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The National Young Driver Survey (NYDS)

The National Young Driver Survey (NYDS) was created to help the research team better understand how teens perceive and experience driving. In 2006 using the Teen-Centered Method, we conducted 45 focus groups with teens across the country to determine survey questions. This step was necessary to ensure that the questions asked were relevant to today's teens.

The survey was distributed to 5,665 9th through 11th graders in 68 randomly selected high schools. In each high school, one 9th grade classroom, two 10th grade classrooms and one 11th grade classroom were chosen to create the sample. The NYDS asked the survey participants varied driving related and demographic questions to discover their views on driving, both personal and in relation to friends and family. The weighted data from the survey are representative of all 10.2 million public school students in 9th through 11th grades in the U.S. The NYDS is the most comprehensive current description of youth perceptions of teen driving.

The NYDS has been a valuable tool for setting direction for future research and for providing immediate recommendations for stakeholders and parents.

Three research reports have been created from key NYDS findings. These reports were shared with key stakeholders, including teens, parents, policymakers, educators, and media to effect change.

Download the reports:

The National Young Driver Survey (NYDS)

This landmark survey was made possible with the generous support of State Farm Insurance Companies®.

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