Teen Driving Information and stuff for new teen drivers

Teen Driving Information and stuff for new teen drivers

Statistics you should know...

  • 14% of all deaths due to motor vehicle accidents are a teen driver.
  • Most teen driver deaths due to motor vehicle accidents occur on weekends 53% of the time.
  • Teen drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents had a youth passenger in automobile 45% of the time. More facts below.
  • Of teen drivers fatally injured in automobiles, more than 1/3 were speed related accidents.
  • Teen driver lifestyle of staying up late make teen drivers a high risk to have an automobile accident due to drowsiness.
  • More than any age group, teens are likely to be involved in a single vehicle crash.
  • On the basis of current population trends, there will be 23% more 16-20- year-old drivers on the road in 2010 than there are today -- 26.1 million.
  • This age group makes up 7% of licensed drivers, but suffers 14% of fatalities and 20% of all reported accidents.
  • The 16-year-old population alone will increase from 3.5 million to over 4 million by 2010.

GDL -- Graduated Driver License Stuff...

Keep in mind that GDL programs differ from state to state. In general, their features are similar. Most Graduated Driver License programs have the following characteristics.

While you have a Learner's Permit, a GDL program will generally require:

  1. That an adult with a valid driver's license be present when teen is driving.
  2. Requires a teen driver to enroll in a certified Driver's Education and Training Course.
  3. Teen must hold a Learner's Permit at least 3 to 6 months before taking test for an Operator's Driving License.

During the first 3-6 months after obtaining an Operator?s driving license, a new teen driver will probably have do the following:

  1. 16 and 17-year-old teenagers must be accompanied by an adult with a valid driver?s license when driving at night. (A normal exception to the rule is a teen driving to work).
  2. In some states, teenagers cannot transport teen passengers in an automobile without an adult present the first 6 months after obtaining an Operator's Driving License.

Teen driver runs the risk of losing his/her license for the following violations or a combination of the following:

  1. Driving under the influence of alcohol with a Blood Alcohol Count (BAC) that exceeds .02%.
  2. Commit speeding or moving violations. For example, improper lane changing or reckless driving.
  3. Driving during restricted hours or driving without a safety belt.



I have questions, I'm trying to find out if age 16 ifs to young to get a permit/ Should it be moved up to age 18, because of so many younger teenagers being and having or causing accidents?
Please help, I'm a college student and doing a research paper. Thanks, Rachel

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