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Teach your teen to drive safely

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers are most likely to cause a collision between ages 16 and 19. As your child approaches the teen years, you probably have concerns about his or her safety as a new driver.

Review these driving tips for teens to help your child become a safe motorist.

Know the license restrictions

If your family lives in New Jersey, your teen will be subject to the state’s graduated license program. With a learner’s permit, available at age 16, new drivers can take the wheel with a licensed adult age 21 or older.

After practicing with a permit for at least six months and turning 17, your teen can take the driving test to get a graduated license. Until turning 18, he or she must stay off the road between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Teens with a graduated license can only have a parent or dependent in the car when they drive.

At age 18, your teen can qualify for a basic license without restrictions.

Avoid driver distractions

You should also make sure your teen knows and follows the rules about device use. Young drivers are susceptible to the temptations of texting and social media messages, which can lead to dangerous distracted driving. Set a good example by safely stowing your own device whenever you drive.

Make sure your teen knows these safety rules and set expectations for driving behavior. If you plan to give your child access to a vehicle, choose a safe car with exceptional crash test ratings.