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.


  • Beginning Teen Drivers – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    To order printed copies of these brochures, contact Andrew Hauff, communications specialist, at
  • 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.