While it will give you a great sense of freedom and accomplishment, it also means taking responsibility for yourself, the vehicle you're driving and your interactions with others on the road.
You can start at age 15 if you go through the High school driver education program, or 16 if you're not in the program.
Applying what you've learned
Your driver education classes, the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook, as well as all your practice time before you got your licence, will arm you with knowledge and skills to drive properly and safely. But without someone there to remind you to always shoulder-check and what the speed limit is, it's easy to slip up. Especially if your friends (or even your family) have bad habits. It's important not to let your good habits slide when you think nobody's looking. Your safety and that of other people is on the line.
Teen drivers have disproportionately high fatality, injury and collision rates. Drivers ages 16-24 tend to take more risks behind the wheel, despite their modest skill level.
In 2016, preliminary data shows that 18 people were killed and 1,082 were injured on Saskatchewan roads when a teen driver was behind the wheel. Although drivers in this age group only represent 6.63% of drivers on the road, they account for 18.3% of major injury collisions and 15.6% of fatal collisions in Saskatchewan.
- Distracted driving (cellphones, texting, changing music, eating, applying makeup, rowdy friends)
- Impaired driving (both alcohol and drug impairment)
- Aggressive driving (speeding, being emotional or impatient when driving)
These problems are also the leading contributing factors in fatal collisions and injuries.
Combat them. Recognize what your weaknesses are come up with a plan to eliminate them. For instance, put your cell phone on airplane mode or in the back seat when you're driving, always plan a safe ride home if you're going to a party, and give yourself extra time to get where you're going so you don't speed. Join SADD or make a safe driving pact with your friends or family.
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