Teenagers contribute to, and suffer from, the consequences of motor vehicle collisions at a disproportionate rate. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for youth ages 15–20. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (Young Drivers: 2015 Data - Traffic Safety Facts, 2017), in 2015, 1,886 15- to 20-year old drivers were killed and an additional 195,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Drivers ages 15–20 account for 5.4% of all licensed drivers in the U.S. but are involved in 9% of all fatal crashes.
Teen driver crashes often involve: driver error, lack of safety belt use, excessive speed, reckless driving, single vehicle crashes, nighttime fatal crashes, increased risk with every additional passenger, distractions, and alcohol and drugs.
This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on teen driving safety. It is divided into 14 sections: (1) organizations; (2) campaigns, programs, and toolkits; (3) data; (4) general publications; (5) Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL); (6) driver education and training; (7) parent supervision; (8) distracted driving; (9) passenger distraction; (10) technology distraction; (11) impaired driving; (12) drowsy driving; (13) drunk driving; and (14) drugged driving.