TEEN DRIVERS

Are at Higher Risk of Distracted Driving Accidents

DISTRACTED DRIVING


Distracted Driving is Operating A Vehicle While Attention Is Elsewhere

COMMON CAUSES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING:

  • Cell Phones
  • Radio & Music
  • Navigation Systems
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Talking To Others In The Car
  • Day Dreaming

Teen driver Statistics & Crash Reports

  • 90%

    of drivers admit to using their phone while driving at times

  • 17%

    of drivers say they take selfies while driving

At least 481,000 distracted drivers are on the road every day. Teenagers and young adults are the most likely to become distracted drivers. This is in large part because of phones.

average age of drivers with A phone in their hands

More Teens in Cars = More Chance of Crashes


  • Teens driving with passengers is listed amongst the CDC’s 8 Danger Zones.
  • Studies find the more passengers in a teen’s car, the higher the risk of accident.
  • Limiting passengers in a teen’s car even beyond the legal limit help reduce crashes.

REAL NUMBERS:

  • 391,000

    in 2016 people were injured in distracted driving crashes

  • 3,450

    people died in distracted driving crashes in 2016

  • 53%

    teen fatalities not wearing seat belts

  • 62%

    adults 20-44 fatalities not wearing seat belts

Teen Drivers Not Wearing Seat Belts

  • More than half of all teens who died in car crashes in 2016 were not wearing seat belts:
  • Young adults are the most likely group to have non-fatal crash injuries.
  • They are also the least likely to wear a seat belt.
  • Seat belts reduce the number of injuries and deaths in car crashes by half.

Conditional licenses for teen drivers have special requirements:

  • Teens can drive alone from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Teens may drive from 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. with a licensed adult over 21 in the car
  • No more than two passengers under 21 allowed in the car with a teen, unless with a licensed adult
  • Exceptions for family and for school events
  • Teens 17 and older can get full licenses

8Danger Zones for Teen Drivers

(According to the Centers for Disease Control):

  • 1. Driver inexperience
  • 2. Driving with teen passengers
  • 3. Driving at night
  • 4. Not using seat belts
  • 5. Distracted driving
  • 6. Drowsy driving
  • 7. Reckless driving
  • 8. Driving while intoxicated