WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in partnership with US-based industry associations has created a Teens & Trucks program to educate teenaged drivers on how to safely share the road with trucks.
The CVSA noted that teenagers account for just 6% if licensed drivers in the US, yet are involved in 12% of traffic fatalities.
“While truck and bus drivers do contribute to some traffic crashes, research shows that too many drivers of passenger cars, especially young people ages 16 to 24 years old, unnecessarily endanger themselves and others by failing to recognize that large CMVs and cars differ in their handling characteristics,” said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s interim executive director. “As a result of these unsafe actions, behaviours of the passenger vehicle driver are the critical reason behind most traffic crashes involving large CMVs and passenger vehicles.”
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