Understand the Facts & Risks
Learning to drive and earning your driver’s license is a big step toward becoming independent. However, driving is a major responsibility that can change your life, or even end it, in a flash. When you know the facts and act responsibly, you can reduce the risks.
|Get the Facts||Reduce the Risks|
|The first year with a license is the most dangerous period in a driver’s life.||Practice driving with an experienced driver, such as your parent or a driver training instructor.|
|About two-thirds of teens killed in car crashes are not buckled up.||Always wear your seat belt, whether you're a passenger or driver. Make sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.|
|Rain, darkness and other driving conditions can create dangerous situations.||Ask your parents to practice with you in cities and on country roads, as well as in the rain, at night and in heavy traffic.|
|Distracted driving can be deadly.||Make it a rule: if the car's engine is on, the phone stays off. Don't let other diversions, like eating, joking with passengers or fiddling with music devices, distract the driver, either.|
- StartSmart: Practice Driving – AAA’s tips for parents and teens about practice driving.
- StartSmart: Always Use Seat Belts – 63 percent of 16- to 20-year-olds who die in car crashes aren’t buckled up.
- StartSmart: Distractions and Driving – Read about the most common distractions, and get helpful advice for teens and parents.
- Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.