by Sharlyn Petit
If you haven’t already been through this teen stage, be warned. Coming soon: it’s the nagging, begging, relentless teen driver determined to log practice hours so he or she will be one step closer to holding a license. Please, can I drive? How else will I learn? Just one more hour!
Though there are plenty of other things you’d rather do with 50 hours of free time, don’t cut corners when supervising your teen’s driving. Logging hours behind the wheel is the only way teens can develop safer driving habits and build experience.
Many traffic-related teen deaths are linked to violations of the Intermediate Driver’s Licensing (IDL) law, which includes restrictions on nighttime driving, driving with passengers, and cell phone use. The provisions of the law have proven to significantly reduce the risk of fatal crashes and prevent teen deaths.
Earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Licensing partnered with the Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm Insurance to launch The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, which familiarizes parents with the law and acts as a teaching tool complete with skills checklists, driving logs, and “parental pointers.” As a bonus, the program promotes a free RoadReady mobile app to help parents log permit practice driving hours and track progress.
Once teens taste a bit of freedom, it’s likely parents will enjoy that freedom a bit, too. A newly minted license may mean fewer trips chauffeuring your teen around town and another driver in the family to run errands, but it’s important to know the law and not become lax with enforcing it.
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