Traffic Accidents

Driving while young adult

Driving while young adult

When 16- and 17-year-olds get their first driver’s license, it comes with strings attached: For one year, they can’t drive unaccompanied at night or with passengers under 20 years old. The idea is to let them gain experience on the road while keeping them — and everyone else — as safe as possible.

This cautious approach seems to have made a difference. As provisional driver license programs for minors have swept the nation over the last 20 years, fewer teens have died in car accidents. Hooray!

Of course, there could be many reasons for the decline, given that the rate of deadly car accidents start dropping for drivers of all ages long...