Teenagers Can’t Drive – Teen Driving Laws Every State Should Adopt - Toyota Parts Blog

We hate to say it, but your teenager is probably a terrible driver. Drivers ages 16 to 19 have the highest annual accident and traffic ticket rates, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

If we want to improve teen driving, here are some laws that every state should adopt.

  • No Unsupervised Night Driving – Teenagers are more likely to get into accidents during the evening hours. This is because night-time driving is a difficult task, especially for newly licensed drivers. 
  • No Passengers Under 21 – According to the New York Department of Health, a single teenage passenger significantly increases the chances of a traffic accident. Some states have already adopted this law. Others should follow suit. 
  • No Cell Phone Use – This should go for everyone. Texting, talking on the phone and using smartphone apps while driving is just plain dumb. In the perfect world, people texting while driving would get their driving and cell phone privileges revoked. 
  • Increase Supervised Driving – States require teenagers to get so many hours of driving instruction before being licensed. Increasing the supervised driving hours will provide teenagers with more practice before they hit the road on their own.

These are just a few laws that every state should adopt to improve the safety of teenage drivers. What do you think? Please leave your comments below.

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Written by Tom Blackman