Since the recession, many teens say they can’t afford a car or the gas to drive it, leading to fewer licensed teen drivers.
The study raises concerns that teenagers who wait longer to get their license may be less-experienced.
In Kentucky, drivers who are younger than 18 must have a permit for 6 months, then an intermediate license for 6 months before they can apply for a full license.
If a teen starts the process of getting a license after they turn 18, they can skip the required 60 hours of driving, their intermediate license, and a driver safety course.
Kentucky State Police say the more experience a driver has in the classroom and behind the wheel, the better.