AAA Teen Driver Safety Research

Recognized as a leader in traffic safety, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety identifies traffic safety problems, fosters research that seeks solutions, and educates the public. The Foundation has funded over 250 research projects on a variety of issues, including teen drivers. This research is designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, determine ways to prevent them and minimize injuries when they do occur.

Recent notable teen driver research:


A teenager texting on her phone and looking away from the road where she is about to hit a truck with a woman in the drivers seat.

Everybody’s At Risk: Teen Driver Crashes
Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel.




Teen drives car while distracted by text messaging on cell phone

Distraction and Teen Crashes: Unprecedented Look into the Causes of Teen Crashes
Distracted driving amongst teens is a much greater problem than previously thought, with passengers and cell phones being the most common forms of distraction.