Teen Driver and Passenger Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. About eight teens ages 13–19 die every day from motor vehicle crash injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16–19 have a fatal crash rate almost three times as high as drivers ages 20 and older.

The good news is that teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable. We know proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

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

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CDC’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System Planning Guide is designed to assist states to assess, develop, and implement actionable plans to strengthen GDL practices.