Educating Teen Drivers

Handing over the car keys to a newly licensed teen driver is exciting – and terrifying.

One day your child is a passenger in a school bus, one of the safest modes of transportation. The next day, he or she is the driver of a motor vehicle, one of the most dangerous modes of transportation.

Here is the scary truth:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens
  • Drivers aged 16 and 17 have the highest crash rates than any other age group
  • In 2011, young drivers were involved in more than 4,700 fatal crashes

The only way teens can learn how to drive safely is to actually drive – but the consequences can be catastrophic.

That’s why we've formed coalitions in 10 states to address the issue. The coalitions have a common goal: To establish a culture of safe teen driving based on proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL).

DriveitHOME Parent Initiative

DriveitHOME is a program offering specially-created resources to help parents keep their teens safer on the roads, especially after they receive their driver's licenses. The National Safety Council created DIH as a resource designed by parents for parents. The unique program includes an interactive website featuring engaging videos, practice tips and other critical resources. Parents can sign up to receive weekly practice tips and suggestions via email, and are encouraged to share their own teaching techniques and experiences.



We all share our roadways, so when an inexperienced teen driver is on the road, we’re all affected. In fact, in 31 percent of fatal crashes involving teens aged 15 to 17, the victim was the occupant of another vehicle, not the teen driver. A quarter of these fatal crashes killed the teen’s passenger, and another 7 percent killed non-motorists such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

This isn’t just a teen issue – it’s a public safety issue.