Learning to drive is a significant milestone in a young person' s life and it is our goal at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to ensure that when a young person gets behind the wheel, he or she has the best tools available to be a safe, responsible driver. We' ve provided several resources here to help parents and teens make the most of this learning experience:. Distracted driving is a dangerous new trend behind the wheel, with many drivers using electronic devices when their eyes and attention should be on the road. Think it' s no big deal? You' ll think twice after watching this:. Take the pledge to never text and drive, and consider downloading an APP on your phone that will automatically reply to any texts, to let friends and family know you' re focused on driving and you' ll get back to them later.
Number of Licensed Teen Drivers on the Rise
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Teens are getting licensed to drive later than they used to and missing critical safety training as a result, according to Yale researchers. In a study in the July 2 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health , researchers at Yale identified some of the factors contributing to delaying driving licensure, or DDL, and pointed to policy changes that could expand safety training regardless of age. When teens delay getting their driver's licenses, said lead author Dr. Federico E. Vaca, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center DrivSim Lab , they age out of these safety measures which are not required after a person turns We wanted to know, why not?
Get a Driver License - Under 18
Adults over the age of 18 can apply for their driver's license in the State of Illinois very easily and with very limited restrictions from Graduated Drivers License laws. Here's how to apply for your first Illinois driver's license if you are over 18 years old. Teens under the age of 18 will need to be enrolled in a state-approved teen driver education course in order to apply for their first instruction permit also known as a learner's permit. These teen driver ed courses consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of in-car driving instruction. Teen driver education in Illinois is not currently available online.
Ohio uses a multi-stage licensing process for teens. This system allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. Click here for more information.