Being a parent is hard enough, but when you suddenly have a teenager in the house, it brings on a whole new set of challenges for both parent and child. When your child gets ready to get behind the wheel on her own, make sure you have some boundaries and rules set to ensure that they are as safe as they can be and you have less reason to worry (even though we know you’re going to worry no matter what).

If you haven’t already, head over to Part One of our list for our first 3 Rules for New Drivers. Then, check out our final 3…

4. No driving after dark.

Minnesota state law requires that within the first six months of being licensed, drivers must not operate a vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. except under certain circumstances.

However, it is important for you as a parent to set your own curfew for your teen. Being on the road at night increases your child’s risk of being in an accident. Not only are they more likely to be fatigued and have a hard time being alert to surroundings, but drivers are also more likely to be sharing the roads with other inexperienced teen drivers and older drivers who may have been drinking.

Once your teen has more experience driving, push back their curfew gradually at a rate you feel is right for your family.

5. Don’t eat or drink while behind the wheel.

A 2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that 80% of accidents and 65% of close calls were caused by distracted drivers who were eating or drinking. Imagine how much larger that number was just among the teenagers of the group! New drivers have enough to worry about on the road; an accident shouldn’t be caused by something as avoidable as eating while driving.

Make sure your child understands the dangers of this seemingly harmless behavior and tell them if they must eat on the road, it needs to be done in a restaurant or while parked in a parking lot.

6. Be courteous.

This is something you can teach your child from a very early age. Being a polite driver involves keeping a safe distance, always using a turn signal, allowing plenty of space while changing lanes and waving when someone does you a favor on the road. Most importantly, it’s about realizing that she is not the only person on the road. It’s easy for teens to feel like once they get their license, they own the road. It’s important that you make sure they know that isn’t true!


If you’re looking for a great first car for your child, we have a great selection of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles on our lot! These cars are a great deal because they have been thoroughly checked over by our certified technicians and meet CPO standards.
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