Teens have important responsibilities during this stage of the driving process. Responsibilities include taking the following actions:
- Commit to several hours of driving practice and study every week.
- Accept instruction and feedback about safe driving from you and any driver education instructors.
- Be patient about easing gradually into more complex driving situations as directed by you and driver education instructors.
- Focus on safe driving by obeying the speed limit, avoiding distractions and always wearing a seat belt.
- Avoid riding as a passenger with another new teen driver. If your teen does accept a ride with a peer, make sure your child understands to call you for a ride if there is any concern that the driver is not practicing safe driving.
- Abide by your family’s parent-teen driving agreement.
- StartSmart:Teen Passengers – Fatal crash rates for teens are 5-6 times higher when there are teen passengers in the car. AAA’s tips will help guide parents in establishing rules for their teen drivers.
- StartSmart: Distractions and Driving – Read about the most common distractions, and get helpful advice for teens and parents.
- Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of safe driving.