Teen Driving Awareness Month on January, 2023: What is the legal driving age in Colorado?
January, 2023 is Teen Driving Awareness Month 2023. Teens Driving Safely Get The Right Information & Breathe Easier As Your Teen Takes The Wheel
If you are 15 years and 6 months but less than 16 years of age, the State of Colorado requires you to:
· -- Attend and complete an approved Pre-qualification 4-hour Driver Awareness Program
· -- OR Attend and complete a State approved 30-hour Driver Education Class or an approved Home Study Education Correspondence Course
Senate Bill 07-77: Motor Vehicals & Traffic Reg's - 6 hours BTW Requirement
Reminders for teenagers, under the age 18, with their Colorado Instruction Permit:
* A teen under the age of 16 may not drive with anyone except their driving instructor, or the parent, legal guardian, or step parent that signed their Affidavit of Liability.
* A teen 16 years of age or older may drive with any licensed driver 21 years of age or older
* No cell phone use while driving.
The Colorado Driving Institute’s primary concern is for the safety of our students. We strongly recommend to all of the new drivers attending our classrooms, regardless of their age, to enroll in the 30-hour Driver Education Class as well as Behind-The-Wheel training lessons. This is an extensive training program that best prepares the students for the day-to-day responsibility of being behind the wheel of a car.
Teen Driving Discounts?
My husband is a State Farm agent, we have State Farm insurance and we have two teen drivers.
You need a 3.0 average or higher, so a B average to get the good student discount. The driver's education course WILL MOST DEFINETLY earn another discount -- also ask your driver's ed school if you took the drug and alcohol awareness portion because that will earn another discount that can be added. If you took that, they will give you a certificate for it. My kids drivers ed classes included that portion so be sure to ask if yours included that too. Last, make sure you ask your agent for the "Steer Clear" program that State Farm offers, which is for drivers under the age of 25, you will have to watch a dvd and stuff, but that will give you yet another discount.
It is good that you are under your parents insurance, that is thee cheapest way for a teen to get insured. If your parents are in good standing with State Farm, which means they are listed as "Mutual" customers (ask them they should know) then you will probably not find any other insurance company to beat them. Just DRIVE SAFE, don't get any speeding tickets or accidents and you will be fine. Also, if your parents have their home insured with State Farm, that earns a multi-line discount. More than one car for the household will get another multi-car discount.
My son has a 2010 Dodge Charger, he is 18. We have extremely high limits (because we carry a personal liablity umbrella policy to protect our assets) with all kinds of coverages and his portion only comes out to $130 per month. Very do-able for a teen with a part time job.
I would suggest having your parents read what I wrote, and have them call their agent to discuss options. I think if your parents have assets they want to protect, they should look into having a personal liability umbrella policy (PLUP) like us -- it is very inexpensive and well worth having. Good luck
Do u text and drive.?
The CDC just reported that 60% of older teens routinely Text and Drive. I think its starting to become clear that legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I also read that over 3/4 of teens text daily - many text more than 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook - even with their professors. Tweens (ages 9 -12) send texts to each other from their bikes. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.
I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a texting asset called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected. This software is a social messaging tool for the end user that also empowers this same individual to be a sustainably safer driver.
Erik Wood, owner
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