Teen Drivers: The StatisticsThe AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shares that teen drivers who are between 16 and 17 years old are three times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in car accidents that lead to fatalities. In fact, AAA shares a variety of alarming statistics related to these inexperienced teen drivers:
- They are 3.9 times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents—as compared to drivers who are 18 and older.
- They are 2.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents—as compared to drivers who are 18 and older.
- They are 4.5 times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents—as compared to drivers who are ages 30 to 59.
- They are 3.2 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents—as compared to drivers who are ages 30 to 59.
Contributing FactorsAAA reports on three important factors that contribute to the deadly car crashes caused by inexperienced teen motorists:
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving is a major component of car accidents in general, and when it comes to teen drivers, the issue of distraction is that teens and their smartphones just seem to go together—they grew up together, after all. Smartphone interaction—for obvious reasons—is one of the deadliest distractions out there, but teen drivers are also far more likely to become distracted by passengers in their cars than more experienced drivers. In fact, almost six in 10 car accidents caused by teen drivers involve distracted driving—this is four times the official estimate for accidents overall.
- Speeding. Speeding is always dangerous, but teenage drivers are especially prone to this poor driving choice. AAA cites speeding as among the worst errors that new teen drivers make. Speeding is a factor in almost a third of all fatal traffic accidents involving teen drivers.
- Failing to buckle up. Teens who make it a habit to buckle up behind the wheel significantly reduce their odds of becoming traffic fatalities. AAA shares data from 2016, which supports the statistic that a full 60 percent of teen driver fatalities weren’t wearing seatbelts.