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


Got something to say?

All information and advice contained within this website is to be taken at your own risk. Nothing contained within this website should be misconstrued as professional driving instruction.