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For more information about keeping teens safe on the road, visit Teen Driver Source from CHOP's Research Institute.

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Teenage Drivers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although teen drivers (ages of 15 and 20) constitute almost 10 percent of all licensed drivers, they are involved in 12 percent of fatal motor vehicle-related crashes. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a 16-year-old driver is more than 20 times as likely to have a motor vehicle crash than any other licensed driver. In fact, the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year-olds is motor vehicle-related crashes.

Statistics related to teenage driving:

Consider the following statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discuss them with your teen before he/she gets behind the wheel of a car:

Why are teenage drivers at higher risk?

There are two main reasons why teenage drivers are at increased risk for motor vehicle-related crashes that result in injury or death, including the following:

Another contributing factor to the increased risk to teenager drivers includes nighttime driving. Nighttime driving is more difficult for anyone, especially the novice driver. However, teenagers tend to do disproportionately more driving at night, increasing their risk of a fatal motor vehicle crash, as compared to daytime driving. In fact, adolescents do 20 percent of their driving at night, but 50 percent of teen fatalities occur at night.

Safer teenage driving:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made the following recommendations to pediatricians in coordination with parents to ensure safer teenage driving:

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