According to the AAA Foundation, teens are 50 percent more likely to have an accident in their first month of driving than they are after a full year of driving on their own.
The foundation says that a majority of the crashes that occur during a teen’s first month on the road can be attributed to three common factors: failure to yield, failure to reduce speed and inattention.
Texas has a graduated licensing process in an effort to ease teens into the full driving experience:
Learner License – at age 15, a teen can apply for a learner’s license after completing the Impact Texas Teen Driver requirements and a teen driver education course, passing written, hearing and vision tests, and obtaining a signed parental consent form. They must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 whenever they are driving, and cannot practice driving at night for the first three months.
Provisional License – at age 16, teens with a Learner’s License who have not had any traffic violations and have completed the Impact Texas Teen Drivers course and a driver education course as well as a driver’s test, may apply for a Provisional License. Teens may not driver with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member, and driving is restricted between midnight and 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from work. Teen drivers are also restricted from using a wireless communication device until the age of 18, except in case of an emergency.
Full License – at age 18, teens may apply for an unrestricted license.
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