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Parents and Teen Driving Agreement

1. Before your teen gets in the car with another teen

Questions to ask:
Who is the driver?
How old is the driver?
How long has s/he been driving?
What make of car will s/he drive?
How long has s/he been driving the car your child will ride in?
Is the route the driver is taking to the destination the safest one?
Reminder to give:
Call if you think you'll be late.
Don't rush to make curfew.
Don't get in a car if you feel the driver is unsafe.
Call a trusted adult for a ride back home.
A car accident is the #1 cause of death for teens.
The driver does not have to be drunk or drugged to have an accident - inexperience and immaturity play a huge role.

2. Before you let your teen drive others

  • Make sure your teen has driven alone for 6 to 12 months after the provisional licence.
  • Make sure your teen has had exposure to different driving conditions including nightime, inclement weather, beltway, country roads, etc.
  • Make sure your teen can recognize and will take the safest route.
  • Make sure your teen will not to speed under any circumstances.
  • Make sure your teen will avoid cell phones while driving.
  • Make sure your teen will call a trusted adult if s/he feels his I her driving is impaired
  • Make sure your teen doesn't drive between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for the first 6 months of the provisional licence.
  • Stress the importance of being cautious; When you drive another person you have a life in your hands.

3. Recognizing safe drivers

  • A truly safe driver has had 1000 miles of driving experience in all conditions, including nightime and inclement weather.
  • A safe driver doesn't speed.
  • A safe driver doesn't drink and drive.
  • A safe driver wears his seatbelt.
  • A safe driver doesn't break the law.
  • A safe driver avoids talking on the phone while driving.
  • A safe driver selects the safer route.
  • A safe driver avoids dangerous situations.

Remember: The legal driving age is 18. You don't have to let your teen drive if s/he isn't ready!
(Tips based on science and compiled by Arturo Betancourt, MD, bereaved father of Alicia)

4. Selected Resources for Additional Information on Teen Driver Safety

  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 800
    Arlington, VA 22201
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20590
  • National Safety Council
    1121 Spring Rake Drive
    Itasca, IL 60143-3201
  • National Transportation safety Board
    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC 20594
  • Rookie Driver (Outside Link)


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