Helping your teen
learn to drive
Good habits are gained through education and experience
WRITTEN BY JENNIFER ALLFORD
PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVE OLECKO
For new, young drivers such as Calvin Bliid, above, driving is a giant step toward independence. But not all young drivers
fully understand the dangers of the road.
It’s a big day when you toss the car keys
to your teenager and they head out on
the road by themselves for the first time.
Driving is a giant step toward adulthood
But collisions are especially high in
the first year young people get behind
the wheel without an adult in the
Most teen drivers underestimate the
risks while overestimating their abilities.
That can be a dangerous mix.
Driving safely means teens have
to know more than how to shoulder
check or parallel park. They also have
to be aware of potential hazards all
around them—from bad weather to bad
drivers—and know how to recognize and
manage the risks.
Alberta’s graduated driver licensing
(GDL) program takes all this into account
by limiting when new drivers can take to
the road, how many passengers they can
have in the car and having zero tolerance
for any alcohol or drugs (teenagers will
lose their licence if they’re found to have
had even one drink).