FACT: Teens have a higher death rate from motor vehicle crashes than any other age group.
REASON: This is simply due to the lack of experience and maturity level. Teens have a greater risk of death or injury due to automobile crashes within their first 12-24 months of driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Common characteristics in fatal teen crashes include:
- Not wearing seat belts
- Driver errors resulting in single-vehicle crashes
- Alcohol use
- Night driving
- Driver distraction
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO? Have your teen take part in a graduated driver licensing program and read the resources below.
Teen Driving Agreements
Start Smart-Driving Smart to Stay Safe (California Highway Patrol)
Key highway safety laws in California.
Teen Drivers: Get the Facts
Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety