Teen Driving

Teen Driving

Fortunately, many teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

What factors put teen drivers at risk?

  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and to follow other vehicles too closely. The presence of male teenage passengers increases the likelihood of this risky driving behavior.

Preventing Teen Driving Deaths and Injuries

There are proven methods to helping teens become safer drivers. Graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs in certain states are designed to delay full licensure while allowing teens to get their initial driving experience under low-risk conditions.

When parents know their state’s GDL laws, they can help enforce them and, in effect, help keep their teen drivers safe.

Learn more about Florida’s requirements for teen drivers.

More Resources on Teen Driving

St. Joseph’s Contact Information

For more information about teen driving safety and other programs at St. Joseph’s Children’s Advocacy Center, please call (813) 615-0589 or visit us at 1401A East Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33612.