Our educational campaign for educating youth drivers is Operation Safe Driver’s “Teens and Trucks” program. Through this program, students are educated about ways to safely share the road with large trucks and buses, the different characteristics of a commercial motor vehicle compared to a car, as well as the dangers of distracted driving.
Whether you are currently attending driving school or already have your license, you are at the beginning of a lifelong education in driving safety. You already know there is a lot more to driving than sitting behind the wheel and turning the key. As a youth driver, you are much more likely to be involved in crashes than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes is the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.
While there is no substitute for actual on-the-road driving experience, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a statistic. This is especially true when it comes to driving around large trucks and buses, so it is important to understand the differences in their handling characteristics compared to cars.
Truck drivers do contribute to some traffic crashes; however, research shows that drivers of cars, especially young people ages 17 to 24 years old, unnecessarily endanger themselves by failing to recognize that trucks and cars differ in their handling characteristics. As a result, nearly 70 percent of traffic crashes involving large trucks and cars are the fault of the car driver.
The Teens and Trucks training program was created by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in collaboration with the Arizona Trucking Association, Arizona Department of Public Safety and American Trucking Associations. Together these partners developed a successful program to help educate teens about safe driving practices around commercial vehicles.