WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The number of teens getting their driver's licenses is at an all time low. According to a new AAA study, only 44 percent of teenagers get their permits within a year of the minimum age requirement. Twenty years ago, two-thirds of teens got their licenses before they turned 18.
Expenses associated with driving and access to alternative transportation are two of the most common reasons why teens don't feel pressure to get a permit.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted the study and experts say young drivers are missing an opportunity to get much-needed road experience by delaying driving.