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Driving is a privilege

The bare minimum.
That is all the DMV requires.
 
While each state is slightly different - and some have a few more requirements than others - there is no state that requires all new drivers to follow all known best practices.
 
That is why it is up to us, as parents, to create a supportive learning environment for our teens.
 
The gradual introduction of greater driving challenges and exposures to new risks over time is key to Graduated Driver Licensing. If you, as a parent, take the time to understand why GDL works, you can help your teen become a better driver.
 
The common thinking is that thrill-seeking and risk-taking are the primary causes of crashes. Not so. Good kids make mistakes. Smart kids make errors in judgment. Responsible kids lose focus.
 
The best way to give your teen experience is to slowly introduce your teen to the more complicated driving situations. And to actually create a document that clearly defines and sets expectations, milestones and consequences.
 
Then, ride with them frequently - even after they get their license.
 
The video below provides a general overview of GDL. Each state will be different.  Watch the video first to get a sense of what GDL is all about and then visit your local DMV or go on your state DMV website to find out what your state law is. 
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