Reducing the Risks of Teen Drivers

by Terry Bryant

Teen Driver Safety

Are Teen Drivers Safe?

Your child’s ability to get a driver license is often bittersweet. Sure, it cuts out a parent’s carpooling duties, but it also increases a parent’s worries about their child’s safety behind the wheel.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires anyone under the age of 25 to complete a driver education course prior to obtaining a driver license.

Teen drivers, under the age of 18, are also required to adhere to the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program. Phase One allows a learner license, which must be held for a minimum of six months, upon reaching the age of 16. Phase Two allows a provisional license that limits the number of passengers and restricts the hours during which a teen is allowed to drive, subject to work and school-related exceptions.

In addition to the GDL Program, teen drivers are also prohibited from using wireless and hands-free communication devices. Together, these heightened restrictions keep teen drivers focused on the road and allow minimal distractions.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.