Evaluation of Changes in Teenage Driver Exposure — an Update

This bulletin updates a 2013 analysis of teen driver exposure. By looking at licensing age requirements, census population estimates, and unemployment rates, the 2013 analysis found that the number of teenagers getting drivers licenses had declined. It was hypothesized based on the data that economic factors played a major role in the level of licensed or insured teens. In this update, data from calendar years 2013 and 2014 are added to the previous study. From 2012 to 2014 the unemployment rate for teenagers and prime-age adults declined. During this decline the teen-to-prime-age insurance exposure ratio rose. This validates the previous analysis and establishes that as their economic situation improves, driver licensure rates/the level of insured teens will increase. The authors warn that if rising teen exposure continues this could result in more teen crashes and fatalities as more teens are on the road.


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  • Accession Number: 01610854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2016 12:08PM