Helping Teenage Drivers
VA Dept. of Education  45-Hour
Parent/Teen Driving Guide
A completed copy of  the booklet's page 40
(PDF page 44)  must be submitted to receive
the 180-day temporary license.
Why are teenage drivers at higher risk?

~ Inexperience - Little or no driving experience means teenage
drivers are less able to detect and respond to traffic hazards,
less in control of their vehicles, and less able to integrate speed.

~ Risky behavior - Teenagers tend to take more risks as they are
influenced by their emotions, stress, and peer pressure. In
addition, experimenting with alcohol and recreational drugs can
impair the teenager's driving ability. Also, teenage drivers tend to
not use their seat belts, increasing their risk of injury in a crash.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), less
than one-fourth of high school students say they always wear
their seatbelts when another person is driving.  

~ Driving after dark -  Nighttime driving is more difficult than
driving in daylight for all drivers, but especially new drivers.
Teenagers tend to do disproportionately more driving at night,
increasing their risk of a fatal motor vehicle crash.
How do I help my teenager become a responsible

~ practice good and safe driving habits yourself

~ let your teen get his/her learner's permit as soon as possible so

~ see that your teenager is receiving the proper information in
his/her driver's education classes, both classroom and Behind-

~ have your teen sign a Driving Agreement. Samples are available

~ require the use of seat belts

~ restrict night driving time

~ restrict the number of passengers

~ chose a vehicle for safety, not image

~ prohibit drinking and driving
Safe & Sound Driving School, LLC
Providing Behind-the-Wheel Instruction in Central Virginia
Safe & Sound Driving School, LLC
P.O. Box 925
Louisa, VA,  23093
ph: (540) 967-3880