Driving carries extra risk for them.
January 28, 2016
More teens start driving again
More teenagers are insured to drive than a few years ago. The increase comes as teenage unemployment has fallen.
October 1, 2015
Updated teen vehicle recommendations
IIHS has updated its recommendations for used vehicles for teens, and the list has grown by more than 50 percent.
New driver course doesn't boost safety
Researchers find no evidence that skid avoidance training for teens reduces crashes or violations.
March 31, 2015
Strong GDL laws maximize benefits
Graduated licensing is reducing fatal crashes among teen drivers, but many states could do much better if they strengthened their laws.
July 30, 2014
Teen crashes fall since advent of GDL
Teenage drivers are getting into fewer crashes since GDL laws emerged in the mid-1990s, a new IIHS study confirms. Separate research finds that GDL reduces teens' driving and crash likelihood.
July 16, 2014
IIHS releases list of safest used vehicles for teens
The Institute issues its first-ever recommendations on used vehicles for teen drivers after research shows that many are driving small vehicles that don't offer enough crash protection and old ones without the latest safety technology.
Certain cars elevate risk for teens
Teens' high risk of crashing is amplified by certain vehicles, and teens are more likely than other drivers to have the least safe types of cars, new studies show.
December 19, 2013
More evidence of GDL benefits
A recent study provides more evidence that graduated driver licensing cuts fatal crashes among 16 and 17 year-olds and identifies components with large benefits.
November 7, 2013
With fewer jobs, fewer teens drive
A new HLDI study shows the connection between the decline in teen driving and the increase in teen unemployment.
October 24, 2013
HLDI: Teen driving drop tracks with jobless rate
A recent drop in teen driving likely comes down to simple economics. A new HLDI study shows that the decline in teen driving coincided with the economic slowdown, and the shortage of work has disproportionately affected teenage job seekers.
June 27, 2013
Teens delay licenses, drive less often
Teens today aren't in such a rush to get a driver's license. New research suggests it may be due more to economic reasons than social ones or to avoid graduated licensing.
October 25, 2012
Older teenagers benefit from GDL
A study of recent changes to graduated licensing in Victoria, Australia, shows that restrictions can reduce crashes among newly licensed 18-20 year-olds.
September 20, 2012
LATCH, belt reminders on tap for rulemakings
The recently passed transportation funding law known as MAP-21 includes a number of important safety-related provisions.
May 31, 2012
Stronger teen driver laws would cut fatalities
A new online calculator shows states how to save lives and reduce crashes by strengthening young driver laws.
March 6, 2012
Young teens have high crash death rates
The teen crash problem starts long before teenagers are driving as they travel as passengers of older friends who already have their licenses.
December 15, 2011
N.J. teen decals don't boost compliance
A New Jersey law intended to help police enforce graduated licensing restrictions by requiring young drivers to display decals hasn't increased compliance with the restrictions.
Early months of driving are riskiest
Crashes and near crashes are more common in the first six months of independent driving than later, a study that monitored teen drivers with cameras and other sensors has found.
November 17, 2011
Sports cars increase teen drivers' risk
Teenagers are more likely to crash than drivers their parents' age. That extra risk is amplified when they ride motorcycles or drive sports cars, a HLDI study shows.
August 3, 2010
Parents favor strict teen driving laws
Parents support older licensing ages for beginning drivers and stricter limits on night driving and passengers, a new survey finds.
March 31, 2010
New Jersey's teen driving law pays off
Policies that require teens to wait until they're 17 to get their licenses and then adhere to tough restrictions once they do are cutting crash rates in New Jersey.
May 7, 2009
Gadgets can help watch teen drivers
In-vehicle monitoring devices can help reduce teen crash risk by providing feedback about driving behavior to both teenagers and their parents.
Types of monitoring devices
A variety of systems are available to allow parents to monitor teen drivers.
Insurers help parents track teens
Some insurers provide free or discounted monitoring devices to policyholders with teen drivers.
Strong GDL systems cut crashes
Graduated licensing laws rated good by IIHS are associated with lower fatal crash rates among teen drivers and lower insurance losses, compared with laws rated poor.
February 25, 2009
IIHS testifies on speed enforcement and young drivers
IIHS testified on Feb. 24, 2009, before the Maryland Senate Committee on Judicial Proceedings on automated speed enforcement and on passenger and nighttime restrictions for young drivers.
