Teens are the least likely to use a seatbelt out of any age group, according to Erie Insurance, and not wearing a belt was found to be the main cause of teen car crash deaths. Besides buckling up, Erie recommends putting away the phone, food or any distractions when behind the wheel. Limiting the number of passengers in a teen's car boosts safety odds: Teens are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash with other passengers in the car than without, according to Erie Insurance. And of course, don't drink and drive. According to the CDC, Americans between the ages of 16 to 20 are 32 times more likely to die in a single-car crash and 13 times more likely to be in a car crash where the driver lives but a passenger dies if their blood alcohol level is over 0.08, the legal limit in most states.
Erie Insurance has a complete list of state rankings for teen drivers.
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