Driving on a multi-lane highway for the first time can be scary. Start your teen out by driving at quieter times of the day to practice merging into traffic, staying in the lane, and using higher speeds and safe following distances without the added stress of rush hour traffic. Once you are both comfortable with that, gradually move on to busier traffic situations.

Before heading out onto the highway, prepare your new driver for:

  • Higher speeds that call for longer stopping distances
  • The need to check blind spots before changing lanes
  • Driving near large trucks
  • Anticipating interchanges by reading signs
  • Allowing a "safety space" around you, in the event you need to pull off the road for another vehicle or debris
  • Looking for traffic stopped or slowing ahead

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