Drivers' Education Found to Reduce Crash Rate for Teen Drivers

Nothing is more exciting for many teens in Anderson than getting their driver’s license. While young drivers enjoy the independence that comes from hitting the road solo, many parents worry about their child’s safety and rightfully so. One way to make sure new drivers are safe drivers is to make sure that they receive the proper education before getting behind the wheel.

According to Autoblog, one study found that driver’s education courses are an effective way keep teen drivers safer. Considering the fact that the largest number of unintentional deaths of young people are caused by car accidents, this is crucial. The study found that the rate of crashes involving teen drivers is reduced by 4.3 percent when drivers’ education is implemented.

However, as WMC Action News 5 points out, there is no federal requirement for schools to provide drivers’ education. While many school choose to provide the classes or contract with private driving schools, others do not. Some states have opted to make it a requirement. However, currently, Tennessee does not require drivers’ education.

Some view this is problematic, as crashes involving teens are becoming more commonplace. In fact, of total motor vehicle accident injury costs each year, $10 billion can be attributed to teen drivers. In addition, distracted driving is also on the rise and is a factor in many crashes involving young drivers. Perhaps learning more about the risks associated with not paying attention while driving in a drivers’ education class could help prevent some teens from taking part in risky behavior.

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