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A Parent's Guide to Teen Driving: What is Your Role?

Track Practice Driving

Teen girl and father driving in car

red stylized stoplight The Problem:

''I know a big part of learning to drive is good judgment which only comes with practice. I let my daughter drive as much as possible, even though it's stressful driving with her."

yellow stylized stoplight The Facts:

  • Most driving schools only provide 10 hours of practice driving.
  • We often think our teens have had more hours of practice driving then what is true.
  • Teen drivers are more successful at driving when parents help track the hours and conditions driven.

green stylized stoplight Try This:

  • Record and keep track of the hours your teen has practiced driving.
  • Ensure your teen gets at least 50 hours of practice driving in a variety of conditions (weather, type of road, time of day and traffic volume). Practice hours can include driving with a driving instructor, a parent or a trusted adult.
  • Include at least 10 hours of night driving and 10 hours of winter driving.
  • Find a trusted adult your teen can drive with to gain 50 hours of practice driving if:
    • You do not have a licence
    • You find it too stressful driving with your teen
    • You do not have enough time
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