Driving isn’t a right. It’s a privilege licensed by the state. Pass the tests and drive safely? Keep the privilege. Crash, break laws or do other unsafe things behind the wheel? Lose your license.
Don’t Pressure Your Parents for a Car
Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people, and teens who have a vehicle reserved for their use are twice as likely to have a crash as teens who share a car with family members. So focus on learning to drive well now and talk with your parents about getting your own vehicle after you’ve gotten more experience.
Keep Working With Your Parents
Recent studies show that teens are more successful drivers — with fewer tickets and less dangerous driving — when their parents are involved for at least the first year of the learning-to-drive process. So keep practicing together, follow your parent-teen driving agreement rules and talk to your parents.
It May Take Longer Than You Expect
It takes about five years to reach the skill levels of most drivers. Passing your driving test doesn’t mean you have gained all the skills you need for safe driving. And overconfidence can put you at higher risk for a crash, too.