Keys2Drive The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Do You Need a Car Now?

Do You Need a Car Now?

Want to get your own car? It might not be time yet. Research shows teens are two to three times more likely to be involved in a crash than adult drivers. Teens who have their own cars drive more, crash more and get hurt more than teens who share a car with family members.

Many experts recommend you wait until you’ve been licensed for at least six months before getting a car. AAA encourages you to wait before getting a vehicle so you can gauge three key factors:
  • Readiness: Have you consistently demonstrated safe, responsible driving behavior?
  • Finances: Can you afford your share of the cost of a car, insurance, gas and maintenance?
  • Involvement: Are you ready to buy and maintain a vehicle? There’s a lot involved in vehicle ownership — just ask your parents.

Additional resources:

  • AAA StartSmart – A series of newsletters that address the challenges teens face when learning to drive.
  • Becoming a New Driver – Designed for teens, this brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe driver.
  • Your Driving Costs – How much are you really paying to drive?