Teen Driving Statistics Every Teen & Their Parents Should Know

As a parent, your number one priority is to keep your children safe, but how do you protect them from the many driving dangers that teenagers face? The first step is educating yourself on the facts. 

Don’t miss these important statistics that you and your teen need to know.

Top Teen Driving Stats

  • In 2020, eight teens died every day in the United States due to motor vehicle crashes
  • From 2019 to 2020, fatalities among young drivers increased by 17%, and the of total fatal crashes involving young drivers increased by 15% 
  • Males ages 16-19 are three times as likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than females of the same age
  • In 2020, 29% of drivers aged 15 to 20 who were killed in an accident had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of at least .01%

What Are the Biggest Risk Factors?

Inexperience

Teens have less driving experience than adults, which means they also have less experience recognizing hazards on the road. In fact, studies show that teenagers underestimate the danger of different driving situations and are more likely to make errors that lead to fatal crashes.  

What can parents do? While your teen has their learner’s permit, do your best to provide as much supervised practice as possible, including practice in different road and weather conditions. Driver’s education courses are a popular choice among parents because they offer one-on-one lessons with a qualified instructor. 

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a common behavior of all drivers, but it’s particularly prevalent among teenagers. In 2020, 7% of individuals aged 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted—more than any other age group. One of the most common distractions is technology. In a 2019 study, 39% of participants admitted to texting or emailing while driving. 

What can parents do? Teen drivers in Arizona are allowed one non-sibling teenage passenger during the first six months after obtaining their license. However, some parents choose not to allow any passengers during that time period. Similarly, many parents forbid the use of distracting behaviors, such as texting, calling, and eating. 

Monitoring these behaviors may be tricky, so taking the time to talk with your teen about the dangers of distracted driving is key. 

Drunk Driving

In the last three decades, teen drinking and driving has decreased by over half, but it’s still a big problem among teens today. According to the CDC, high school teens drink and drive 2.4 million times per month, putting themselves at high risk of injury, or worse. Compared to when they’re sober, teens are 17 times more likely to die in a car accident when they have a BAC above .08%.

What can parents do? Educating your teen about the dangers of impaired driving can go a long way in keeping them safe. In addition, consider implementing a parent-teen driving contract, and always model good driving behaviors.

Keep Your Teen Safe With Stop and Go Driving School

There’s a lot of driving safety information you need to teach your teen, but you don’t have to go it alone. Stop and Go Driving School is here to help. Reach out to us today to learn how our driver’s education courses give teens (and adults!) the skills and information they need.