The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided statistics regarding death amongst teenagers. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents lead the way. Teen Drivers (2013). Retrieved from http://www.nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers
Prevent Teen Traffic Deaths (2013). Retrieved from http://www.iowadot.gov/prevent_teen_traffic_deaths/
Driver Services (2013). Retrieved from http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/gdl.htm
Leading Causes of Death Amongst
Teen Traffic Deaths in Iowa
According to the Iowa Department of
Transportation, 41.4% of all deaths in
the 15-19 age group are by car
collisions. Driving or riding in a motor
vehicle is the most dangerous activity a
teenager can do.
Iowa Driver’s Education
Thirty classroom hours
Six hours behind the wheel or simulator
Can a teenager truly learn to drive a car
in three days?
Possible Causes of Car
• Driver’s Education
• Low test scores
• Not enough class time
• Not enough practice
• Young age
• Lack of knowledge
• Cell phones
Possible Solutions to
• Require higher test scores to pass
• Require additional practice time in
driver’s education classes
• Limit the number of passengers allowed
in the car with teenage drivers
• Ban cell phone usage completely
• Limit weekend and night time driving
As stated in an earlier slide, only 36 hours of class time and a
passing grade is required to receive a drivers license. By
doubling the class time and raising the required passing
grade, teenagers will gain additional experience and
knowledge necessary to be a safer driver. Though teenagers
may not appreciate the extra studying hours, each parent will
be much more content allowing their teenager on the road
with no super vision.
Cost and Funding
The cost for driver’s education depends on the
location and city.
By raising the costs only a few dollars per
student, the teachers will be able to provide
assistance for additional time in the classroom.
Companies such as StreetSmarts and DriveTek
follow the 36 hour required time for their classes.
By raising their price a small amount, they too
could teach additional information that could help
keep teenagers safe.
More classroom time and higher test
score requirements may help prevent
car accidents amongst teenagers.
Be confident when handing your
teenager the car keys and jump on
board. More class. Better scores. Safer