CVSA’s 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 and 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. Truck drivers do contribute to some traffic crashes; however, research shows that nearly 70% of traffic crashes involving large trucks and cars are the fault of the car driver.
While there is no substitute for 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.
The Teens and Trucks training program was created by CVSA 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 motpr vehicles.