New Driver Rules and Tips

New Driver Rules and Tips

| Feb 2, 2018 | Safety Tips |

New Driver Rules and Tips

The day your son or daughter gets their brand new driver’s license will likely be one they won’t forget – opening up a new world of choices, responsibilities, and freedom. But for you, as their parent or guardian, it can be a big cause for concern. And your worry in not unwarranted. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds, accounting for forty percent of all teen deaths.

Thankfully, you can play a big part in keeping your teen driver safe. It’s crucial to establish good driving habits from the start, that will stay with them  for a lifetime. Here’s a few things to talk to your teen about to ensure they are safe behind the wheel:

 

  1. Always buckle up. Simple.
  2. Obey speed limits. This will ensure your teen avoids costly tickets and keep them within the safest limits on the roadways.
  3. No distractions. Whether it be limiting the number of people in the car or vowing to keep their cell phone in the glove box while driving (it’s the law for new drivers
    !), you and your teen will need to discuss what guidelines will ensure their focus is on the road.
  4. Be aware. Remind your teen to check their gas gauge, be on the lookout in rural areas for animals and be mindful of the other drivers on the road.
  5. Have a plan. Keep emergency phone numbers and a car safety kit inside the car at all time. Review with your teen driver on what to do in case of a car accident.


In addition to having your own guidelines for your teen driver, the state of Ohio also has specific rules and guidelines for new drivers. It’s important you and your teen be aware of the laws that apply to new license holders.

During the First 12 Months of Holding a License:

  1. May not operate a vehicle from midnight – 6 a.m. unless:
  • Accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Driving to or from work with documentation from the employer
  • Driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official
  1. May not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  2. Driver and all passengers must wear safety belts.
  3. Driver may not use any mobile devices, including phones.

 After the First 12 Months of Holding a License and Under Age 18

  1. May not operate a vehicle from 1 – 5 a.m. unless:
  • Accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Driving to or from work with documentation from the employer
  • Driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official
  1. Driver and all passengers must wear safety belts.
  2. Driver may not use any mobile devices, including phones.
  3. Multiple traffic convictions before the driver’s 18th birthday may result in a license suspension. For alcohol-related convictions, the driver license will be suspended for at least six months (see Ohio Revised Code 19).

Even the most careful drivers will be involved in accidents. If you and your new driver are injured in a car accident, contact our attorneys for an immediate consultation at 419-842-1166. 

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