Follow the speed limits and limit on the number of friends you ride with.
More than half of teenage drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents were speeding at the time of the incident. Teens are more likely than older drivers to allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next), according to CDC.gov. It’s especially dangerous to new drivers who just don’t have the experience to process on-the-road emergencies.
Crash risks increase when teens drive with other teens in the car: Half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related. According to NHTSA, teens are 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenaged passengers, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the risk of fatal crashes increases with each additional passenger.