Teens are among the riskiest drivers on the road, crashing four times more often than adult drivers do. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death among people age 16-20, killing more than 5,600 teens each year.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seeks to turn around this deadly situation through our research and education in the area of Teen Driver Safety. By identifying and understanding the factors that contribute to teen driver risk and developing strategies for helping teens and their families manage risks better, we can save lives.
We pursue projects that offer groundbreaking insights into how teens think, interact, and perceive risk. Recent studies, such as our research on the impact of passengers on teen drivers and our study on how parents and teen interact during the supervised driving phase, and a study to measure changes in teenage driver crashes. provide the basis for recommendations that help teens, their parents, their teachers, and policymakers make sound decisions.
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Key Facts: Teen Drivers
- Car crashes kill 5,500 teens each year
- Teen crash 4x more often than adults
- Young passengers can quadruple a teen driver's fatal crash risk
- Newest teen drivers have highest crash risk