Learning how to drive is an important goal for most teens. However, it can be very stressful for parents. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for young adults between the ages of 16 and 20. Two-thirds of the teens killed are males.
All 50 states have a Graduated Licensing System for teen drivers. This includes a learner’s permit, an intermediate or provisional license, and a full-privilege license. Some states spell out how much driver training is required, how many passengers are allowed, and some restrict driving at night. Make sure you understand your state’s laws. Here are some driving safety tips for parents and teens.
Some parents use a safety contract that both parents and teen sign. Driving safely is not just protection for the teen, but also for everyone else on the road. Driving a vehicle is a privilege, not a right. Make the consequences of breaking the contract clear. Below are some things that you may want to include in the contract.