Content Summary of Teen Driving Infographic
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.
DUE TO CAR ACCIDENTS in 2010
- 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
- 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