While the state says
you must obey traffic laws to keep your driver’s
license, it’s even more important for parents
to establish "in-house" rules that must
be followed for the teen to keep their license.
Most states require that a parent or guardian sign
for anyone under the age of 18. The state also
allows you to revoke the license by withdrawing
your signature. Understanding the risk involved
in operating an automobile is important for parents
so they can establish their own "in-house" rules.
Don’t Count on Driver’s
your teen completes a driver’s
education class, don’t think they are qualified
or prepared to drive. Driver’s Ed might be
a convenient way to learn the basics, but parents
should know that most Driver’s Education
classes do very little to prepare their child
to survive on the road.
Learning to drive
is an "our" experience
and you’ll be surprised at what you learn
as well. Before you start the car for the first
time, stop and have your teen look at the dashboard
and become familiar with the controls. Adjust
the seat: the driver should be at least 12 inches
from the steering wheel and arms should be bent
slightly at the elbow when holding the wheel.
Check visibility in the mirrors.
Unless you’re driving a "stick" or "standard" transmission,
drive using one foot. The heel of the foot should
be located on the floor between the accelerator
and the brake pedal so the driver’s heel
never leaves the floor. The foot should be able
to shift to the left for the brake and to the
right for the accelerator.
emphasize that the car never moves until EVERYONE
is buckled up. It’s
the law and must be an "in-house" rule,
too. Violation of the seat belt rule should result
in loss of driving privilege for a period of time.
Kids Drive with You
Letting Them Drive Alone
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