Teen Drivers

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Tue, 12-28-2010 - 12:39pm

Parents who set firm rules, but do so in a helpful, supportive way, can reduce the likelihood of their teen getting into an auto accident by half and decrease rates of drinking and driving, two new studies find. Positive rule-setting can also increase the odds a teen will wear a seatbelt and lessen the likelihood of talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.

Firm Parents Keep Teen Drivers Safe- http://www.ivillage.com/firm-parents-keep-teen-drivers-safe/4-a-114607?ice=iv:mb:msg:kp

At what age did your teen start to drive?

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Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: cmkristy
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 4:26pm

Wow! The driver ed teacher does the road test! I have never heard of that. Even 30 years ago, it wasn't like that here.

Here, the road tests plus the initial written test are conducted by an arms length agency,working for the ministry of transporation, with a set standard.

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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: cmkristy
Sun, 01-02-2011 - 2:33pm

DD will be 17 in about 2 weeks.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: cmkristy
Fri, 12-31-2010 - 6:07pm

Illinois became progressively stricter through the driving phases of my three boys and I admit I found it annoying. However, I do now see the value. My youngest at 19 has one moving violation and will lose his license if he has another in two years. It forces him to be extra careful which is good. Illinois also limits passengers and driving at night, etc. which is all good.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: cmkristy
Thu, 12-30-2010 - 10:48pm

Our rules for new drivers are probably the strictest in North America.

Here, kids first have to take a written exam and pass with 80% before they can even start learning to drive. They have to be 16 to write the test.

It takes 8 to 12months as a minimun, after the kid passes the written test, when they can take their first road test. Before that, they can only drive with an experienced

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In reply to: cmkristy
Tue, 12-28-2010 - 1:52pm
DS is 18 and in college so no real rules any more that just aren't smart suggestions. He got his permit the day he turned 15 (as soon as he could get it), and his license as soon as he turned 16. He has an old '94 with about 180k miles but it's still in good shape; at least good enough to get up and back to college when he goes to work or comes home for a bit (the U is about 7 miles/10 minutes away). We did have him take Street Survival which is absolutely invaluable for new drivers.

Sue