YOU set the standards
- Expectations – the earlier you start talking about safe driving habits, the better
- YOUR rules and limits – set rules about driving at night, having passengers and cell phone use. Limit their distractions!
- Seat belt use – statistics indicate teens buckle up far less frequently than adults and primarily boys are less likely to wear their seat belts than girls.
- Consequences – explain the consequences of poor driving habits before they happen. What will happen if they get a speeding ticket?
- REMEMBER – more than 5,000 teens (15 – 20 years old) are killed in crashes on our roadways every year
- Experience matters – as with other activities like sports and homework, if you want your student to be a good driver MAKE them practice frequently
- Put them in situations – practice driving with your student at night & in poor weather conditions
- 3 out of 4 teens say YOU (their parents) are the biggest influence on their driving habits
Oklahoma's Graduated Driver's License (GDL) - Know & follow the law to keep your teen alive
- Restricts driving – your newly licensed teen will have an intermediate driver's license for 6 months (after they pass their drive test for teens under 18)
- Limits passengers – students can have only 1 passenger (who is under 21) in their car. 1 passenger DOUBLES the risk of your teen having a FATAL crash
- Limits driving times – newly licensed teens can only drive from 5am-10pm (unless driving to & from school, work or church or if a licensed driver age 21 or over is seated next to them)
- No cell phones – it is illegal for students (with a permit or intermediate license) to use any electronic hand held device while driving – this includes cell phones, MP3 players, GPS & IPADs while driving