Driver licensing

For parents of teen drivers

Having a teen who's learning to drive can be an exciting and stressful time. It's that balance of giving them some independence, keeping them safe, and having the confidence to lend them your car in the process.

Here's some helpful info to support you and your teen through the steps of graduated licensing.

Keeping your teen safe on the road

We know that a parent's #1 concern is their teen's safety. Here's how to keep them as safe as possible while they're learning how to drive.

Tips for helping your teen learn to drive safely

If you'll be helping your teen learn to drive, here are some great tips on how to get the most out of your practice time.

Beyond just going over the basics, it's important that they're aware of other risks they might face, like vehicle problems, peer pressure, and distractions.

Keeping your teen in low-risk driving environments

  • Quiet streets: Take your teen out on quiet streets and in daylight hours for as long as you feel necessary.

  • Minimal risk: Ensure your teen's first challenging drive has minimal risk. If it's their first time on a highway, take them out in daylight with lower traffic levels.

  • Avoid rush hour: Try driving during less busy hours until your teen feels more confident.

After your teen gains experience

  • Practice with variety: When your teen is more confident, ensure they get practice in different weather, times of day, and locations.

Questions to ask your teen

  • Car maintenance: Do they know how to get gas, check oil and other fluids, tire air pressure and what to do if they get a flat tire?

  • Route planning: Have they planned their route in advance?

  • Emotional awareness: Could their emotional state or energy level affect their driving ability?

What to do in a crash

  • Collecting information in a crash: Leave a crash card pdf in your vehicle. You might even show them this video.

Graduated licensing restrictions

  • Know the rules: Remind your teen about the restrictions in graduated licensing. Breaking the rules can cost them financially and add time to their time spent as a learner.

  • No electronic devices: Remind your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Electronic devices aren't allowed while they're in the graduated licensing program, even if hands-free.​​​