Car Accident Prevention
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Car Accident Prevention

Car accident prevention begins with helping teens gain the experience and skills necessary to stay safe on the road. Statistics show that motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for adolescents in the United States. The fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16 to 19 year olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and older. Fatal crash risk is highest  for those ages 16 and 17.

Car accident prevention statistics show that there are three common critical errors newly licensed teen drivers make that lead to serious crashes: lack of scanning to detect and respond to hazards, driving too fast for road conditions, and being distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle. Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have developed and tested the TeenDrivingPlan Practice Guide to help parents provide their teen drivers with the quality, quantity, and diversity of driving practice to develop these critical skills.

CHOP researchers are developing other innovative injury prevention counseling resources for practitioners to share with families during well visits. Families should look to their teens' primary care pediatrician as a trusted source for this information. 


The majority of newly licensed teen drivers exit the learner’s permit period with significant skill deficits, leading to a much higher risk of crashing than more experienced drivers.

More Car Accident Prevention Statistics

  • Making left turns, rear-end events, and running off the road are the most common reasons why newly licensed teen drivers crash.

  • Because their scanning skills are underdeveloped, new drivers often detect a hazard later than experienced drivers, increasing crash risk.

  • Crashes are preventable. Teens who say their parents set rules and pay attention to their activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to crash.

  • Inexperience is a major factor in why teens crash.

Pick Your Practice

With a couple of clicks, think about what skills you would like to practice first as a learner driver, and we’ll point you to videos and tips on how to practice them. Take this online driving quiz to Pick Your Practice!

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