The rules of the road apply to drivers of all ages, but there are certain additional restrictions that all teen drivers need to know. Below are some of the important rules to remember before getting your driver’s license in Michigan.
Teens with a license:
For the first six months, no passengers under 21, unless a parent or other licensed adult 21 or over is in the vehicle.
For the next six months, one passenger under age 21 (unsupervised).
Siblings and passengers with medical emergencies are exceptions.
Mandatory Seat Belts
By law, ALL teen drivers and passengers must wear seat belts (no sharing!).
Cell Phones and Texting Banned
Teen drivers with a Level 1 or Level 2 Graduated Driver License take note! If you use a mobile phone while driving, you risk being ticketed by a law enforcement officer.Under state law, you are prohibited from initiating a call, answering a call, or listening to or engaging in verbal communication through a mobile phone. If ticketed, you could receive up to $295 in fines and costs and may risk losing their license. Exceptions include emergency calls to the police or fire department.
For the first year as a licensed driver, your teen must abide by a curfew – no driving between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by an instructor, parent or legal guardian. Exceptions include: driving to/from school/work (signed statement from school/work required), medical emergencies, and emancipated minors.
Zero Tolerance for Drunk Driving
Eight young people die every day in the U.S. in alcohol-related crashes.Talk with your teen about the dangers of driving drunk or riding with someone who has used alcohol or drugs. Driving under the influence of alcohol – even a trace of alcohol on minor drivers – is punishable by law.
Coaching Your Teen
The following resources may help you as you coach your teen:Driving Skills Test Study Guide (SOS-360) available at any Secretary of State branch office and online at www.Michigan.gov/teendriver.
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety’s The Novice Driver’s Road Map www.trafficsafety.org/shop (The Novice Driver’s Road Map provides adult coaches with a series of practice sessions for teen drivers.)