Parent Teen Driving Guide

From Secretary of State Jesse White:

It takes time and practice to learn how to be a good driver. This Parent-Teen Driving Guide is a tool to help parents observe and instruct their teen drivers during the instruction permit phase of licensing. Teens must log a minimum 50 hours of practice driving, including 10 hours at night, with their parents or a responsible adult age 21 or older before obtaining a driver’s license.

This booklet also outlines the provisions of Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program, which has become a national model for teen driver safety. Since new GDL provisions were implemented in January 2008, teen driving deaths have decreased 60 percent. The GDL program increases driving privileges for safe and responsible drivers in stages. Safe teen drivers will gradually see their driving restrictions ease as they move from one licensing phase to the next.

Distracted driving continues to be a serious hazard on Illinois’ roadways, especially with regard to young drivers. Cellphone use and texting while driving is prohibited for all drivers regardless of age.

Parental involvement is a critical component of any successful GDL Program. Working together we can ensure that our newest, youngest drivers are well prepared to enjoy a lifetime of safe and responsible driving.

PDF Graduated Driver Licensing Program: Parent-Teen Driving Guide