Teens 8 Times More Likely To Crash In First Few Months After Getting Driver’s License

Keys to the car in one hand. Brand new driver’s license in the other. Time to celebrate, right? Not so fast! Parents be warned: Teen drivers are eight timesmore likely to be in an accident or near-miss in the first three months after getting a driver’s license versus their final days with a learner’s permit, according to a new federal study.

In this early solo period, teens are also four times more likely to experiment with risky behaviors — jack-rabbit starts, sudden braking and hard turns — than they were while driving those last three months on a learner’s permit with an experienced driver present.