Driving carries extra risk for them.
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.
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