Study blames unemployment rate for fewer teen drivers

(WXYZ) - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety believes fewer teens are getting their driver's licenses because they don't have the income to support the cost of operating a car.

Researchers studied insurance data from 2006 to 2012 and found the number of teen drivers dropped by about 12 percent. They also found teen unemployment rose by about the same amount (11 percent) during the same period.

Researchers believe the numbers are linked; as teen unemployment rises, the number of teen drivers declines.

According to AAA, the average cost of operating a car also increased by more than $1,000 during the same period, from about $7,800 per year to more than $8,900 per year.

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