Facts and Figures

3D Facts Stats CrosswordBrowse these sobering statistics about young drivers and you’ll gain a new appreciation for the importance of safe teen driving. Parents and teens alike will benefit from reading the facts and having a discussion about them.

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  • In 2003, about 44% of all teen deaths were attributed to vehicle crashes – more than triple the number of teen suicides and more than double the number of teen homicide victims. (Source: NHTSA)
  • Per mile driven, 16 year olds are involved in more than five times as many fatal crashes per mile as adults. (Source: NHTSA)
  • 77% of teen crashes involved avoidable driving errors. (Source: drivingmba.com)
  • In a 4-year period, over 4,000 American soldiers were killed in war-related incidents. In the same time period, over 27,000 15 to 19 year olds died in car crashes on U.S. roadways. (Source: drivingmba.com)
  • In 2000, the estimated economic cost of police-reported crashes involving drivers between 15 and 20 years old totaled $32.8 billion. (Source: NHTSA)
  • Every year nearly 10,000 teens die in automobile crashes. (Source: Tell-My-Mom.com, Inc.)
  • Eight in ten teens say that if a friend told them their driving behavior made their friend feel uncomfortable, they would listen. (Source: Ad Council)
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the single biggest killer of teenagers – more than AIDS, street violence, and drug use combined. (Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)
  • 80% of traffic deaths occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds lower than 40 miles per hour. (Source: National Driving Statistics)
  • At 60 mph, in the two seconds it takes you to change the radio station, adjust the air conditioning, or dial your cell phone, you travel 176 feet. That’s half the length of a football field. (Source: National Driving Statistics)
  • In 2002, the motor vehicle death rate for male occupants age 16 to 19 was nearly twice that of their female counterparts. (Source: CDC, 2004)
  • One out of every five licensed 16 year old drivers will be in a vehicle crash. (Source: IIHS)