Learning how to drive is an important goal for most teenagers. However, it can be very stressful for parents. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for young adults between the ages of 16 and 20. While teen drivers make up only 6% of the drivers, they are involved in 14% of all fatal car crashes. Two-thirds of the teenagers killed are males.
All 50 states have a Graduated Licensing System for teen drivers. This includes a learner’s permit, and intermediate or provisional license, and a full-privilege license. Some states spell out how much driver training is required, how many passengers are allowed, and some restrict driving at night. Make sure you understand your state’s requirements. Here are some driving safety tips for parents and teens.