Prepare teen drivers for busy autumn roadways, AAA urges

Published Aug 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

With summer wrapping up and students heading back to high school and college, now is the time to ensure their safety on the roads, according to AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association.

September will bring even more traffic on area roadways when schools are back in session, AAA warns.

Driving tips for teens:

  • Get lots of practice! New York State requires at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice for those under age 18;
  • Be open and willing to accept instruction and feedback about safe driving from adults and driver education instructors;
  • Be patient about easing gradually into more complex driving situations as directed by adults and driver education instructors;
  • Focus on safe driving by obeying the speed limit, avoiding distractions and always wearing a safety belt;
  • Consider using a professional — A quality driver education program taught by professionals who often have trained hundreds or even thousands of new drivers will help your teen learn the rules of the road and how to safely operate a vehicle.

Tips for parents:

  • Dedicate several hours a week to practice driving with your teen;
  • Commit to coaching in different driving conditions and at different times of the day;
  • Be patient enough to provide constructive feedback; and
  • Be a good role model behind the wheel.

AAA urges teens and their parents to consider enrolling in a defensive driving course.

Along with refreshing your driving skills, drivers can lower portions of their car insurance premium by up to 10 percent for three years, as well as take up to four points off of their driving record for moving violations within the last 18 months, AAA says.