new driver & issues

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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 11:08am

my dd will be taking her road test next week...

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 11:17am

Congrats to your dd! It is stressful for mom and dad but actually it quickly becomes pretty convenient as you don't have to cart them around anymore!

1. We notified our insurance as soon as the boys got their license - I thought you had to.

2. When my boys got their license (8 and 5 years ago) the state law here said that they could only have one other non-family member in the car with them for the first 6 months. Our rule was that they couldn't ride with any teen nor could any teen ride with them for the first couple months at least - too many distractions when you get a group of teens together with a new driver.

3. For the first month or so they had to call us when they arrived at their destination and call when they were getting ready to head home. Didn't let them drive in Peoria alone for the first few months. No talking on cell phone while driving. Of couse it's very hard to enforce some of these rules as once they turn the corner they can do what they want and you may never find out.

4. No we didn't let them just drive around. Not that there might not have been a few occasions where they may have taken a longer route or something but we would have noticed on the odometer if they were doing much aimless driving.

Pam
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 12:01pm

1) Did you let your insurance company know ?

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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 12:32pm

Just one more question to both of you (thanks for your replies!)

I wish our state had the rule of no - non family members for 6 months..

Our kids are saying.. can i pick up so and so on my way to..

I do not want her to be a taxi.. but i do not want her to be the ONLY one that can;t pick some one up..(one person)

Did you have any of those issues.. ??

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 12:46pm
I will admit it does suck for carpool purposes, there have been times that ODD needed a ride to cheer or something but was like, well, so and so already is taking so and so, so they can't have more than 1 person in the car. But for distraction and safety sake, I think overall its a good rule. If you think that's something you want as a rule, make it a rule in your house and explain it to her. Even with just one person in the car, there is still plenty of distractions, especially to new drivers. I know for our state also, if a teen gets into an accident that is their fault in the first (I think its one year now as the laws have recently changed), since its still a "probationary license" they can have their licensed revoked until they are 18.
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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 12:51pm

We were fortunate in that most of the boys' friends parents were on the same page as we were. Even though the law allowed for one other non-family member teen most of their friends weren't allowed to offer rides to or get rides from other teens when they first got their license. After a couple months it was still at our discretion who they could ride with - if it was someone we knew well and had seen them drive we might let them; if it was someone we didn't know or had heard of unsafe driving habits we didn't. Here most kids were so excited about being able to drive they didn't really push the carpooling at first. There would be 6 or 8 cars for 6 or 8 new drivers lined up around our driveway/at the local store/etc.

Pam
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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 2:15pm
1. No insurance while ds was 15/on a permit, but the day he got his intermediate license, he was on it (day after he turned 16 as his birthday was on a Sunday)

2 and 3. Restrictions were by the law as far as how many he could take and when, curfew, no texting, etc. He also knew that he was responsible for gas in his car and any repairs needed - which he's had to do 2x since he got the car 3 years ago now.

4. That was up to him - with a limited budget, he didn't drive that much at first - as he worked more, he did go for more drives but that was on his dime, and honestly that was once he was a senior or now in college.

We did a contract on a different issue - didn't work for long even with his signature, so no, didn't do one for driving.

Sue
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 08-08-2011 - 3:21pm

In our state there is mandatory ins, so you have to let them know when they get their license or they won't be covered in an accident.

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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 3:43pm

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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 7:55pm
montana78 wrote:

my dd will be taking her road test next week...

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Mon, 08-08-2011 - 8:27pm

It varies by state, but I would definitely ask the insurance company before she even takes the road test. In Mass, it's not even an option to drive your friends around until you've had your license for 6 months without incident. It's also illegal to drive between 12:30 a.m and 5 a.m. until you're 18.

I agree with you about not letting her her drive around aimlessly. It's a waste of gas and can definitely lead to trouble.

My DD only has her permit (she just turned 16 and you have to be 16 1/2 to take the road test), but her friends who do have their licenses have pretty strict rules about where they can go and they all have to call from a land line to check in.

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