For beginning drivers, practice the following skills in varying routes:

  • Turns: speed and use of signals
  • Braking smoothly: gradually slowing to a stop
  • Accelerating smoothly: steadily increasing to a safe speed within the posted limit
  • Approaching intersections controlled by stop signs or lights
  • Determining right of way
  • Single-lane and multi-lane roadways (low speeds)
  • Changing lane
  • Maintaining appropriate speed
  • Scanning for and identifying hazards
  • Keeping a safe following distance
  • Sharing the road with cyclists, pedestrians, school buses
  • Driving in a school zone
  • Reacting to an approaching emergency vehicle
  • Using turning lanes

For more tips, download Teen Drivers. Honest Talk. Real Solutions: A Handbook for Parents in English or Spanish.