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Teen Drivers

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

Driving among High School Students — United States, 2013

Photo: Teenage girl behind the wheel

According to a CDC study, teens’ driving patterns vary depending on their race/ethnicity and where they live.  

Findings from this study can aid states and communities in considering ways to improve safety for older teens new to driving and in planning for safe, affordable transportation options for teens who do not drive.


CDC Vital Signs: Teen Drinking and Driving

CDC Vital Signs. 1 in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.

Teen Drinking and Driving - A Dangerous Mix

The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991, but more can be done.


CDC's Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers

One of the most important safety features for your teen driver is you.

Parents, pediatricians, and organizations can find more information on how to keep teens safe on the road at  There you can download a free Parent-Teen Driving Agreement and other free materials.



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