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.
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.