Teenagers are notorious for not wanting to get up and go to school in the morning, but it could be more than just a fight with mom and dad. Early morning driving is actually more dangerous for teens, who have been shown to crash more often when their schools start earlier in the day.
One study looked at a pair of school that started at different times. The first began at 7:20 in the morning, and the second did not start classes until 8:40, over an hour after the first.
At the early school, there were 65.4 documented car accidents per every 1,000 teen drivers. At the late school, though, the numbers feel drastically, and there were only 46.2 accidents for every 1,000 teen drivers.
Some parents have also expressed concerns about teens simply being too tired. It’s not just that they don’t want to get up, but that they are growing and may need nine hours of sleep or more. If they’re only getting six or seven, it’s just not enough.
One parents said that her daughter was just too busy to get enough sleep. She went to a school that started at 7:20, and it meant she had to wake up by 6:00 so that she could get dressed, eat breakfast, get ready and travel to the school. She was then at school all day and at her after-school activities into the evening. When combined with homework and other obligations, the earliest she could get into bed was 10:00 on a good day, for a max of eight hours of sleep if nothing else came up.
Have you been injured by a teen driver early in the morning, when the risk is highest? You may be able to seek compensation.
Source: Discovery, “Teen Car Accidents Linked to Early School Start Time,” accessed May. 29, 2015