Novice drivers are at the highest risk of a crash regardless of age. The first year for any new driver is the most dangerous.
Just like any other complex skill we learn in life, driving takes lots of practice! Introduce distractions such as passengers and night-time driving gradually.
Teen drivers are at the highest risk behind the wheel. The crash rate (per mile driven) for 16 year olds is four times that of adult drivers.
Having passengers is a serious distraction for teen drivers. Carrying 3 or more passengers increases the risk of a crash for 16 and 17 year olds three-fold compared to driving alone.
Michelle Johnson lost her son Connor in a car crash that was 100% preventable. She shares the conversations she wishes she had with Connor about being a safe passenger in a car. Parents are the number one influencer of their teens’ attitudes and behaviors—her story conveys the importance of parent role-modeling and engagement.