All teen drivers are at higher risk because they lack driving experience and judgment that only come with time and driving.

Managing the vehicle is only the beginning of learning to drive – decision making and judgment come with experience over time.

Teens with their own vehicles are at greater risk because they drive more and have fewer restrictions placed on them.

Even “responsible” friends in the car can be distracting. Crash risks are nearly doubled with one passenger – and go up further with each extra passenger.

All young passengers are potentially distracting and at risk with a new driver – siblings are not safer.

The GDL program is good, but is just a MINIMUM. Strict parent-imposed driving restrictions that go beyond the laws, increase teen safety.

Nearly all parents DO set limits, and teens expect limits. The stronger the limits, the better the safety outcomes.

Why is teen driver safety so important to health care providers (doctors, nurses, etc)

They have seen the impact car crashes have on the lives of their teen patients and families.
  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death among their teen patients.
  • Non-fatal car crashes also have serious consequences (physical and emotional) that can affect teens for the rest of their lives.
They know how important the early driving years are in a teen’s life.
  • Part of helping teens to become healthy and responsible adults is to ensure they are safe drivers.
  • The part of the brain responsible for decision making does not fully develop until the mid-twenties.
  • Teen licensure occurs at a time when many important physiological, hormonal, emotional, social, and cultural changes are occurring in teens’ lives.
  • During the early driving years, the challenges, distractions, and temptations of becoming an adult are most intense.
They want to help keep teens safe!
  • A health care professional’s goal is to help teens stay healthy teens.