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Before You Take The Wheel

The idea of driving for the first time can be very exciting. Driving gives you a new level of independence and boosts your self-confidence. But there are also a number of risks and responsibilities you need to be prepared to accept—the lives of you and your friends depend on it.

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steering Getting Ready


Being prepared is the first step in learning how to drive.
The following tips should help you be ready when you get behind the wheel.

  • Do Your Homework
  • Be a Smart Passenger
  • Prepare a Family Driving Agreement

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Learning to Drive

Before applying for your driver’s licence, it’s important to get some formal driving education as well as a lot of practice. And remember to be patient…

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Driver Education Programs

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Education is Key

It is advisable to enroll in a commercial driving school to learn to drive. They employ experienced professionals who will provide the most comprehensive driving education available—giving you all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to pass your driving test and become a safety-conscious driver.

Practice Sessions

practice

Practice Makes Perfect

The best drivers are the ones with the most experience—and it may take about five years or longer before you can realistically expect to gain all the skills needed for safe driving. Make sure you practice—a lot—with an experienced driver and in varying road conditions.

Car Care

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Don't Rush Into Ownership

Young drivers who have a vehicle reserved for their use are twice as likely to have a crash as teens that have to share a car with other family members. Teen drivers are more successful—with fewer tickets and less dangerous driving—when their parents are involved for at least the first year. It’s also important to learn basic car maintenance, regardless of who owns the vehicle.

Going Solo?

You’ve passed your driving test, earned your licence and agreed on rules for using the family vehicles. You’re finally ready to drive on your own…

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maint Tools for Teens


Access other helpful resources about teen driving.

Driving Costs Tool

A tool to help you calculate the total expenses associated with your vehicle.

Driving Costs Tool

Driving Distractions

A website to help you understand the range of driving distractions and what you can do to make roads safer for everyone.

Driving Distractions

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authority Licensing & Laws


Laws

In Canada, issuing drivers’ licences is a provincial/territorial responsibility. For more information on licensing where you live, visit the website of your provincial or territorial licensing authority:


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Driving is a privilege, not a right.

To earn this privilege—and keep it—drivers are required to be licensed by their provincial or territorial licensing authority and obey traffic laws.

petcar Insurance


All drivers in Canada must have basic automobile insurance. Depending on where you live, the requirements for minimum coverage and where it can be obtained—through private companies or government agencies—will vary.

Keeping the cost of insurance down

Since teens are new drivers with no driving record, their insurance will be more costly than that of more experienced drivers. Teen insurance costs can be kept to a minimum by:

Sharing vehicles – Teens classified as an occasional driver will have lower insurance rates than those classified as a main driver.

Practicing driving – Plenty of driving experience will reduce the risk of a crash, and teens with clean driving records have lower insurance rates.

You can also obtain insurance directly from CAA.

Find out more on our website: Insurance Log on and enter your postal code to learn about insurance offerings where you live.

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bang Understanding the Risks


Driving brings a great deal of freedom—and also, for all drivers, comes with risk. Traffic, weather and other drivers’ behaviour can all pose dangers.

The main cause of crashes involving teens is risk taking—speeding, or driving while distracted or impaired. Peer pressure can lead to risky behaviour and poor decision making.

To reduce the risks inherent in driving, teens should:

  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Not talk or text on a cell phone while driving
  • Ensure they and their passengers wear a safety belt
  • Respect speed limits
  • Never drive when drunk or impaired by other substances
  • Avoid driving in extreme weather

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When Your Teen Takes The Wheel

Reaching driving age is a major milestone for many young people… and for their parents, too. The prospect of newfound independence also brings new responsibilities for teen drivers. You can play an important role in helping them gain the skills and knowledge needed to be safe on the road.


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steering Getting Ready


You can help your teen understand his or her obligations as a driver—and why skills, judgment and experience are important. As you shape your teen’s driving habits, it’s also a great time to reinforce other lifelong values such as accountability, personal responsibility, consideration of others, and appreciation for the fact that actions have consequences.

Be aware that you’re a role model. Set the standard for safe driving behaviour by:

  • Obeying traffic Laws
  • Avoiding distractions such as texting
  • Always Wearing your seat belt

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Driving on Their Own

You still have many opportunities to contribute to your teen’s development even after they’re licensed to drive independently. Studies show parental involvement and restrictions on driving significantly reduce risky driving behaviour during the first 12–18 months after young people get their licences—the same time period they’re at the highest risk of being involved in a crash.

Read More

Driver Education Programs

education

Education is Key

It is advisable to enroll in a commercial driving school to learn to drive. They employ experienced professionals who will provide the most comprehensive driving education available—giving you all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to pass your driving test and become a safety-conscious driver.

Practice Sessions

practice

Practice Makes Perfect

The best drivers are the ones with the most experience—and it may take about five years or longer before you can realistically expect to gain all the skills needed for safe driving. Make sure you practice—a lot—with an experienced driver and in varying road conditions.

Car Care

newcar

Don't Rush Into Ownership

Young drivers who have a vehicle reserved for their use are twice as likely to have a crash as teens that have to share a car with other family members. Teen drivers are more successful—with fewer tickets and less dangerous driving—when their parents are involved for at least the first year. It’s also important to learn basic car maintenance, regardless of who owns the vehicle.

Driving On Their Own

Keep working on their skills

w-play
Watch the Video

maint Tools for Parents


Access other helpful resources about teen driving.

Driving Costs Tool

A tool to help you calculate the total expenses associated with your vehicle.

Driving Costs Tool

Driving Distractions

A website to help you understand the range of driving distractions and what you can do to make roads safer for everyone.

Distracted Driving Tool

View All

authority Licensing & Laws


Laws

In Canada, issuing drivers’ licences is a provincial/territorial responsibility. For more information on licensing where you live, visit the website of your provincial or territorial licensing authority:


View All


Driving is a privilege, not a right.

To earn this privilege—and keep it—drivers are required to be licensed by their provincial or territorial licensing authority and obey traffic laws.

petcar Insurance


All drivers in Canada must have basic automobile insurance. Depending on where you live, the requirements for minimum coverage and where it can be obtained—through private companies or government agencies—will vary.

Keeping the cost of insurance down

Since teens are new drivers with no driving record, their insurance will be more costly than that of more experienced drivers. Teen insurance costs can be kept to a minimum by:

Sharing vehicles – Teens classified as an occasional driver will have lower insurance rates than those classified as a main driver.

Practicing driving – Plenty of driving experience will reduce the risk of a crash, and teens with clean driving records have lower insurance rates.

You can also obtain insurance directly from CAA.

Find out more on our website: Insurance Log on and enter your postal code to learn about insurance offerings where you live.

Read More

bang Understanding the Risks


Driving brings a great deal of freedom—and also, for all drivers, comes with risk. Traffic, weather and other drivers’ behaviour can all pose dangers.

The main cause of crashes involving teens is risk taking—speeding, or driving while distracted or impaired. Peer pressure can lead to risky behaviour and poor decision making.

To reduce the risks inherent in teen driving:

  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Don't talk or text on a cell phone while driving
  • Ensure they and their passengers wear a safety belt
  • Respect speed limits
  • Never drive when drunk or impaired by other substances
  • Avoid driving in extreme weather

View All

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