February 15, 2013

Program assists Maine parents of teens learning to drive

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine's secretary of state has launched a new program to help teenagers and their parents at what can be a stressful time: when kids are learning to drive.

Secretary of State Mathew Dunlap says The Parent's Supervised Driving Program aims to optimize the 35 hours of supervised driving teens are required to complete under parental supervision before receiving a license.

The program features a booklet with driving lessons parents can teach their children while they're going through the supervised training period.

The program recommends that parents and teens practice specific skills in a methodical manner and to drive in a variety of weather conditions and unfamiliar settings so the teens are prepared for the responsibility that comes with driving.

Information on the program can be found at www.theparentssuperviseddrivingprogram.com.

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