December 27, 2008
Higher drinking age saves lives
An Institute review of the research confirms that the establishment of 21 as the drinking age has reduced teen drinking, impaired driving and crash fatalities.
A misguided campaign
Some groups are advocating for a lower drinking age, saying 21 has pushed college drinking underground. Evidence shows vigorous enforcement of 21 policies is a better approach.
September 9, 2008
Put off driver licensure to save lives
Most U.S. states allow driving at age 16, 16½ or somewhere in between. But licensing at later ages would substantially reduce crashes involving teen drivers. The same conclusion has been reached in other countries. Teens in Great Britain and most Australian states can't get their licenses until they turn 17, and in most EU countries it's 18.
July 24, 2008
Campaign cuts impaired driving
A crackdown on impaired driving and underage drinking in a West Virginia college town shows what stepped-up enforcement and a media blitz can accomplish.
June 9, 2008
Teen drivers often ignore cellphone bans
Teenage drivers' cellphone use edged higher in North Carolina after the state enacted a cellphone ban for young drivers, a new IIHS study finds. This is the case even though young drivers and their parents said they strongly support the restrictions. Parents and teens alike believe the ban on hand-held and hands-free phone use isn't being enforced.
June 15, 2007
Teen crashes continue to fall
New research shows continued progress in reducing fatal and nonfatal crash rates among 16 year-olds, and the gains haven't been offset by higher crash rates among older teenagers.
Many teens still get licenses early
A survey of parents finds teens are getting their licenses as soon as they're eligible. The parents say they plan to supervise their kids closely.
Some teens don't drive the safest cars
Many beginning drivers have vehicles that don't protect well in crashes, a survey of parents of teens finds.
January 27, 2007
Study looks at causes of teens' crashes
Researchers find that 16-year-old drivers often crash simply because they aren't paying attention.
December 19, 2006
Driving to and from school is risky
Research finds a high percentage of crashes involving teen drivers occur during the morning and afternoon school commute times.
November 21, 2006
Road death toll rises
More people died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads in 2005 than in any year since 1990. Much of the increase can be pinned on motorcycles.
September 7, 2006
Washington enforces zero tolerance
An Institute study found 51 percent more arrests of 16-20-year-old drivers for alcohol violations in Washington state after the zero tolerance law took effect in 1994, compared with before.
August 31, 2006
Teens' crash rates go down under graduated licensing
An evaluation of graduated licensing in California finds a 23 percent overall reduction in the per capita crash involvement rate of 16-year-old drivers in the state. Crashes went down more in the high-risk situations specifically addressed by graduated licensing.
December 17, 2005
Program boosts GDL compliance slightly
Increased enforcement and publicity leads to modest increase in GDL compliance in North Carolina.
November 19, 2005
The dangers of teens riding with teens
When teens drive with other teens in their vehicles, they drive faster and leave less distance between themselves and the vehicles in front, a recent study finds.
July 16, 2005
Open school lunch means more crashes
Teens have higher lunchtime crash rates when they're allowed to leave school for lunch, research finds.
States toughen teen licensing policies
Four more states have adopted graduated licensing for teenagers, and other states recently beefed up restrictions in their existing systems.
February 24, 2005
Fatal crash rate of 16 year-old drivers declines sharply
The fatal crash rate for 16-year-old drivers declined sharply after states began enacting graduated licensing laws in the 1990s, an IIHS study finds. Fatal crash involvements based on the population of 16 year-olds fell 26 percent during 1993-2003.
August 28, 2004
Teens often drive risky vehicles
In observations of student parking lots, Institute researchers found that the majority of teens were driving vehicles that aren't recommended for novice drivers.
March 27, 2004
N.C. families heed driving restrictions
North Carolina teenagers and their parents say they adhere to their state's restrictions on beginning drivers, despite minimal enforcement.
Outreach doesn't change parental role
September 25, 2003
Highway safety legislation in the states
Two states get stronger belt laws, but Pennsylvania lawmakers weaken their state's motorcycle helmet use law.
September 14, 2002
Graduated licensing cuts crashes
The first long-term study of graduated licensing was conducted in Nova Scotia, which adopted the system in 1994.
School buses are safest transportation
Death rates measured per mile and per trip during school hours are lowest on school buses. The death rate per trip is highest in passenger vehicles driven by teenagers.
May 22, 2002
Many teens fail to buckle up even when their parents do
Belt use among high school students is lower than among other occupants in passenger vehicles. Even when adults are driving and using belts themselves, many teens riding with them aren't buckling up, a recent survey finds.
