Focus Areas

Teen Drivers

That new driver’s license is really something — including a huge responsibility.

A Preventable Public-Safety Issue

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out these statistics from Impact Teen Drivers:

  • The driver fatality rate for 16-year-old drivers is nine times the rate for drivers 30 to 60 years old
  • One in three teen drivers has an accident in their first year of driving
  • Teenagers make up 7 percent of licensed drivers but suffer 14 percent of fatalities
  • A 16-year-old soccer player has had about 1,500 hours of coached soccer practice, but only 50 hours of driving practice before getting a license
  • There is no in-car driver training in the high school systems of 25 states, including California.

And one more fact: Teen driver crashes are the leading cause of death for our nation’s youth. The overwhelming majority of these crashes are caused by inexperience or distractions, not “thrill-seeking” or deliberate risk-taking.

Get Educated on Safe Driving

Impact Teen Drivers offers numerous resources to help promote safe driving at home, in the classroom — and, ultimately, on the road! Check out their many materials to use with your child, at your school and in the community, and see California PTA’s resolution on safe teen driving.

OTHER GREAT TEEN DRIVING RESOURCES

  • Beginning Teen Drivers – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    To order printed copies of these brochures, contact Andrew Hauff, communications specialist, at ahauff@iihs.org.
  • Play “Distraction Zone” for your chance to win $500  (must be 15-18 years old to enter).
  • Tryout the Risk-O-lator at Teen Smart Driving to see how certain distractions increase your risk of getting in a car crash. The Risk-O-lator can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • What Do You Consider Lethal,”  an engaging and evidence-based campaign designed to help teens tackle the issue of reckless and distracted driving.