Key Points for Safe Driving

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

Car 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.

How You Can Prepare to Drive
Complete a quality driver education program. Practice in different conditions, roadways and times of day.
Practice with an experienced driver, such as your parent. Use a parent-teen driving agreement that spells out expectations and conditions under which you are allowed to drive.

Keep Working with Your Parents

Recent studies show that teens are more likely to drive safely — 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 for teens 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.

  • 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 driver.
  • AAA StartSmart – A series of newsletters that address the challenges teens face when learning to drive.
  • Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.