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Driving a motor vehicle safely and responsibly requires physical skills, maturity and judgment behaviors that are best acquired over time.
Most parents and safety experts recognize that the sensible way for teens to learn good driving habits is to lead them into those habits gradually.
Many states have Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws that restrict driving at various times of day and during risky circumstances until new teen drivers can prove their ability to drive responsibility and skillfully.
Good driving, however, requires more than just a phased-in licensing period- the proper skills and attitudes need to be taught and learned.
Today, in the United States, most novice drivers receive little instruction beyond practice driving with a parent riding in the passenger seat.
Even when driver's education is available in high schools-increasingly not the case in most communities-emphasis is placed on passing the state-licensing exam, not teaching the skills and attitudes that will make teens competent and safe drivers.
Rule the Road will offer teens an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills on a closed course with certified instructors. It will also reinforce and reaffirm safe driving practices including wearing seat belts and not driving impaired or distracted.