If you will soon have a teen driver in your home, you should know the statistics about accidents involving young motorists. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest crash risk is among those ages 16 to 19.
New Jersey has instituted a graduated driving program for teens to help reduce this risk for serious accident injuries.
Understanding the restrictions
Make sure your teen follows the rules at each driver’s license level. New drivers can get a learner’s permit at age 16. They can drive only with a licensed driver who is at least 21.
After six months and turning 17, your teen can qualify for a probationary license. With this type of license, they cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless attending worship services or for employment reasons. In addition, teens with probationary licenses cannot travel with passengers except their own children, parents or guardians.
New Jersey requires new drivers to have a probationary license for a year and turn 18 before qualifying for a standard license.
Prohibiting driving distractions
Stress the dangers of texting and driving to your teen. Device use behind the wheel causes a disproportionate number of serious accidents, especially those involving young drivers. Avoid these distractions yourself to set an example of safety. Other dangerous distractions include eating, drinking, putting on makeup or conversing with passengers while driving.
Enforcing these rules at home can help your child become a safe driver. Sticking to the graduated license regulations can also help protect your teen’s driving privileges and avoid costly fines.