• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.