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*Note: Parental permission is required for teen licensing, and can be withdrawn until the age of 18.
New Hampshire's 40 hour practice driving log DSMV509:
Parent's First Drive Tips
Control Car Use After Teen Licensing
• 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!"
First Drive Practice Plan
• Loses control in turns.
• Drifts out of lane.
• Drives too fast for conditions.
• Fails to signal or use mirrors.
NH Practice Driving
For parents of teen drivers:
• May hit wrong pedals.
• Brakes hard
• Brakes late.
• Confuses left and right.
Teaching Your Teenager is VERY DANGEROUS! (Start with an automatic transmission vehicle) and consider these tips:
Master These Skills in a Vacant Lot, Before Entering Traffic!
For teens applying for their license:
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First Drive Expected Errors