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If you're under 18 years old, you'll need to complete 60 hours of driving practice with a licensed adult before you'll be eligible to get your regular license. You'll need to show proof of those hours, and 10 hours out of the total must be completed at night.
Gaining driving experience doesn't stop once your vehicle does! The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) offers several videos and DVDs to help further educate and train yourself or your teen driver.
You can find information about the following driver's training videos/DVDs as well as stock and downloading information at the KDLA website.
- Traffic Signs, Signals, and Road Markings.
- Rules of the Road.
- Street Skills.
- The Ultimate Driving Challenge.
- The Blindfold Effect.
- Distracted Driving.
- Defensive Driving: A Crash Course.
- Defensive Driving: Prepared for the Worst.
- Modern Driving Hazards: Road Rage, Cell Phones, and other Hazards.
- Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: A View from the Driver's Seat.
For more information about these educational materials, contact KET at:
KET Enterprise Division
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502
Note that all drivers under 18 years old must complete a Graduated Licensing education course for 4 hours. All counties will have free courses provided by the Transportation Cabinet, and these courses can be substituted by high school driver education classes, as well as private driving school courses that are approved by the Cabinet. You must provide the DDL with a copy of your completion certificate.
Here's a little friendly advice for new drivers from someone who's been there:
- Don't make or receive calls on your cell phone while you are driving. It's bad karma, everyone else on the road will be irritated with you, and you won't realize you're going too slow and swerving all over the place until you cause an accident. Same goes for applying makeup while driving: just don't!
- Don't under any circumstances send a text message when you're at the wheel. The police officer won't be sympathetic when you explain that you absolutely, positively could not wait until you pulled off the road to text "c u soon" to your best friend, so instead you rear-ended someone while your eyes and thumbs were busy on the keypad.
- Wear your seatbelt every time you get into a car.
- Always drive the speed limit.
- Listen to your stereo at a low enough volume you can hear emergency sirens.
- Take the rules of the road seriously.
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