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When You And Your Teen start Practicing...

Review your teen’s instruction permit. It may contain additional instructions. Take this handbook along. Practice only during the day and in a quiet area during the first lesson or two. Be familiar with the practice area and any hazards, signs, or signals. Be patient, sympathetic, and understanding. Keep your voice calm. Do not hold initial practice sessions in bad weather. Sit in a position where you can grab the steering wheel or step on the brake, if necessary. Before starting the engine, have your teen: Consult your owner’s manual to determine whether your vehicle has an antilock brake system (ABS) on all four wheels or ABS just on the rear wheels. (ABS prevents wheels on a motor vehicle from locking while braking.) If in doubt, contact the dealer. Adjust the seat, if necessary. Adjust the mirrors. Fasten the safety belt. Show you the location of the following controls:

4-way flashers,
Emergency brake,
Heater/defroster,
Horn,
Headlights,
Windshield wipers.
Explain how each control works.
Show your teen how to properly start the engine and what to do to start driving.
Stop practicing when your teen becomes tired or upset and show him or her how to turn off the engine when safe.
If you see a bad traffic situation ahead (one your teen cannot handle), pull over and stop. Until your teen has learned the traffic rules and how to control the car, practice in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, if possible, because it is easier to drive.