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Welcome to the World of Teen Driving

As a parent, you want your teen to be safe, especially when driving. Novice drivers are much more at-risk due to their inexperience behind the wheel.  

One of the best ways to improve the likelihood of your teen’s safety is to ensure useful instruction and plenty of practice. Every hour of instruction and practice driving improves the likelihood of your teen’s safety. This guide is provided to help you and your teen learn the skills necessary to be a safe driver. 

What's included in this guide:
  • Requirements for obtaining a learner’s permit
  • Requirements for obtaining a provisional driver license
  • Driving restrictions associated with graduated driver licensing
  • Practice driving log
  • Tips on teaching basic and complex driving skills and maneuvers
  • And more!
Did you know…?
  • Oregon Driver Licensing laws require a teen to have 50 hours of supervised driving practice if they also complete an ODOT-Approved formal driver education course. It will take more than 15 minutes of practice every day for 6 months  to complete 50 hours of practice driving.
  • A teen who completes and passes the ODOT-Approved driver education course does not have to take a drive test at DMV when they apply for their license.
  • A teen who does not take a formal driver education course must complete 100 hours of supervised practice driving – that’s more than 30 minutes of practice every day for 6 months! And the teen who does not complete a driver education course will still need to take the drive test at DMV.
DriveWithEd.JPGThe tips in this guide, in part, will help you teach your student:
  • How to identify blind spots around the vehicle
  • How to identify and choose the correct lane position for the driving environment
  • How to effectively and safely communicate with other road users
  • How to break down driving maneuvers into easy-to-teach steps
  • How to handle common emergency situations
We encourage you to consider formal ODOT-Approved Driver Education. Data continues to show that students who complete a driver education course are much less likely to receive a traffic citation, conviction or be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash.

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Welcome to the World of Teen Driving​

Parent's Role in the World of Teen Driving

  • Provisional Instruction Permit Restrictions
  • Teen Provisional License Requirements and Restrictions
  • Driving Risks
  • High-Risk Driving Conditions

Supervise Your Teen Driver

  • Tips for Supervising Teen Driving
  • Use a Practice Driving Log
  • Have Your Teen Do These Each Time When Practicing

Set Family Rules and Guidelines for Driving

  • Use a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement
  • Driving Rules/Guidelines for Your Family
  • Provide a Safe, Reliable Vehicle for Your Teen
  • Impose Consequences for Violating Rules/Guidelines

Before You Even Begin

  • Teen Driver Teaching Orientation
  • Top Driving Errors
  • Aggressive Driving
  • When Confronted by Aggressive Drivers
  • Parent Tips for Teaching Your Teen Driver
  • Vehicle Safety Features
  • Does Your Vehicle have Antilock Brake Systems (ABS)?
  • Vehicle Functioning
  • Blind Spots
  • Become Familiar with Blind Spots

Basic Driving Skills

  • Automatic or Manual Transmission
  • Steering Control and Hand Position
  • Speed Control
  • Lane Positions
  • Following Time
  • Searching Skills
  • Communication with Other Drivers
  • Use of Headlights

Step-by-Step Maneuvers

  • First Things First
  • Entering the Vehicle
  • Making Adjustments
  • Starting the Car
  • Secure the Car After Driving
  • Backing
  • Backing Straight
  • Backing Turns
  • Backing Into a Driveway
  • Backing Out of a Driveway
  • Parking
  • Entering Angle Parking
  • Exiting Angle Parking
  • Pulling Forward into Perpendicular Parking Space
  • Backing into Perpendicular Parking Space
  • Parallel Parking
  • Parking on Hills
  • Turns
  • Bicycles on the Roadway

Complex Driving Skills

  • Changing Lanes
  • Passing
  • Entering the Freeway
  • Exiting the Freeway
  • Railroad Grade Crossings
  • School Zones
  • Crosswalks
  • Night Driving
  • Skid Recovery
  • Driving in Bad Weather

Emergencies — How to Handle Them

  • Vehicle Malfunctions

Does DMV Monitor My Driving Record?

  • Other Important Facts

The Rules For Graduated Driver Licensing

Practice Driving Log​