When it comes to teens behind the wheel, there are many factors that contribute to them getting into accidents. Driving with friends in the car, focusing on the radio, and cell phone use all immediately come to mind. But there’s another factor that might be less thought about—fatigue. When any driver is tired behind the wheel, they could be putting themselves and others on the road at risk.
Teens, one of the populations who needs the most sleep because they are still growing and developing, can also fall victim to fatigue that affects their driving abilities. This can lead to them getting into collisions with fixed objects or other drivers. Let’s take a deeper look into how later school start times could reduce teen car accidents and the dangers of fatigued driving.