Before You Start to Drive
How Can You Prepare to Drive?
Do Your Homework
- Learn about California’s licensing process, which has special rules for teens. Designed to gradually develop teen driving skills, the program could take a year or more to complete.
- Learn about the financial and legal responsibilities associated with driving, especially crashes.
- Talk to your parents. They have lots of driving experience to share with teen drivers.
Be a Smart Passenger
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Observe drivers, road signs and roadway conditions.
- Ask your parents questions about decisions they make behind the wheel.
- Even if the law allows you to ride with a teen driver, avoid riding with your friends until they become safer, more experienced drivers.
- Be a helpful passenger. Don’t distract drivers or encourage teen drivers to take risks.
- If you’re the passenger of a teen driver who is speeding, texting on a cell phone or otherwise behaving recklessly, speak up. Tell your friend to drive safely or ask to be dropped off.
Maintain good grades. Once you get your license, you will need auto insurance. You may qualify for a good student discount if you maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Keep reading. By visiting this site and looking around, you’ve already taken a first step toward learning to drive, so keep reading!
- Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) – Learn more about the licensing process.
- Parent-Teen Driving Agreement – Signing a formal agreement with your parent helps in multiple ways.
- Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe teen driver.
- Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.