Many teenagers are driving to school, the mall, and their friends homes all around Indiana, and many of them are doing so without even having attended a drivers’ education program. More teenagers are simply choosing to skip driver’s ed altogether and there are some good reasons. For instance, what was once a program offered by the schools during the summer at reduced rates is now run by private companies at elevated costs, making it expensive and time consuming to attend the training. While understandable, this trend is extremely disturbing because statistics indicate that the risk of being involved in an accident is much higher for teenagers who choose to skip this critical phase of their driving life.
A new study by the AAA Foundation found that there were several critical differences between teenagers who choose to undertake a driver’s education program before getting a full license, and those who choose to skip this part of the process. The study found that those who undertook the driver’s education program had a lower risk of accidents as well as traffic convictions. Teenagers who choose to skip driver’s ed were involved in a higher number of car accidents as well as receiving more traffic citations, compared to those who undertook program. Overall, taking a driver’s ed program helped reduce the risk of accidents by more than 4%, and the risk of traffic convictions by nearly 40%.
If you are the parent of a child, you must make sure that your teen attends a driver’s education program, provided by a company that is licensed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The program provides a teenager critical driving skills that will stay with him or her for the rest of their life. In addition, the training will provide a valuable education about a number of other safety practices to keep the teen driver safe.
Teenagers who undergo driver’s education will learn why they need to wear their seat belts at all times, the risks of driving while under the influence of alcohol, and the need to switch off all cell phones and electronic devices while driving. They also learn how to respect other drivers and how to cooperate with other motorists. Overall, driver’s education provides a more solid foundation on which a teenager can begin a driving career.
Ensuring that your teenager follows all of the restrictions under the graduated driver’s licensing program in Indiana is essential. Specifically, for the first 180 days after a person receives a license, they are not allowed to drive between 10 PM and 5 AM. During this time, they are also not allowed to drive with passengers unless accompanied in the car by a certified driver education instructor or a person with a valid license above the age of 25. These rules are in place to ensure that inexperienced teen drivers are not exposed to the kind of accident hazards that often accompany these situations.
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident, you may be eligible for compensation for damages suffered, lost wages, and medical bills. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced Indiana car accident attorney about how you can begin the process of filing a claim for compensation.