The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued some guidelines about teenage driving. Teen drivers have a higher rate of crashes than drivers of any other age group as teen drivers lack the experience and ability to perform many of the complex tasks associated with driving. Teens, particularly males, are more likely to succumb to peer pressure, overestimate their abilities and have emotional mood swings, leading to crashes.
The chance of a teen driver being involved in a car crash is directly proportional to the number of teenage passengers being transported. Alcohol and drug use increases the risks. Teenage drivers drive after using drug and alcohol less often than older drivers, but experience twice as many alcohol and drug related crashes.