Teaching Your Teenager is VERY DANGEROUS! (Start with an automatic transmission vehicle) and consider these tips:
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For parents of teen drivers:
• May hit wrong pedals.
• Brakes hard
• Brakes late.
• Confuses left and right.
• Loses control in turns.
• Drifts out of lane.
• Drives too fast for conditions.
• Fails to signal or use mirrors.
NH Practice Driving
NH Traffic Safety Administration:
Master These Skills in a Vacant Lot, Before Entering Traffic!
When you feel ready, discuss with your teenager the "Car Use Rules", before s/he gets their license.
A useful aid in controlling car use is to have a "Parent/Teen Driving Agreement" or see the "New Driver Deal" courtesy of the National Safety Council. Discuss this contract with your teen and come to an agreement!
DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT! Your child does not have the right to the car keys and a car just because they are old enough! If you're not ready for your teenager to drive, DELAY driving for months or years.
*Note: Parental permission is required for teen licensing, and can be withdrawn until the age of 18.
First Drive Practice Plan
For teens applying for their license:
• Always be ready to take control.
• Keep calm, voice low and slow: "OK, look ahead at the ..."
• Give clear directions early: "Turn right before the red van."
• Give a running dialogue of all events: "Watch car on right, check mirror,
brake gradually. Stop!"
Parent's First Drive Tips
First Drive Expected Errors
Control Car Use After Teen Licensing
New Hampshire's 40 hour practice driving log DSMV509: