Driver--Things to know.
Do you have a new driver in the household?
If so, here are some tips on how to deal with this new challenge:
Studies have found that the risk of a crash and ticket is highest during
the first year of licensure. A natural strategy for mentoring new drivers
comes from the combination of progressive privileges and rational consequences.
Some parents find a written contract enhances the agreement they make
with their teen driver about driving privileges.<<Sample
See the following publications put out by the Mn. Dept. of Public Safety for
Teen Driver Flyer--Mn. Dept. of Public Safety
Teens Behind the Wheel--Mn. Dept. of Public Safety
How to Instruct Your Teen Driver:
- Ask your teen's driving instructor for advice to make effective
use of your practice time
- Plan what skills you'll be working on before beginning. Work from
basic to more complex.
- Make sure your teen is familiar with all the controls of the vehicle.
- Keep early lessons short, about 10-15 minutes.
- Start practicing with only you and your teen in the car--no passengers.
- Make sure you give directions well in advance of the maneuver
you want performed.
- Let your teen practice under many different driving conditions,
including driving at night.
- As your teen advances, let them do "commentary driving." In
this technique, your teen describes what he/she observes as driving.
- Look for the positive in your teen's driving and let them know
- Set a good example with your own driving.
Consider the following progression as your teen's driving improves:
- Daylight conditions only
- Low-stress conditions (low-traffic volume and good road conditions
- No passengers or a limited number of passengers
- no cell phone use
- Nighttime driving, with a curfew and no passengers
- More daytime passengers allowed
- Nighttime driving with one passenger
- All road and traffic conditions allowed
- Maintain passenger and cell phone use restriction
- Unrestricted privileges to drive
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