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
The safest used vehicles for teens
IIHS issues its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help parents find the right one for their beginning driver.
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.
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
IIHS introduces GDL calculator
If every state adopted all five components of the toughest young driver laws in the nation, more than 500 lives could be saved and more than 9,500 collisions could be prevented each year.
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.
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
Licensing teens later reduces crashes
Few teens would like the idea of waiting longer to drive, but licensing at a higher age cuts crashes and saves lives.
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
N.C. teens ignore cellphone ban
A law prohibiting teenagers from using a cellphone while driving has the support of teens and their parents, but that hasn't kept teen drivers from violating it.
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
California GDL cuts crashes
New Institute research confirms the success of California's graduated licensing law.
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.
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.
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.
June 8, 2002
Many teens fail to buckle up
Nearly half of teens dropped off at school by their parents weren't wearing their safety belts, an IIHS survey at 12 high schools found.
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 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.
July 17, 1999
Teenagers' crashes and traffic violations track their parents' records
February 6, 1999
Florida's new licensing law reduces crashes among 15, 16, and 17 year-olds
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 16, 1999
Black and Hispanic children and teens are at high risk of dying in crashes
June 6, 1998
Sixteen-year-old drivers' death rates rising at an alarming rate
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 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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