Be a role model
Lead by example: Drive safely and stay calm. Don’t text. Wear your seatbelt. Be courteous to others.
Go above and beyond your “60”
Adhere to (and exceed) the 60 hours of supervised driving required by ICBC. Plan and log your sessions. Spend the time to do this right. We recommend 120 hours supervised practice before taking the “N” road test.*
Understand and enforce the B.C. Graduated Licensing Program
GLP works. It’s not there to penalize young drivers – it aims to support and protect them. Be sure to adhere to its provisions and discuss the parameters with your new driver. Ensure compliance with passenger and nighttime (“L” license) restrictions.
Choose a driving school that’s right for you
Move away from the “learn to pass the road test” philosophy. Education only works if there is time for practice and reflection.
Do a ‘Head Check’
Before you get in your vehicle, take a minute to talk to each other about how you are feeling. Help your teen think about potential risks before they drive (nighttime, social context, being in a hurry, passengers and distractions, emotional situations). If there is anything that could affect their concentration when driving, do they really need to drive?
Discuss route plan in advance
Discuss time allotment, traffic and road issues – keeping focused on safest road decisions at all times. Walk your teen through the decisions you make not only in the vehicle but before getting on the road.
Teach your teen how to maintain his or her vehicle
Make a checklist of what to look for before you get in the car. Tire pressure, amount of gas, and brake maintenance are just a few items your teen should be familiar and comfortable with.
Your teen should know it’s okay to say “no”
Encourage your teens to speak out if they feel unsafe as a passenger.
Have a plan in place for when your teen needs alternate transportation.
Distractions don’t belong in the car
It’s important to show your teen that most things can wait until you have arrived at your destination.
Create and sign a Parent-Teen Contract
Set terms between you and your teen that you agree to as he or she becomes a driver. Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right.
*A large-scale Swedish study (Gregersen, 2000) concluded that a total of 117.5 hours of pre-solo driving practice can reduce a new driver’s crash risk by 40%.
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