Stage 3: Goals Checklist

If your teen has successfully completed the items below, they’re probably ready to move on to Stage 4.

  • Has developed a Space Management System.
    • Scans all areas around the car including other cars, traffic signals, pedestrians, and bicycles.
    • Scans all six space management zones by turning head and using all three mirrors.
    • Scans instinctual range, scan and evaluate range, and long term range.
  • Accurately determines closure rates.
  • Safely enters intersections with a large gap by accurately determining closure rates.
  • Can perform two-point turns:
    • Front-entry on the right side of the road.
    • Rear-entry on the right side of the road.
    • Front-entry on the left side of the road.
  • Executes three-point turns in only three points without blocking traffic for extended periods of time.
  • Performs a U-turn safely.
  • Has thoroughly enjoyed themselves during several role reversal sessions (assuming you could handle the abuse).
  • Drives at night safely.
    • Understands the dangers and risks of night driving and makes adjustments to their driving behavior accordingly.
  • Maintains a minimum three-second following distance in optimal conditions. Increases following distance to four or more seconds during dangerous driving conditions such as night driving.
  • Understands which direction major roads run. For example, they know the direction the major cross street near your house runs.
  • Knows how to find their location on a map.
    • Can plot a course home from a random location on a map.
  • Can identify how an intersection is controlled.
  • Accurately determines a point-of-no-return when approaching an intersection controlled by a traffic signal.
  • Knows the dangers and risks of intersections.
  • Understands right-of-way rules at intersections (especially three-way and uncontrolled intersections).
  • Can focus on driving for 45 minutes to an hour.

Continue on to Stage 4: Overview

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