Getting Ready

Your teen started learning about driving long before you began thinking about learner’s permits, driving classes and teenage driving tips. Children watch their parents’ driving behavior from the back seat, learning how they interact with other drivers, obey traffic laws and avoid distractions.

Now that it’s time to begin more formal driver training, AAA can help you choose the right driving school, talk to your teen about proper driving practices, set family rules about safe driving and offer more tips to help your child become a safe teen driver.

AAA simplifies the driving education process for parents of new and future teen drivers. Read on for the information you need as you get ready for your teen to start driving.

Understanding the Facts & Risks” explains why teens crash—it’s not just from distracted driving or drunk driving. “Licensing Process” walks you through California’s system for getting a driver’s license. “Insurance” details insurance requirements as the teen driving process begins, and the news is probably better than you expect. “Driver Education” helps you understand your state’s specific driver ed requirements and pick the right driving school for your teen. “Key Points for Parents” boils everything down to the simple things that you should be doing now to instill safe driving practices. You and your teen are partners in this process, and “Teen’s Role” lays out some of your teen’s responsibilities.

You have an ally in AAA as you embark on the road to safe driving. As you and your teen begin this shared journey, be sure to check out AAA’s free, online Dare to Prepare program, too.