Although the overall number of teen driver fatalities has decreased substantially over the past several years, carrying young passengers is still a significant risk factor for young drivers.
Teen drivers are 50 percent more likely to crash in first month of unsupervised driving than after first year behind the wheel.
Several studies throughout the world have documented that novice driver crashes decline sharply during the first 6 to18 months of driving, regardless of the age at which driving begins. It is clear that a substantial amount is learned during this period, but what that is has rarely been studied and remains largely unknown.
This report summarizes the results of a study of online basic driver education, conducted by Dunlap and Associates, Inc. for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This report is part of the Large-scale Evaluation of Driver Education Project being conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and Northport Associates for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In an effort to reduce crashes and fatalities among young drivers, nearly all states have implemented graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems.
New Jersey possesses one of the strictest GDL implementations in the country. A cursory examination of New Jersey's teen crash risk showed promising results, necessitating a more in-depth examination to determine the true impact of its GDL laws. The study revealed significant reductions in crashes, injuries and deaths among 17 and 18-year olds, indicating New Jersey may indeed be a good model for other states to follow.
This study is examines the overall national impact of graduated driver licensing programs on fatal crashes and injury crashes of 16-year-old drivers.
The Foundation developed this three-volume set of guidelines for conducting thorough evaluations of driver education programs for beginning drivers.
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