Getting a driver’s license is one of the most important milestones for a young adult. For decades, teenagers have looked forward to their first time driving independently at the wheel and the promise of freedom and adventure that comes with access to the open road.
While you can probably remember how excited you felt about getting behind the wheel the first time, you may have a different experience when it is your child who wants to drive. Worries about safety may overshadow excitement for your aspiring young driver.
Oregon has many rules in place intended to reduce the risk for teenage drivers learning how to safely operate a motor vehicle. One important requirement is “practice driving.” How many hours of practice will your teenager need in order to secure their provisional driver’s license?
The number of hours required depends on other educational factors
When your kid wants to get behind the wheel, they will have to do a lot of driving with you, their other parent, or another trusted adult over the age of 21 who has had their license for at least three years.
Youthful drivers have to log a certain number of hours behind the wheel with their provisional instruction permit before they can apply for their provisional license. If your teen driver has completed an approved driver education course, they need to prove that they have completed 50 hours of practice driving to move forward with getting their license.
If your teen hasn’t completed a course, the number of practice hours required goes up to 100. That’s a little over an hour of driving every day for three months.
Getting extra practice hours could be beneficial
Many experts are quick to point out that a lot of the risk that teen drivers have on the road stems not from bad driving decisions but rather from lack of experience. The more time your teen spends practicing, the more quickly they will respond in an emergency situation and the better they will handle the vehicle during their average commute.
Taking time out of your day every day to practice with your teen driver may feel like a burden when you combine it with your household and work responsibilities, but when you consider that it might help keep your teen safe and help them avoid getting into a car crash, it becomes worthwhile.