Going Solo

Done. Finished. Complete. Well, not quite. Teen drivers still need their parents’ advice and support—even after they are driving on their own with a driver’s license in hand. The crash risk for teen drivers is highest now that they are driving on their own, so parents should still be coaching them, guiding their driving instruction and monitoring where, when and with whom they drive. AAA can help.

Understand the Facts & Risks” educates parents about how to ensure teen safety behind the wheel. Family rules and a teenage driving agreement can address seat belt use, driving in adverse conditions and such distracted driving habits as texting while driving. Brush up on New Jersey’s licensing laws in “Licensing & State Laws,” which breaks down the state’s multi-step license process.

Once they are driving on their own, teen drivers need insurance. “Insurance & Vehicle Considerations” will tell you how to save on insurance and give you a few things to consider when determining if your teen needs a car of his or her own. A parent-teen driving agreement is a good way for parents to support teen drivers, and “Key Points for Parents” offers tips on creating an agreement as well as encouraging safe driving practices. But it’s not all up to the parents. “Teen’s Role” is geared for the new teen driver, featuring teen driving tips and safe driving techniques to help teens prepare for their upcoming responsibility.