3 Most Common Errors that Lead to Teen Drivers’ Crashes

Posted May 5, 2011 Company News

Did you know that teen drivers are four times more likely to be in a fatal car crash than an adult? This chilling statistic was published by the journal, Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Researchers set out to find the real reason behind this statistic, and they were able to conclude that out of the 800+ teen crashes they had analyzed, three out of every four were due to a few “critical errors” made by the teen driver. Those critical errors are:

  1. Lack of scanning to detect and respond to hazards
  2. Going too fast for road conditions
  3. Being distracted by something inside or outside of the car

The study dismissed the belief that the majority of teen crashes were due to aggressive or thrill-seeking driving, weather conditions, car trouble, or physical impairment. If you would like to read the full article written by Insurance Journal, “3 Most Common Errors that Lead to Teen Drivers’ Crashes,” please visit their website here.


HBI would like to help you get your teen headed down the right road. If you have a teen driver and are looking for a way to create a checklist, or agreement, of violations and their assigned consequences, please download our very useful checklist, “Parent/Teen Driving Agreement.”

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