• 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.

    Volume 51, Number 1
  • 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.

    Volume 50, Number 8
  • October 1, 2015

    New driver course doesn't boost safety

    Researchers find no evidence that skid avoidance training for teens reduces crashes or violations.

    Volume 50, Number 8
  • 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.

    Volume 50, Number 3
  • 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.

    Volume 49, Number 6
  • 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.

  • July 16, 2014

    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.

    Volume 49, Number 5 | Special Issue: Vehicles for teens
  • 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.

    Volume 48, Number 9
  • 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.

    Volume 48, Number 8
  • 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.

    Volume 48, Number 5
  • 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.

    Volume 47, Number 8
  • 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.

    Volume 47, Number 7
  • 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.

    Volume 47, Number 2
  • 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.

    Volume 46, Number 11
  • December 15, 2011

    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.

    Volume 46, Number 11
  • 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.

    Volume 46, Number 10
  • 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.

    Volume 45, Number 7
  • 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.

    Volume 45, Number 3
  • 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.

    Volume 44, Number 5 | Special Issue: teenage drivers
  • May 7, 2009

    Types of monitoring devices

    A variety of systems are available to allow parents to monitor teen drivers.

    Volume 44, Number 5 | Special Issue: teenage drivers
  • May 7, 2009

    Insurers help parents track teens

    Some insurers provide free or discounted monitoring devices to policyholders with teen drivers.

    Volume 44, Number 5 | Special Issue: teenage drivers
  • May 7, 2009

    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.

    Volume 44, Number 5 | Special Issue: teenage drivers
  • 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.

    Volume 43, Number 11
  • December 27, 2008

    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.

    Volume 43, Number 11
  • 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.

    Volume 43, Number 6
  • 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.

    Volume 42, Number 7
  • June 15, 2007

    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.

    Volume 42, Number 7
  • June 15, 2007

    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.

    Volume 42, Number 7
  • 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.

    Volume 42, Number 1
  • 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.

    Volume 41, Number 10
  • 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.

    Volume 41, Number 9
  • 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.

    Volume 41, Number 7
  • 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.

    Volume 40, Number 10
  • 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.

    Volume 40, Number 9
  • 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.

    Volume 40, Number 6
  • July 16, 2005

    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.

    Volume 40, Number 6
  • 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.

    Volume 39, Number 8
  • 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.

    Volume 39, Number 4
  • March 27, 2004

    Outreach doesn't change parental role

    Volume 39, Number 4
  • 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.

    Volume 38, Number 9
  • 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.

    Volume 37, Number 8
  • September 14, 2002

    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.

    Volume 37, Number 8
  • 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.

    Volume 37, Number 3
  • 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.

    Volume 36, Number 6
  • June 30, 2001

    Parents support graduated licensing

    Parents in California strongly support their state's teen licensing restrictions. Many teenagers also are in favor.

    Volume 36, Number 6
  • 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.

    Volume 36, Number 2
  • February 17, 2001

    Graduated licensing reduces crashes

    Research in three states with restrictions on teen driving shows that graduated licensing systems sharply reduce crashes.

    Volume 36, Number 2
  • February 17, 2001

    N.C. parents like graduated licensing

    Approval of graduated licensing is strong among teens and their parents in both urban and rural counties.

    Volume 36, Number 2
  • 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.

    Volume 34, Number 10 | Special Issue: graduated licensing
  • December 4, 1999

    Passenger limit will save lives

    New study shows teen passenger restriction will save lives even if all teens drive separately as a result.

    Volume 34, Number 10 | Special Issue: graduated licensing
  • December 4, 1999

    Parents approve of graduated licensing

    A new survey shows parents approve of graduated licensing even more after they experience it.

    Volume 34, Number 10 | Special Issue: graduated licensing
  • December 4, 1999

    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.

    Volume 34, Number 10 | Special Issue: graduated licensing
  • 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

    Volume 34, Number 7
  • February 6, 1999

    Presence of passengers increases teenage drivers' risk of crashing

    Volume 34, Number 2
  • February 6, 1999

    Recommendations for an ideal graduated licensing law

    Volume 34, Number 2
  • February 6, 1999

    Teenagers' activities aren't cramped by delaying licensure

    Volume 34, Number 2
  • 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

    Volume 33, Number 6
  • June 6, 1998

    Teens still not buckling up as often as other drivers and passengers

    Volume 33, Number 6
  • 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

    Volume 33, Number 3
  • December 27, 1997

    Graduated licensing has strong support among Nova Scotia parents, teens

    Volume 32, Number 10