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California Laws & Regulations for Teen Drivers Back to Top
Licensing & State Laws in California
California’s multi-stage licensing process allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. The provisional permit and provisional stages are key steps.

Driver Education for the Homeschooled Student in California Back to Top
Driver Ed in a Box®
Driver Ed in a Box® is a parent taught driver education course offering both classroom and in-vehicle phases. This course offers interactive CDs, audio CDs, and a DVD. They also include a Parent Companion with instructions and information to assist you during the training of your new driver.
National Driver Training
National Driver Training is a nationally certified program that offers parent taught driver education materials. Their approach is Graduated Driver Licensing, beginning with classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, and moving into additional hours behind-the-wheel. They measure achievement and graduation on performance skill and experience, not on a training clock.

Driver's Ed Resources Back to Top
Crash-Proof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver
Timothy C. Smith
Publisher: Touchstone
Published: 2006
Manufacturer: Touchstone
Every year, six million sons and daughters will become first-time drivers. Fifty-eight percent of them will be involved in a car accident within a year of getting their license, and a significant portion of these crashes will be fatal. But here's the good news: research has shown that car crashes can be reduced by up to 30 percent when you, the parent, are actively involved in your teen's instruction and set certain limits.

In Crashproof Your Kids, certified driving instructor and dad Timothy Smith has combined the collective wisdom of numerous experts to develop the Crashproof Plan: a series of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to improve your teen's driving awareness, behavior, and skill in a way that fits your schedule. Written in a highly accessible, informal, and often humorous style, this comprehensive plan begins where drivers' education programs end, and includes:

• A step-by-step plan to develop your teen's braking, car control, and defensive driving skills

• How to handle road emergencies and basic car maintenance

• Tips on helping your teen deal with dangerous distractions, including peer pressure and the use of alcohol and drugs

• The Crashproof Contract, which outlines the expectations, responsibilities, and rules of the road for both the teen and the parent

You'll get plenty of help on how to communicate vital driving concepts to your teen, and you'll laugh, learn, and sympathize with stories from parents who have already been there. Crashproof Your Kids is an essential resource for any parents wanting to help their teenagers successfully navigate the single most dangerous activity they'll ever undertake.
DMV Test Practice Driving Questions
Mr Gabe Griffin
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 2013
Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
This book is a selection of 250 questions, answers and rationales in printed form. Questions pertain to national driving standards and are not specific to any single US state. Learn where your knowledge strengths and weaknesses are before you show up to the DMV to take your actual exam.
How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver
Ben Collins
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Published: 2016
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
Here's the ultimate guide to being the best—and safest—driver possible. And an absolute must for everyone with a learner's permit. Former Top Gear Stig and professional driver Ben Collins shares expert skills culled from a twenty year career as one of the best drivers in the world, famous for racing in the Le Mans series and NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile, and dodging bullets with James Bond. Refined over thousands of hours of elite-level performance in the physics of driving, his philosophy results in greater control and safer, more efficient and fun driving for all skill levels.
Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving
Tim Hollister
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Published: 2013
Manufacturer: Chicago Review Press
Most driving literature for parents focuses on how to teach a teen to drive, without explaining why teen driving is so dangerous in the first place or giving parents a plan to preempt the hazards teens face. By contrast, Not So Fast empowers and guides parents to understand the causes and situations that most often lead to teen crashes and to take specific, proactive steps—before and each time a teen driver gets behind the wheel—to counteract them. This authoritative guide tackles hot button issues such as texting and distracted driving, parenting attitudes (conscious and unconscious), and teen impairment and fatigue—and includes a combination of topics not found in other teen driving guides, such as:
  • How brain development affects driving
  • Why driver’s ed does not produce safe drivers
  • How and why to prepare a “flight plan” for each drive before handing over the keys
  • How and when to say no
Pass Your California DMV Test Guaranteed! 50 Real Test Questions! California DMV Practice Test Questions
Richard Crown
Publisher: Objectivity Test Preparation Services
Published: 2015
Manufacturer: Objectivity Test Preparation Services
This book contains the 50 most common questions and answers to the California DMV Written Test. Written by a former DMV classroom instructor and test creator, this straight forward book tells you the most likely questions and answers that will appear on you exam. Typically, at least 70-80% of the questions you encounter will come from these high frequency questions. Pass your test today!
Responsible Driving, Student Edition
McGraw-Hill Education
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Published: 2005
Manufacturer: McGraw-Hill Education
This easy-to-read book features explanations of safe driving techniques and is used in many states as a textbook for in-class driving instruction. It is a great learning tool for a new driver and a good refresher for the more experienced driver.
Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens
Phil Berardelli
Publisher: Mountain Lake Press
Published: 2016
Manufacturer: Mountain Lake Press
Sixteen is by far the most dangerous age on the road. A 16-year-old is twelve times more likely than older drivers to die in a crash as a single occupant. Put two young teens in a vehicle, and the odds of death and injury nearly double. Despite these sobering facts, the procedure for obtaining a driver’s license in most states remains minimal. Commercial driving schools, even the most competent and conscientious among them, cannot possibly provide complete instruction. This book helps to address this enormous problem and is an indispensable guide for teaching teens to drive for parents and teens to use together. Each new lesson provides simple instructions and important tips to remember. It also addresses parental issues such as "How do I choose a car for my teen?". With simple graphics, a complete index, "ABC's for the Road," and a mini-encyclopedia for teens, the book offers a valuable tool for all new drivers and their teachers.
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 2009
Manufacturer: Vintage
In this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why plans to protect pedestrians from cars often lead to more accidents. He uncovers who is more likely to honk at whom, and why. He explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our quest for safety, and even identifies the most common mistake drivers make in parking lots. Traffic is about more than driving: it's about human nature. It will change the way we see ourselves and the world around us, and it may even make us better drivers.
What You Don't Know About Driving Can Get You Killed: An expose of phony traffic laws and bad driving habits!
Mr Al Cinamon
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 2016
Manufacturer: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
An exposé of phony traffic laws and dangerous driving habits. The State would like everyone to believe that it cares about your safety. It does not! But, of course, it can't be admitted, so laws are enacted that make you think they care about your safety. In reality, the current crop of laws put you at risk. People need to understand that crashing is a business and the State makes a lot of money from all the transactions that flow from a crash. It's an industry that produces vast amounts of revenue for a lot of people including the State in the form of sales and income taxes. Not only will the hypocrisy be exposed, but suggestions will be offered to help you minimize the risk of crashing.

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Helpful Resources
Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens
Phil Berardelli
Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving
Tim Hollister
How to Drive: Real World Instruction and Advice from Hollywood's Top Driver
Ben Collins
Responsible Driving, Student Edition
McGraw-Hill Education
What You Don't Know About Driving Can Get You Killed: An expose of phony traffic laws and bad driving habits!
Mr Al Cinamon
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