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A Look at the State of Driver Education In America

Last updated 5 years ago

When it comes to developing safe driving methods, there is no substitute for a good driving school education. As a means to evaluate the current status of driver education, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a comprehensive nationwide study this year. Here’s a quick look at what they found out:

Mortality Rates Are Much Higher Among Teen Drivers

The need for better driver education is made readily apparent by the high driving fatality rates among teen drivers. According to the NHTSA, teens between the ages of 15 to 18 account for eight percent of all traffic fatalities. While researchers found no connection between fatalities and driver education programs, driving schools are still the primary means by which most teen drivers learn safe driving skills.

There’s No Universal Standard for Driver Training

Driver’s education is regulated by a hodgepodge of individual state driving laws. Just under half of all states require drivers’ education for drivers under the age of 18, and a mere 12 states had any sort of curriculum requirements. In states that do require driving school training, the amount of class time required varies significantly, from a low of eight hours to a high of 56.

More Comprehensive Driver Education Would Help

Researchers concluded that while it’s unrealistic for drivers’ education programs alone to reduce teen crash rates, a more in-depth education regimen could nonetheless help. An expert panel recommended driving training from a much earlier age onward. Grade school students could learn basic vehicle safety, teens could undergo preparatory driving education, and older teens could enter a graduated licensing system. Implemented nationally, the study concluded, these standards could make teens much safer drivers.

When it comes to getting your teen ready for the road, only the best driver training will do. As the nation’s largest driving school, Top Driver sets the standard for contemporary driver training. Call us at (888) 471-5418 for enrollment information.


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