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 ()
- Parents of Young Drivers ()