Teen Drivers: Stats, Dangers and Crash Behaviors

Inexperience behind the wheel combined with some risky driving behaviors make teens more prone to accidents, including deadly ones. One report cited the risk of accidents being higher for teens ages 16-19 than for any other age group. Here are the top findings:

  • During the first few months after getting a license, a 16-year-old’s crash rate per mile is about 1.5 times more than older teens ages 18-19.
  • Almost half of teen drivers and passengers between the ages 16 and 19 who died in 2019 were not wearing seatbelts.
  • Most accidents with teens happen on the weekend and between 9 p.m. and 12 midnight. Among 16-19-year-olds, more than 50% of crashes occurred in the dark.

Dangerous driving behaviors also can cause crashes. These include:

  • Peer passengers: Driving friends can increase the risk of an accident if there is no adult supervision, and the risk increases with each additional teen passenger.
  • Speeding: Teens are more likely to speed than any other age group.
  • Failure to scan for hazards: Recognition errors (46%), decision errors (40%), and performance errors (8%) are all present in teen car accidents.
  • Distractions: More than just texting and driving, distractions cover any activity that can take your attention away from the road. This includes eating, drinking, and listening to music.
  • Following too closely: In single vehicle crashes involving a teen driver, 36% of rear-end accidents were caused by tailgating.

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