Parents' Corner

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Learning to operate a motor vehicle is an exciting but anxious time for the young driver in your family. And we get that, as a parent, you're excited and anxious, too. Our "Parents' Corner" provides helpful resources that will help to calm your worries. Like we keep saying, we want driving to be fun—for everyone involved! has put together a wealth of resources to thoroughly explain the driver licensing process and safe-driving practices and sensibilities. Make your teen's experience of learning to drive more effective and more rewarding by taking advantage of these valuable educational assets.

Driver Education

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You want the best in driver education for the young driver in your household, and is the right choice! We want driving to be fun, but we make sure students are taught the rules of the road and the defensive driving attitudes and techniques that will keep them safe on the streets. is a DMV-licensed driver education provider, and students of our Internet-based driver ed program get the same state-approved material taught in classrooms. The easy-to-read text is supplemented with informative photos, colorful charts and illustrations, streaming video clips, and interactive activities that thoroughly explain the subject matter, engage students, and make learning fun. Payment of the affordable tuition is fast and secure, and everything that's needed, including the Certificate of Completion, part of the one low price.

We also know that all the regulations surrounding the licensing process can be confusing. So we provide a simple five-step plan, complete with all the information and advice you'll need, to help young drivers get licensed with a minimum of fuss.

Driver Training

Driver Training

Driver education introduces prospective motorists to the theories and attitudinal orientation necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle. Driver training (behind-the-wheel), on the other hand, imparts the practical, hands-on skills needed to proficiently control a vehicle in the real world. California state law requires that license applicants under the age of 18 complete at least six hours of driver training with a professional instructor before starting parent-/guardian-supervised practice driving.

Is it worth spending the money on professional driver training? Absolutely! In fact, we strongly encourage you to see that your teen completes 12 – 18 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Statistically, driving is one of the most dangerous things your young motorist is likely to do on a daily basis. Proper training and extensive time in the driver's seat can do a great deal to enhance confidence and safety on the roadway.

To locate a friendly, professional, DMV-licensed driving school near you, click here.

Supervised Driving Practice

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Young drivers who have obtained a permit and received at least six hours of professional driver training are expected to practice their driving under parent/guardian supervision. Prospective licensees are required to complete at least 50 hours of supervised practice driving, at least 10 hours of which must be done at night.

As with driver training, we strongly recommend that novice drivers get 2 – 3 times the required minimum. That may sound like a lot, but your teen will be a better driver for it!

Perhaps you've been anticipating this moment with anxiety, but teaching your child to drive shouldn't be a negative experience. Stay calm and try not to get too frustrated. And remember that, as always, is here to help. Make use of the following helpful tools to make the experience more manageable and, dare we say, even fun!

Teach Your Teen to Drive…and stay alive

Teach Your Teen to Drive...and stay aliveWe know you want your new teen driver to be safe on the roadway. But the fact remains that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and 1 in 4 licensed drivers age 16 and 17 is involved in a collision. Our helpful parent-teen driving guide will help to calm your nerves, and proper instruction will ensure that your teen grows into a better, safer driver. The book is sure to have a dramatic impact on your family—and it may just save a life!

Teach Your Teen to Drive…and stay alive contains many useful safe-driving tips and thought-provoking exercises, and can be read by anyone at any time. However, the helpful exercises in the book are designed to assist parents and teens though the supervised practice driving portion of the licensing process.

Remember: Experience behind the wheel is a big deal when it comes to driving safety. The more practice, the more quality lessons, and the more drills you do together, the safer your teen driver will be!

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Staying Safe

Your concern for your teen doesn't end when they get license, of course. You want your young driver to stay safe whenever they head out on the highway! The useful links below lead to resources that can help you to talk with your teen about dangerous behaviors:

MADD. Perhaps the most dangerous thing a driver could do is attempt to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. MADD's mission is "to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking."

Texting & Driving…it can wait. Any sort of driver distraction can have disastrous consequences, and studies have shown that those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash or to get into a near-wreck than undistracted drivers. This website provides great information that will help you talk with your teen about this extremely dangerous activity.

Helpful Links

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