Report: Driver's education programs gaining ground

A new generation of drivers may be able to get a leg up on learning safe driving habits that will help them hold down their auto insurance rates in the future.

A new generation of drivers may be able to get a leg up on learning safe driving habits that will help them hold down their auto insurance rates in the future.

An article in USA Today notes that drivers education is becoming more common in public schools after largely shrinking over the past generation. The report quotes Peter Kissinger of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety as saying that "we're on the cusp of a renaissance of driver's education here in this country."

The report notes that driver's education is currently offered in about 15 percent of high schools, compared to 95 percent in the 1970s.

The newspaper also cited statistics which found that some parents who lost their children to automobile accidents are working to increase driver's education programs, and that the federal government is also warming up to more driver's education programs.

If this trend continues to grow, states may also consider adopting a law similar to a new one in Texas where driver's education programs are rated based on the first-year safety records of the new drivers they graduate.

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Posted: September 30, 2009

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