Becoming a licensed driver is a rite of passage, symbolizing newfound freedom and independence. However, it’s essential to recognize that novice drivers, especially teenagers in their first two years of driving, face unique risks on the road. Understanding these risks is crucial for promoting safer driving habits, reducing accidents, and ensuring your safety behind the wheel.

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Novice Driver Risks: Why
Behind-the-Wheel Training Matters


Becoming a licensed driver is a rite of passage, symbolizing newfound freedom and independence. However, it’s essential to recognize that novice drivers, especially teenagers in their first two years of driving, face unique risks on the road. Understanding these risks is crucial for promoting safer driving habits, reducing accidents, and ensuring your safety behind the wheel. In this article, we’ll delve into the disparities between novice and experienced drivers based on data from reputable sources like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as of 2021. Discover why enrolling in a certified driving school, such as MyDrive Academy, for behind-the-wheel training can significantly improve your safety on the road and help you avoid accidents.

Novice Teen Drivers (First 2 Years)

  • High Crash Rate: Car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among teenagers. Novice teen drivers, those in their first two years of driving, face a crash rate nearly four times higher than that of drivers aged 20 and older per mile driven.
  • Fatal Crashes: The statistics are grim – the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-17-year-olds is approximately three times the rate for drivers aged 20 and older. These devastating outcomes underscore the importance of addressing novice driver risks and investing in proper training.
  • Critical Errors: Research findings indicate that novice teen drivers frequently make critical decision errors leading to serious crashes. These errors may include turning left in front of oncoming traffic, misjudging gaps in traffic, or failing to adequately scan for hazards. These behaviors emphasize the need for targeted driver education and training during the early years of driving.

Experienced Adult Drivers

  • Lower Crash Rates: While accidents can happen to anyone, experienced adult drivers enjoy significantly lower crash rates per mile driven compared to novice teen drivers. Their reduced fatal crash rate is attributed in part to their improved decision-making skills, risk assessment abilities, and vehicle control developed over time.
  • Better Hazard Recognition: Experience provides a unique advantage when it comes to recognizing hazards on the road. Seasoned drivers are more adept at identifying potential dangers based on patterns they’ve encountered over the years, allowing for quicker and more appropriate responses.
  • Less Risk-Taking: Older drivers, particularly those beyond their mid-20s, generally engage in fewer risky behaviors such as speeding, driving under the influence, or neglecting seat belts. This age-related reduction in risk-taking contributes to overall safer driving.

Other Observations

  • Peer Passengers: Novice teen drivers face an increased risk of crashing with each additional peer passenger in the vehicle. This phenomenon is not as pronounced in older age groups, highlighting the need for restrictions on peer passengers during the early stages of driving.
  • Night Driving: Novice teen drivers are more susceptible to crashes at night compared to experienced drivers. Although this risk decreases with experience, night driving remains more perilous than daytime driving for all age groups, emphasizing the importance of caution and additional training in low-light conditions.


The disparities in risks between novice and experienced drivers are significant and demand our attention. Novice teen drivers, especially those in their first two years, face elevated crash rates, critical errors, and higher fatality rates. To bridge this gap and enhance your safety on the road, comprehensive driver education, training, and parental involvement are essential.

Enrolling in a certified driving school like MyDrive Academy can provide you with invaluable behind-the-wheel training. This hands-on experience equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the road safely, make informed decisions, and reduce the risks associated with novice driving. By investing in proper training, you not only improve your safety on the road but also significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents.

To improve road safety and protect yourself as a novice driver, consider enrolling in a certified driving school. With proper training, you can confidently face the challenges of the road, ensuring a safer and more secure driving experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Our courses have been designed to meet each student where they are in the process of learning to drive, and our test-prep courses have ensured that students can pass their permit and road tests with confidence and ease.

MyDA’s highly trained, state-licensed instructors are used to accommodating students who have apprehensions about driving a car. Lessons are conducted at a pace that best fits a student’s needs, and will only move forward to more advanced skills when the student feels comfortable.

Our permit-test preparation course has helped thousands of driving students pass the permit exam. At the end of the two-hour course, students take practice tests similar to the real exam to reinforce the knowledge gained during the class. 

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MyDA has a variety of lesson packages available to fit the needs and capabilities of every beginning and intermediate driver. You can look over our available classes here or call our operators at (630) 760-2255 for specific advice. 

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It is strongly recommended that anyone who needs to visit a Secretary of State facility should make an appointment in advance at the SOS’s scheduling site. Permit-test or road-test appointments should be scheduled with time to spare. 

The Secretary of State’s Facility Finder lists all SOS-location addresses in Illinois, along with their hours of operation, phone numbers, and other useful information.

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