Teenagers are understandably excited when they get their learner permit, which allows them to drive under certain circumstances, but this can be a stressful time for some parents.
There are many reasons for this, including the unfortunate reality that the number of crashes and crash deaths involving teenagers is disproportionately high.
While a new driver’s elation and their parents’ concern may seem incompatible, there may be ways to ease the tension.
According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, getting a learner permit is the first step in obtaining a driver’s license, and you must be 16 years or older to apply. Permits are valid for approximately five years.
According to the New York DMV, there are different types of learner permits, including Class M (Motorcycle permit) and Class D (Car Operator permit). The first step to obtaining a learner permit, Class D or M, is to take and pass a written test. The New York DMV has helpful resources and information, including the Driver’s Manual and practice tests, on its website. That same website explains the testing and application process for prospective permittees.
Once the driver’s learner permit is obtained, the driver will be entitled to drive under certain circumstances. Several additional steps must be taken before the driver can obtain a driver’s license, including passing a road test. According to the New York DMV, before taking the road test, the permittee must obey learner permit restrictions, complete a 5-hour pre-licensing course or a high school or college driver education course, and obtain sufficient driving practice while under appropriate supervision. The DMV also warns that, if under age 18, the driver must wait at least six months from the date the learner permit is received.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, parents can play an important role in ensuring that teen drivers make smart decisions when they get behind the wheel. In fact, the CDC encourages the creation of a “Parent-Teen Driving Agreement” which can help to “put your rules in writing to clearly set expectations and limits.”
According to the template agreement created by CDC, the teen driver will promise to “obey all rules of the road,” “make sure I can stay focused on driving,” “respect laws about drugs and alcohol,” and “be a responsible driver.” A parent-teen driving contract like the one created by the CDC may help parents convey driving expectations to their teen driver, who must always obey the Vehicle and Traffic Law
No matter how prepared a teen is to drive on public roads, those roads may always pose danger because some motorists do not always drive in a safe or responsible manner.
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