Drop in Teen Driving Tracks with Teen Unemployment

This article discusses the findings of a new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI) that considers recent drops in teenage driving. The HDLI study uses insurance data to analyze the levels of teenage driving. HDLI analysts found that from 2006 to 2012, the number of rated drivers aged 14-19 years old declined 12% (while the actual population of this age only fell 3%). Another study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), estimated that the proportion of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell from 85% in 1996 to 73% in 2010. The HDLI study went on to look at unemployment rates and plotted those on a graph showing the ratio of teenage drivers to prime-age drivers and unemployment spread. The author hypothesizes that young people today may want to drive just as much as they did a generation ago, but they simply cannot afford to do so. Readers are advised to email publications@iihs.org for the full report.


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  • Created Date: Apr 28 2014 5:57PM