Recent studies have shown there has been a sharp decline in fatal crashes among teen drivers since 2004.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the sharp decline in fatal crashes which researcher and parents alike hope will continuously decrease.
Many aspects contribute to the decline in fatal crashes among teen drivers.
One of the most significant factors is that graduated licensing programs which limits teens from driving at night or restricting teenage passengers from riding in the vehicles.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC), the increasing aid in graduated licensing programs has allowed the numbers of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes to decrease by 55% from a total of 2,568 in 2013 compared to a total of 5,724 in 2004.
CDC has presented that the weak economy is also a contributing factor for teens since their families may not want to purchase a new car or any other expenses such as gas or if there are mechanical issues.
Families around the U.S. are all affected by the weak economy, some more than others, which disallows parents to be able to pay for any car-related payments for their teens, so teens will have to wait until they 18 years of age to begin driving.
However, studies have also showed that when teens begin driving when they are 18, their maturity levels are higher than when they are 16.
Along with the fact that teens are now waiting until they are 18 to begin driving, high schools have eliminated driver’s ed classes from their school programs.
So teen driver’s or their parents would have to pay out of pocket expenses for driver’s ed programs outside of school which then goes back to the weak economy.
Another contributing factor along with the weak economy and better graduated licensing programs are that automobile companies are building safer vehicles with better safety features. Some features include alerts if the car is driving out of the lines as well as automatic breaking.
These features help decrease the number of accidents that can occur, aiding to the decrease in fatal crashes among teen drivers.
Observations show that lower-income families spend less on car-related expenses which means teens must wait to begin driving. Less teens on the road conclude to less fatal crashes. The sharp decline in fatal crashes among teen drivers is impressive and hopeful for parents and teens alike and hopefully this is a positive achievement that can continue decline in the years to come.