When your teen is in the driver's seat you're
far more than just a passenger. Your job is to steer your teen into
a lifetime of safe driving. As a team, the two of you can navigate
Florida's laws and safety guidelines.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury
for teenagers because teens lack driving experience. Florida has
implemented Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws to decrease this
risk by introducing teenagers to driving in phases. This site explains
those phases, and suggests tips for keeping your teen safe when
he or she in the driver's seat.
What parents should do:
- Know the 3 Stages of Florida's Graduated Licensing: Learner's
License, Intermediate License, Full Privilege License.
- Supervise your teen's driving.
- Set family driving rules and limits.
- Impose consequences for violations.
- Talk to other parents.
- Choose a safe vehicle for your teen.
By doing so, you'll know you are being a responsible parent who
is keeping your teen safe in the driver's seat.
Under Florida law, you can cancel your teens'
How long should you remain involved in your teen's driving?
Your teen becomes better able to handle high-risk conditions as
he or she gains driving experience and maturity. Teens' driving
performance continues to improve over at least the first 20,000
miles of driving - that's more than two years for most teens. Keep
driving rules in place and continue to monitor and coach their driving
by taking occasional rides with them after they have obtained their
"The state lets me drive by myself, so why don't you?"
If your teen complains about your continued involvement, remind
him or her that having a license doesn't mean that a person is a
perfect driver. It just means that they meet the minimum requirements
for a driver's license. Learning doesn't stop when teens get their
licenses. They need a lot of practice.
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