Tips for Parents

Teaching Your Teen to Drive
  • Your teen watches how you drive. Set a good example.
  • Practice behind the wheel as much as possible, including night driving and driving in bad weather conditions.
  • Enforce the graduated driver’s license provisions in your home for the 1st year that your teen has a license. No passengers under age 20 unless a licensed driver 25 or older is present, and no driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Hold onto the keys. For that 1st year of driving, gradually introduce new privileges and use the keys as a point of contact to find out where they are going, who they are going with, and when they will be back.
  • Teach your teen how to “scan” for hazards. Remind your new driver to keep a “high visual horizon” and to scan the area ahead, behind, and around the car at all times.
  • It may help to discuss goals with your teen and list them out in the form of a parent / teen driving agreement. Sample formats for these agreements are available through most auto insurance providers.