One of the best days of a teenager’s life is when they are finally old enough to get a driver’s license. However, this could also be one of the worst days of a parent’s life. Understandably, allowing your teen to get behind a steering wheel can be a stressful experience. The reality is that those concerns shared by millions of parents are justified. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
The good news
Although statistics regarding teen driver accidents are still alarmingly high, the numbers over the years have shown a slight decrease. This was seen between 2002 and 2011, where teen driving accidents fell from 3,838 to 1,987. According to the NHTSA, this was an over 50% drop.
What parents can do to make safer teen drivers
The NHTSA has offered several suggestions that may reduce the chances of a teen driver being involved in an accident. For starters, parents should enroll their teens into a graduated driver licensing program. These programs offer three stages that help teens understand the rules of the road as well as hands-on instruction from an expert. The program’s goal is to provide young drivers with the experience they would not have received until after months of driving alone.
GDL program success
According to AAA, the GDL program has seen incredible success since its implementation. In fact, some states have reported a 34% decrease in accidents involving 16-year old drivers. In terms of fatalities, the numbers have also seen a sharp drop of 19% in some regions.
Although the car accident rates involving teens have dropped over the years, it does not mean it’s still not an issue. If you find yourself involved in an auto accident caused by a reckless or inexperienced driver, an attorney could help you file a personal injury claim.