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The bare minimum—that’s all the DMV requires.
While each state is slightly different — and some have a few more requirements than others — there is no state that requires all new drivers to follow all known best practices. That’s why it’s up to us as parents to create a supportive learning environment for our teens.
The gradual introduction of greater driving challenges and exposures to new risks over time is key to Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). Take the time to understand why GDL works and you can help your teen become a better driver.
The video below provides a general overview of GDL. Each state has different GDL laws and you can learn about them by visiting the website of your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The common thinking is that thrill-seeking and risk-taking are the primary causes of crashes. Not so — good kids make mistakes, smart kids make errors in judgment, and responsible kids lose focus.
The best way to give your teen experience is to slowly introduce your teen to the more complicated driving situations and create a written agreement, like the New Driver Deal, that clearly defines and sets expectations, milestones and consequences. Remember to ride with them frequently, even after they get their license.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.