The first major step toward getting your driver’s license is getting a learner’s permit. This small permit will help you start your road to independence, but it comes with some very specific rules. Abiding by these rules is worth it because it helps drivers gain practice and confidence behind the wheel. With some intentional actions, you can be prepared to get your driver’s license when it is time.
Learner’s Permit Rules
Every state is going to have different rules, but in general, states require new drivers who are under 18 or 21 to drive with a learner’s permit. Whenever driving with a permit, a licensed, adult driver is required to be in the passenger’s seat. This is like supervised driving practice with someone who has more experience operating a vehicle.
A learner’s permit usually is accompanied by a certain number of hours to drive during the daylight hours and nighttime hours before a regular driver’s license will be given. There are also restrictions on the number of passengers in the car and limiting peers in the vehicle too. If a driver is pulled over and caught breaking these rules, they risk not getting their driver’s license on time.
The point of having a learner’s permit is that new drivers can get more experience in a supervised manner. With more experience, new drivers will feel more comfortable and confident behind the wheel because they will have practiced these situations.
Getting in Practice
The best way to feel confident on the roads is to get in a lot of practice. For the licensed driver in the passenger seat, they have a duty to help correct mistakes and give direction. A driver just learning needs to have reminders throughout the drive to do the things they learned about during driver’s education classes. Learning what to do in specific situations is important in class, but once a new driver is behind the wheel, sometimes they forget what to do.
When driving with a permit, it is important to get a lot of experience with different situations. Most people will want to stick to less busy roads at first but going out onto busier streets with more traffic is important too. When drivers are exposed to busy streets, heavy traffic, and even driving on the freeway, it is important to practice with a licensed driver in the car. This way, they can ask questions and get support while navigating these harder driving situations.
Applying for a License
When it comes time to change the learner’s permit in for a driver’s license, some states require a report of hours driven. Most drivers will have six to twelve months to accrue all the required hours, so take your time in practicing. Be sure to look up all the required paperwork and make an appointment, if necessary, at your local licensure location.
Once a new driver has fulfilled all the requirements, everyone can rest assured that they are prepared to drive on the roads. With all the practice and variety of experiences already seen, new driver’s have a higher chance of staying safe.