Parental Guidance Strongly Advised

Learning to drive is a major milestone in a teen's life, bringing increased freedom and independence. Here are some ways parents can help keep teen drivers and their passengers safe.

Why are Teens at Risk?

Teens are more likely to be involved in a crash than other drivers. Teen drivers:

    - are more likely to underestimate or not recognize hazardous or dangerous situations due to driver inexperience.

    - tend to drive more frequently under higher risk conditions, such as at night and/or without seat belts.

    - are more likely to take risks when driving. Studies have found that the decision-making area of the brain is still developing during the teen years.

Is your Teen Ready to Drive?

Every teen is unique. Not all teens are ready to drive when they reach 16 years old. Consider whether or not your teen is ready to handle the responsibilities of driving.

Be a Good Role Model

Teens learn a lot by example, so remember to follow traffic laws, always buckle up and never drink and drive. Keep in mind that if you roll through stop signs, speed, or talk on a cell phone when driving, your teen may do the same.

Before allowing your teen to take the road test for a driver's license, consider the following questions:

    Has your teen had enough driving experience? Safety experts recommend at least 65 hours of adult supervised driving over a period of six months?

    Has your teen completed a driver education course?

    Has your teen had experience driving at night, on expressways and in rain, fog and snowy weather conditions and demonstrated basic driving skills?

    Do you feel confident that your teen can handle most driving situations and does your driver react to driving hazards quickly and safely?

    Does your teen know how to avoid taking risks, especially if pressured by his/ her friends?

    Is your teen ready for the responsibility of driving alone?

    Do you feel safe when riding with your teen?