Many teenagers now choose to forgo driver’s education programs altogether. That may be a serious mistake, because teenagers who do not undergo a driver’s education program are at a much higher risk of being involved in an accident.
A study by the AAA Foundation found that teenagers who skipped driver's education programs were involved in more accidents, and were also likely to receive more numbers of traffic convictions, compared to teenagers who participated in driver’s education programs. According to the AAA Foundation study, children and teenagers who underwent a driver’s education program, had a much lower risk of being involved in accidents as well as traffic convictions. The rate of accidents dropped by 4.3%, and the rate of traffic convictions dropped by nearly 40%.
The driver’s education program made for a much more aware, informed and knowledgeable driver, and that could be seen in the lower rate of accidents and convictions involving teenagers who had undergone a driver education program.
In many states including California, San Jose car accident lawyers have noticed markedly reduced state funding for driver’s education programs, and that has affected the quality of these programs. For instance, the AAA Foundation recommends that driving education programs be enhanced to attract more teenage drivers. These modules must require continuing education for instructors, and must require schools and private driving schools to maintain standards. The AAA Foundation also recommends that these programs adopt the graduated driver licensing system in their programs.
Part of the problem also seems to be that requirements for driver education programs have dropped over the years, which means a large population of teenage drivers are driving with little access to formal driving training. That is very bad news for a category of drivers that is already at a much higher risk of accidents in the first place.