Parents, Get Involved!
Parents are the Key to the Safety of Teen Drivers
Statistics show that parents are the number one influence on how their teen drives. Be sure to help your teen become a better driver by following some of the following steps:
Talk to ThemThis sounds rather obvious, but really talk to them. Driving is a serious responsibility with serious consequences if not done correctly. Set ground rules and curfews and make sure they obey all the laws. Leave a good impression and help your teens develop good driving habits for the rest of their lives.
Make a PledgeEnforce safe driving by filling out a written contract with every member of your family. You can find a printer-friendly contract on the top link to the left.
Be a Role ModelIt is well known that teenagers are very impressionable so it is important for you, the parent, to do your part. Teenagers believe that if their parents can do it, why can't they? Follow the same rules you set for your teen; otherwise, every rule you make will not be taken seriously.
Practice driving with them under a variety of conditions.It is easy to only drive with them on sunny days, but it is important for your teen to be familiar with all types of situations. Otherwise, the first time your new driver encounters an unfamiliar condition, it will be when you are not there with them.
Make sure they know the laws of your stateIt is important that your teen knows the laws that come with the privilege of driving. Many states have Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws that include cell phone and texting bans.