If you are a parent of a teen driver in Jasper, Alabama, having your child go through the state’s graduated driver license program may help you to feel more secure about his or her safety behind the wheel. At the Sapp Law Firm, we understand that these programs are beneficial because young drivers are particularly susceptible to collisions. Even if a teen is not being a reckless driver, inexperience makes extra concentration necessary and raises the risk of a crash when there are minor distractions that would not affect an older driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, younger teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than more experienced drivers. The Alabama graduated driver license program does require most 16-year-olds to have a restricted driver license, and if your child is a new 17-year-old driver, he or she must also have a restricted license for six months. However, after this period, anyone is free to have a regular license. An 18-year-old would immediately qualify for an unrestricted license, regardless of experience, as long as the written and road skills exams are passed.
A study by the American Automobile Association indicates that those who are at highest risk of an injury accident are 18-year-old drivers who have had their licenses for less than a year. This research indicates that your child is more likely to be a better driver if you encourage him or her to get the restricted license available at the younger age rather than waiting until the age of 18 to become a driver. Our page on driver safety can provide you with more information about preventing motor vehicle accidents.