Getting a driver’s license is an exciting time in a teenager’s life. However, California law is very specific about what teenagers are and aren’t allowed to do behind the wheel. Because driving effects everyone on the road, it’s very critical parent’s know all the rules and regulations pertaining to teenagers and driving. There are reasons why teenagers have different set of driving laws than other drivers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers and after many studies, it’s been concluded that teenagers are more likely to engage in risky behavior.
In order to get a driver’s license, teenagers must have a parent/guardian signature, must pass all vision, traffic laws and sign tests, complete a driver training course, and follow all restrictions pertaining to who can ride with them and at what times.
California uses a graduated driver’s license system. If you’re a minor in California, you must follow these rules:
Teenagers who have provisional licenses may not driver other teenagers. Violating this rule and any other rule set out by the provisional license guidelines is a secondary offense. That means, if you are driving legally, a police officer cannot pull you over. However, if you are breaking any other driving offense, such as speeding, a police officer can pull you over and see if you are violating your license restriction and therefore issue two tickets.
Teenagers who are found violating license restrictions will not incur any points against their license. However, because a ticket for violating a license restriction is only given in conjunction with another driving offense, it is sometimes seen as a red flag.
If a teenage driver gets involved in an accident while violating their license restriction, they may still be covered by their insurance company. Auto insurance companies look at a teenager’s license restriction violation the same as they do a minor traffic ticket. If a teenage driver is convicted of driving without a license, then an issue could come up with insurance, but for the most part, coverage will stay intact.
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