The excitement of getting the car keys for the first time for a teen is a great feeling. They can't wait to get on the road and show their friends their cool new wheels. As they drive off, there are parents sitting on pins and needles hoping and praying that their child drives safely. This article will help parents to develop a Teen Driving Contract which may help to ease some of that concern.
When developing your own contract with your teen consider the following as things to include in your contract:
Â· Seat Belt Safety Rules â€“ your teen should know that they must ware their seat belts at all times while in the vehicle. Even in park, they should be strapped in for safety.
Â· Teen Passengers Limit â€“ most states are beginning to limit the number of passengers that are in the car with a teen driving. If your state does not already have a number in place, restrict them to two passengers or less.
Â· Driving at Night â€“ teens should limit their night driving to very short distances (a few blocks) or at least be accompanied by an adult skilled driver.
Â· Distractions â€“ forbid cell phone use and text messaging while driving. Also, note that when Emergency (Fire â€“ Ambulance â€“ Police) has their flashing lights on, that means for them to safely pull to the side of the road and stop to let them pass. They should never stop inside of an intersection because the emergency vehicles may need to go through that intersection to aid those in need.
Â· Weather â€“ teens should know to drive with caution when there's bad weather. Parents should take their teens on practice runs in bad weather so that they are more aware of the driving conditions.
Â· Driving Near Large Trucks â€“ often teens try to speed around large trucks such as semi-trucks. They need to know that if they cannot see the driver in the driver's side view mirror that the driver cannot see them. By keeping a good distance away, at least 20 feet, from large trucks can help your teen to be more careful should sudden stops occur.
Â· Speeding â€“ teens must be taught to drive the speed limit.
Â· Consequences â€“ if teens do not obey the driving rules that you have established and they agreed to, then there should be consequences. For example, a parent may decide that since their teen decided to text while driving, they will lose their cell phone privileges for one week.
Here are a Few Tips for Parents:
Â· Check with your local DMV on teen driving pamphlets and booklets. They may even have free courses for teen drivers.
Â· Let your teens get as much practice driving with an adult before you hand them the keys.
Â· Parents should remember that often their teen is watching how they drive. If you obey the driving laws, your teen will be more apt to do the same.
Â· Don't Drink and Drive.