Parent-Teen Driving Agreement
Practice driving will empower your teen. But your rules will provide much needed limits to keep him or her safe. Create rules to address the leading hazards for teen drivers, such as driving at night (see Eight Danger Zones for a full list).
Once you have set the rules, a driving agreement can help you enforce them. Discuss each of the rules with your teen. Talk about why they are important to follow, as well as consequences for breaking the rules. Then, work with your teen to draft and sign a parent-teen driving agreement. Writing the rules into a agreement will put everyone on the same page about your family's rules of the road.
You may choose to hang your parent-teen driving agreement on the refrigerator door to highlight the importance of safe driving. Let your teen know that following the rules and driving safely will result in more driving privileges.
Here is a sample of a parent-teen agreement you can use. Other versions are also available, such as through state departments of motor vehicles and some insurance companies. Whichever agreement you use, feel free to change it so that all of your family's rules—such as making sure everyone wears a seatbelt—are included.
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