk of getting into a car accident.
  • In 2011, 1/5 of teen drivers license killed in car crashes did not have a valid driver’s license.
  • Almost 2x as many male teenage drivers and passengers died as female teenage drivers and passengers.
  • Over HALF of the teens (passengers and drivers) killed were not wearing seat belts.
  • Per mile driven, teen drivers are 3x more likely to be in a fatal car accident than drivers aged 20 and up.
  • 11% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal car 21% crashes were distracted drivers.
  • Of those teens, 21% were distracted by their cell phone.
  • 35% of teens involved in fatal crashes were speeding.

Teen drivers are more likely to:

  • Leave less space between cars
  • Speed
  • Refrain from using seatbelts

In 2011, over 2,000 teen drivers were involved in car crashes in which someone died.

  • From 2007-2011, the number of teen drivers killed fell by 44%.
  • GDL (Graduated Learner) programs correlate with reductions of up to 40% in fatalities and injuries

Graduated Driver Licensing  gradually phase in teen drivers, with restrictions


  • No younger than 16
  • For 6 months
  • 30-50 of parental supervision


  • Until 18
  • No nighttime driving- starting at 9 or 10 pm
  • No teen passengers


  • Ban on all cellphone use
  • Active parents- supervision to ensure safe habits, and good role modeling