Sweet Success: The Probationary License
Sharing A Car
You probably dream of getting your own car when you pass your driver’s test. What you may not know: Having your own wheels also raises your crash risk. According to a CHOP study funded by State Farm, new teen drivers that either own a car or have easy access to the keys of another are twice as likely to crash as those that share a car with family members. They also are more likely to speed and use cell phones while driving. This may explain, in part, why they are more likely to crash.
So, if your parents insist that you share a car for the first year after you get your license, don’t fight them. Sharing a car while you are gaining experience will help reduce your risk of crashing. Remember, they’re not saying you can’t drive. They’re just saying you have to ask to use the car for a certain period of time.
Show your parents you’re serious about driving. Let them know where you’re going, who you are going to be with, and when you will be home. Follow the rules of the road. Show you can be responsible and deserve greater driving privileges.
Here’s more info on why it’s best for new teen drivers to share a car: