Teen drivers aged 16-19 are more at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash than any other age group. Teens also have a higher rate of fatal crashes than any other age group.

There are a number of risk factors facing teen drivers, including:

  • Immaturity, lack of skills and lack of experience – which makes teens more likely to take risks and less likely to spot hazards
  • Underestimating dangers – such as poor visibility and bad weather conditions
  • Speeding – over the speed limit, or too fast for the conditions
  • Distracted driving – teens aren’t the only ones to drive distracted, but their inexperience behind the wheel makes them more susceptible to the dangers of distracted driving
  • Passengers – it’s not just phones that can distract drivers; passengers can be distracting too. Teen drivers – who don’t have much experience on the road – are particularly likely to become distracted by other teen drivers, who might not appreciate just how distracting their behavior can be
  • Alcohol ­– any amount of alcohol impairs drivers, even if they are under the legal limit. And an impaired driver is more likely to take risks on the road
  • Seatbelts – the majority of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. Wearing one won’t prevent your teen from crashing, but it could save their life if they do crash

The good news is that almost all road crashes CAN be prevented.

Read and follow our Driver Code of Conduct to help eliminate the risk from driving. When you’re ready, sign our Young Driver Safety Pledge.

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