Lesson Plan for Practice sessions
Your teen should practice controlling the car during the first lessons. No time plan is given here. Your teen must complete 50 hours of supervised practice (10 hours at night). You will be asked to certify to this training before your teen is licensed. These driving sessions should give your teen practice in the basic skills listed below. Next to some of the skills is a page reference for more information about that skill. Starting and Stopping the Car Driving a “Stick” (page 8) Lane Control Backing Up the Car (page 8) Right Turns (page 9) Left Turns (page 9) Level II
Only after your teen can shift gears (if necessary, in your car), backup, and turn easily and safely should you begin practicing the skills listed below: Intersections (page 10) Lane Changes (page 12) Keeping Space Around the Car (page 12) Practicing in Traffic (page 13) Level III
After the Level I and Level II skills are mastered, the skills listed below can be practiced: Parking on Hills (page 13) Parallel Parking (page 14) U-Turn (page 15) Level IV
Only after your teen has mastered control of the car and the skills in Levels I, II, and III, should he or she practice night driving and freeway driving. Freeway Driving (page 15) Night Driving (page 16) Special Problems and Emergencies (pages 16–20)
Take a Check Ride
When your teen has finished practicing the skills in Level IV, look at the Safe Driver Checklist on page
20. Read the directions. Make sure you and your teen go on the “test ride” described. This test ride should show you if your new driver needs more practice.
Is Your Teen Ready for a License?
When your teen drives well enough to pass the DMV driving test for a provisional license, ask yourself the questions below to confirm that you have not overlooked some necessary driving practice or knowledge.
1. Have we discussed alcohol, drugs, and driving? (See pages 4–5.)
2. Does my teen know what to do if he or she has been drinking and feels it is unsafe to drive?
3. Have we practiced in heavy city traffic?
4. Have we practiced on one-way streets and at intersections with three-way signals?
5. Have we practiced using a center left turn lane?
6. Have we practiced on small country roads, on gravel roads with potholes, and on hills?
7. Have we practiced in bad weather?
8. Have we practiced at night?
9. Have we practiced entering, exiting, and driving on a freeway?
10. Have we discussed what to do if an emergency occurs? (See pages 16–20.)
11. Have we discussed what to do if an accident occurs?
12. Does my teen know I can cancel his or her license at any time and for any reason? Does my young driver know I will cancel the license if he or she drives irresponsibly or violates traffic laws?
When you are sure your teen is ready for a license, confirm that the required hours are logged on the “Supervised Driving Log” on page 23. Then, sign the certifying line of his or her instruction permit. Your teen is then ready to take a driving test with a DMV examiner if he or she has held the permit for six months from the day it was issued. (The waiting period is mandatory even though your teen may have already practiced the driving skills listed on page 6.) Your teen must not drive to the DMV office alone.