Are Teen Drivers Less Dangerous Or Just Driving Less? 

Teens aren’t generally known to be the safest drivers, but recent statistics seems to show they’re either improving their driving skills or are driving less. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in 1978 there were nearly 10,000 teenage drivers killed, but that the number has dropped each year, and in 2014 it was down to just 2,600 deaths. So what’s behind this drop? Some say it’s all down to money. The recession hit teens hard, and many can’t afford the costs of a car. Additionally the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says, “The majority of American teens today delay getting a driver’s license.” It’s also thought that a well-intentioned multi-state governmental program could be partially responsible for the lack of teen drivers. The graduated driver’s license (GDL) program adopted by every state allows teens to be on the road sooner, but sets limitations, such as no driving at night. Triple “A” warns that teens who opt out of learning to drive at 16 because of GDL and just wait until age 18 to get a regular license will lack training they would have received if they had started driving earlier. (CBS