Teenage Driving

Now that you’re a parent

Your family has entered the teenage driving years. You know the statistics and are concerned about some of the issues you may be facing. Being the parent of a young driver can be a stressful time.  Remember, you’re not alone.  Each year in BC almost 50,000 teenagers enter the licensing process.  That means there are an awful lot of parents who are concerned about the teenage driving years!

Driving is not always a desirable or necessary mode of travel.  Support your teenager’s safe alternative travel choices, such as public transit where feasible.  Alternative travel is economically prudent and a positive action to help combat climate change.

These pages provide strategies to help you and your family find your way more safely through these years.   Two practical tools – You Be the Judge and Test Each Other  – are intended to keep the lines of communication open and help your young driver be safe right from the start.

Download and print our Teenage Driving fact sheet. [PDF]
Download and print our Teenagers and Crashes fact sheet. [PDF]

Some things have changed

Some things have changed since you learned to drive.  Today, there are more drivers on the road and driving decisions must be made faster and in a more congested traffic environment.  That’s one of the reasons behind a major change in BC driver licensing in recent years.  Graduated Licensing means that licensing standards are now tougher in BC. 

An opportunity worth taking

Even though the teenage driving years can be stressful for the whole family, they also present some real opportunities.  It’s a great time for you and your teenager to listen and learn from each other, building trust as you do.  And, it’s an important time for brushing up on your own driving skills and knowledge.  Your young driver is watching and learning from you each time you’re in the car together.  And you want to ensure your teenager learns safely – right from the start.

New cellphone laws for drivers

Effective January 1, 2010, the use of cellphones by all drivers is restricted in BC. Learner and Novice drivers (those in the Graduated Licensing Program) will not be permitted to operate any cellphone (hand-held or hands-free) or any other electronic communications device. This means no talking and no texting.

For more information download and print:

BC government News Release [PDF]
BC government's Types of Electronic devices [PDF]
Cellphones and Driving [PDF]