Few milestones are more exciting for a teenager than earning driving privileges.
With a new license in hand, your teen might feel more grown-up than ever, but he or she is still your child. New drivers need parental guidance to stay safe while driving.
Follow Pennsylvania’s laws for young drivers
Pennsylvania uses a graduated license system that awards privileges to new drivers in stages. Drivers under 18 who have passed the road test receive a junior license, which comes with restrictions.
While your teen may be eager to drive friends around, he or she may not drive with more than one underage passenger, with the exception of immediate family members, for the first six months. Junior license holders may not drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. without a legitimate reason, such as work.
Ensure that your teen knows and follows these restrictions. Failing to obey these rules can endanger your teenager and his or her friends.
Establish house rules
The state of Pennsylvania has strict rules for teen drivers, but you should make it clear that you have high expectations too. House rules might include:
- Observing a curfew
- Asking permission before driving
- Never driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver
- Contributing to the cost of gas
- Maintaining good grades or behavior to keep driving privileges
Consider establishing a driving agreement with your teenager to make your expectations clear, and be prepared to uphold your end of the agreement.
Model good driving behavior
Spend as much time behind the wheel with your teen as possible. Pay attention to your own behavior and make sure you are modeling the habits you want your teen to practice.
With clear and consistent guidance, you can help your teenager become a responsible and safe driver.