Each state in the United States establishes their own driving laws, including laws about the age at which teens can begin driving, and the rules vary greatly about graduated license requirements.Research shows many parents aren't good at teaching kids to become safe drivers.Many scientists argue that 16-year-olds just aren't mature enough to drive.Their brains aren't yet fully developed and they're more likely to take risks, become distracted, and make mistakes.While some states don't allow newly licensed teens to have passengers for several months, others restrict the number of minor passengers that can be in a car. Talking on the phone while driving serves as a major distraction that increases the likelihood a teen will make driving mistakes.So many states have adopted specific cellphone restrictions for young drivers.
You can continue to impose restrictions of your own.
In order to be safe drivers, teens need to be able to think clearly, make good decisions, and resist temptations.
Once your teen has a driver's license, increase her freedom slowly.
Keep in mind that just because your teen is old enough to drive legally, it doesn't mean she's mature enough to handle the responsibility.
If your 16-year-old is aggressive, impulsive, or irresponsible, don't let him behind the wheel.