Summer break is just a few weeks away, and teenagers with provisional Class A, B, or C driver licenses will hit the streets to enjoy the freedom of summertime.
Unfortunately, this can pose a threat to maintaining safe Texas roadways for all drivers, and to avoid the risk of personal injury. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.” The CDC goes on to cite another comprehensive study, concluding, “…per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.”
Other national studies highlight teens’ higher rate of accidents from distracted driving than the average adult driver. Beyond distracted driving, the biggest threat to teen highway safety is actually driving between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. [Read more…]