2007 to 2014, the percentage of young
drivers seen visibly manipulating a hand-held device quadrupled.
Keeping cellphones out of the hands of
teen drivers is a top priority for AAA. The
association’s advocacy efforts are helping to protect teens by working to pass
graduated driver licensing laws and teen
wireless bans in states across the country.
Increase in rear-end
crashes for teens
From 2007 to 2015, there was a significant
increase in the proportion of teen driver
crashes in this study that were rear-end
collisions. Rear-end crashes most often
involve a driver who is following too
closely and/or responding too slowly due
to inattention or distraction.
While it’s possible that teens have start-
ed following more closely, it seems more
likely that distraction has led to an increase
in eyes off the road time, slower reaction
times and an increase in the proportion of
crashes that are rear-end crashes.
An in-depth examination of rear-end
crashes showed there was a significant
increase in the proportion of crashes in
which the driver was operating/looking
at a cellphone, from 15. 3 percent in 2008
to 27.9 percent in 2014.
Deaths linked to teen drivers
“Nearly two-thirds of people injured or
killed in crashes involving a teen driver
are people other than the teen them-
selves,” according to Ryan. “This shows
that teen drivers can be a risk to everyone
on the road and it is important to regulate
their actions when behind the wheel.”
year in crashes involving teen drivers.
• The average number of deaths from
crashes involving teen drivers ages
16-19 increased by 16 percent per day
compared to other days of the year.
Educational resources for
parents and teens
The website TeenDriving.AAA.com of-
fers a variety of tools to help prepare par-
ents and teens for the dangerous summer
driving season. A few tips include:
other teens while a new driver. One of
the most dangerous sources of distrac-
tion for teen drivers, whether due to
horseplay, loud music, rowdy behavior
or peer pressure, is teen passengers.
• Minimize various potential distractions, such as eating, drinking, chatting
with a passenger, reading a map, personal grooming, reaching for things in
the car or looking at people or objects
unrelated to the driving task.
the vehicle by you or your teen.
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