Your teen is about to start driving. First, take a deep breath. Then learn what every parent should know before handing over the keys.
Your child is now a teenager, and it’s probably hard to believe they are approaching the driving years. It’s an exciting time for teens, and now, more than ever, they need your help.
Parents and guardians are play an important role in helping teens develop safe driving habits. Admittedly it can be a challenging time for both the learner and the parent, but you can do it. Start with a promise to be a coach with love, patience and support. Encourage practice driving to help develop the skills and confidence they will need to safely operate a vehicle under all driving conditions. Have open and honest conversations about their driving privileges, the rules and the consequences. And most important, lead by example.
Let’s start with an agreement.
Talking to your teen about the rules of the road isn’t necessarily easy, but it is important. That’s why we recommend a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to help start the conversation and come up with mutually agreed-upon rules of the road before handing over the keys to the car. Many different templates are available for download. Here is one example:
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