March 16, 2002
Few states improve highway safety laws
Little progress was made in the states in 2001 when it comes to passing new highway safety laws and strengthening the ones on the books.
June 30, 2001
Teens don’t know about zero tolerance
Many young drivers don't know about the zero-tolerance impaired-driving laws that apply to them. A lack of enforcement may be to blame.
Parents support graduated licensing
Parents in California strongly support their state's teen licensing restrictions. Many teenagers also are in favor.
February 17, 2001
Teen crash risk falls after 6 months
The findings of two studies bolster the argument for letting teens ease into driving with graduated licensing laws.
Graduated licensing reduces crashes
Research in three states with restrictions on teen driving shows that graduated licensing systems sharply reduce crashes.
N.C. parents like graduated licensing
Approval of graduated licensing is strong among teens and their parents in both urban and rural counties.
December 20, 2000
Best and worst state traffic safety laws
For the first time, IIHS has conducted a comprehensive assessment of key traffic safety laws in every state and the District of Columbia. Researchers rated laws on alcohol-impaired driving, young driver licensing, safety belts, child restraints, motorcycle helmets and laws allowing red light cameras.
December 4, 1999
Graduated licensing catches on in states
A total of 35 states have adopted one or more elements of graduated licensing, a system that reduces teen crashes by easing beginners in to full driving privileges.
Passenger limit will save lives
New study shows teen passenger restriction will save lives even if all teens drive separately as a result.
Parents approve of graduated licensing
A new survey shows parents approve of graduated licensing even more after they experience it.
Nova Scotia GDL system cuts crashes
Nova Scotia has one of the first graduated driver licensing system in North America. The program cut crashes for all novice drivers 19 percent in the first year.
September 21, 1999
Choose a safe vehicle for your teen driver
It may be hard to imagine handing your teenager the keys to your brand new car, but that may be the smartest vehicle to choose for them. Teens should drive vehicles that offer the best protection and reduce their chances of a crash.
July 17, 1999
Teenagers' crashes and traffic violations track their parents' records
February 6, 1999
Presence of passengers increases teenage drivers' risk of crashing
Recommendations for an ideal graduated licensing law
Teenagers' activities aren't cramped by delaying licensure
January 20, 1999
Teen crash risk is lower with graduated licensing
Graduated licensing is an increasingly popular approach to reducing new drivers' risk of collisions. Experts at IIHS in the United States and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation in Canada have released research on the core provisions needed in graduated licensing laws to ensure significant reductions in collisions and injuries.
December 14, 1998
Black and Hispanic children at high risk of crash death
Per mile traveled, black and Hispanic male teenagers are nearly twice as likely to die in a motor vehicle crash as male teens who are white. The risk of black children ages 5 to 12 dying in a crash per mile of travel is almost three times as great as that of white children.
September 3, 1998
Summer brings more crash deaths among teens
As predictable as summer sun is the tragic increase in crashes that kill 16-year-old drivers and their peers. This summer has been no exception.
June 6, 1998
Cars driven by teens are often picked for price instead of safety
Teens still not buckling up as often as other drivers and passengers
April 14, 1998
Driver death rate soars among 16 year-olds
The overall driver death rate declined during 1975-96 from 15 to 12 per 100,000 licensed drivers. But among 16 year-olds, the death rate was trending upward, and this trend was more extreme. The rate increased among 16-year-old drivers from 19 per 100,000 in 1975 to 35 per 100,000 licensed drivers in 1996, and the increase occurred among both males and females.
April 4, 1998
Graduated licensing's key components standardized
December 27, 1997
Graduated licensing has strong support among Nova Scotia parents, teens
May 10, 1997
North Carolina adopts strong new graduated licensing law
January 11, 1997
Driver education does not lower teenagers' crash rate
European driver ed programs also found insufficient
Liquor stores, bars continue to sell alcohol to young people
November 9, 1996
Michigan's graduated licensing law includes a night curfew provision for young beginners
August 10, 1996
Graduated licensing attracts support in a number of states
Connecticut parents support graduated licensing, including a night driving curfew, Institute survey reveals
June 1, 1996
Child, teen deaths are caused by vehicles more than anything else
May 4, 1996
Zero tolerance, graduated licensing get support, survey shows
July 1, 1995
Laws governing licensing ages differ widely among states
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