When your teen receives a NJ driver’s permit with the help of Carr’s Driving School, he or she will have been introduced to the fundamental skills of safe and effective driving. However, the six-hour permit program is not a pass/fail course. Skill level and driving ability will vary from one student to another. Regardless of the students driving ability, once the mandated six hours are completed, the permit is signed over to the student.
Please understand your child is still a “beginner” and your input is important! You need to get out there and practice with your teen 30 or more hours before his or her driver’s test. Your efforts in continuing to emphasize safe driving habits are critical. Set a positive example for your teen to follow and remember to wear your seat belt!
The first time driving with your teen can be very stressful for both of you. Keep your instructions simple and clear. Work on the basic skills at first to allow your child to get the feel of your car. If your car has a hand brake in the middle, you can use it in an emergency. You can also use your left hand to help steer if necessary.
Try not to overreact as your teen is practicing specific driving skills. Also, avoid bringing up other family matters during driving practice that could lead to arguing. It will only get in the way of having quality driving time.
For your protection, your insurance company should be notified to see if coverage is necessary. You should also inquire about price reductions available for taking the six hour program and for academic achievement.