When your teen receives an NJ learners permit with the help of Eppley Driving School, he or she will have been introduced to the fundamental skills of defensive driving behind the wheel. However, skill level and driving ability will vary greatly from one student driver to another, and regardless of the student's driving ability, after the mandated six hours of driving instruction are completed the learners permit is signed over to the student.
Please understand your teen driver is still a beginner, and your involvement is extremely important! You need help your teen practice for 30 to 50 hours (over the 6 month practice period) before h is or her road test at the Motor Vehicle Commission to ensure their safety. More: your efforts in continuing to emphasize safe driving habits are critical.
There are many free resources for teen drivers and their parents on our "Useful Links" page. Please feel free to explore and use them.
The first time practice 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 acclimated to the feel of your car. If your car has a hand brake between the driver and the passenger seat, you can use it in an emergency. You should also use your left hand to help steer if necessary.
Try not to overreact as your teen is practicing specific driving skills, and you should avoid bringing up other matters during driving practice that could lead to arguing. It will only get in the way of having quality practice driving.
For your protection, your insurance company should be notified to see if additional coverage is necessary. You should also inquire about insurance discounts for taking the six hour program and for academic achievement.
Feel free to call us to answer any questions, check out our Useful Links page, or visit New Jersey's MVC website: