Even though teen driving requires a permit and graduated licensing by the state, it is still a parent’s responsibility to decide when their teen gets behind the wheel. Parental responsibility does not end when the teen has a permit in hand. Recent studies find that teens demonstrate the safest driving behavior when parents remain involved in driver education even after teens are licensed drivers. Your obligation goes beyond helping your child secure a permit and then a license. You must help your teen become a safe driver. It’s a continuing effort, but well worth it.
How can you help?
• Invest in driver’s education training.
• Develop a practice schedule that helps them navigate tricky traffic situations. It is better they do it with you than to try to navigate it on their own.
• Stay calm during practice sessions.
• Give privileges gradually.