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Teen Driving

The Idaho DMV has a website devoted entirely to teen drivers.  The goal of this website is to acquaint teen drivers with the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) process, rules-of-the-road, safety issues and more, and the Idaho DMV does a great job of relating to teen drivers by using teen lingo and incorporating graphics and music.  This is truly a ‘must-see’ for all Idaho teen drivers.

 The following content is taken directly from the Idaho DMV website.  Visit the website to check out more cool tips and tricks! 

  • Permit Yourself - Hey guess what? No matter how much a whiz you think you are behind the wheel, you could still always use some practice. That's what a learner's permit is for. Think of it as training wheels for your real license. Thing is, those wheels gotta come off sometime. So there's some stuff you have to know and do while you have your permit.
  • Permit Permitted - Think you can just turn 15, complete an application, show some ID, pay a few bucks and get your permit? Sorry, Bunky. You need to take and complete an Idaho-approved driver education course to get your Supervised Instruction Permit. But hey, at least that way, you'll appreciate it more.
  • Minor in Possession - There are some things you definitely shouldn't be possessing when you're a permitted driver. (You can probably guess what those things are.) But as for the permit itself, you should always have that in your possession when you're driving. In a shirt pocket, wallet, purse, tube sock, whatever. That's OK, though. As long as it's in your possession, you don't have to tell us where you put it.
  • Don't Mess with It - Hey, look: your permit's not your own personal canvas for self-expression or fraudulent behavior. The Great State of Idaho thinks your permit is just fine the way it is. So don't try to change it, make copies of it, laminate it (if you're especially conscious of soil and grime) or any other such unholy thing. It's beautiful. Let it be.
  • Lifespan of a Bug - Once you get your permit you have one year to use it, because that's how long it's valid. But if you get your driver's license before that year is up, it's not necessarily invalid, it just doesn't matter anymore. Like that skateboard you used to think was so hot but you gave to your kid brother. You can still carry your permit with you places, though, if you've become attached to it.
  • Day One in Permitville - The day after you get your permit, you start counting down a four-month Supervised Instruction Period, which basically means you have four months to get your practice in before you can take your test and get your license. Wouldn't it be great if you had four months to practice for all your tests?
  • Half-a-Buck-a-Practice - When your Supervised Instruction Period starts, it's time to get busy. You need to log at least 50 hours (that's hours, not minutes) of practice before the four months are over. Oh, and another thing: 10 of those hours gotta be at night. So switch on those high-beams and hit the road!
  • You Have Company - So this is the "Supervised" part of "Supervised Instruction Permit." When you're driving with your permit, you can't be just by yourself, or even cruising around with friends. Nope, you have to have a qualified supervising driver with you in the front seat. They have to be at least 21, and have their own valid driver's license. Hate to break it to you, but for most teens, that's usually mom or dad. But that's OK, just keep 'em away from your friends and you can avoid any possible embarrassment.
  • Oh, Behave - How much do you love your permit? Well that's just great. But no one ever said you could keep it no matter what. It can be cancelled if not treated properly. For example, if you violate a traffic law or permit restriction?boom: cancelled. Or the court can order it suspended. So if you truly love your permit (and ever want to get your license), watch yourself.
  • The Whole Point - So why do you get a learner's permit? Just checkin' to see if you're paying attention. After you've completed your 50 hours of practice (with at least 10 at night) within your four-month practice period, and you're at least 15 years of age, you can apply for your official Idaho state driver's license. But hey, 50 hours is just a minimum; if you want to practice more during your practice period, go nuts! It would probably make you even more prepared for your driver's test.


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