"Do your homework. Clean your room. Help with dinner. No phones at the table. Be back by nine. Go the speed limit and drive carefully."
While household chores and curfews are some of the more common house rules, parents should also make it a priority to set driving rules with their teen. Since teenagers are still learning the ways of the road and trying to get comfortable behind the wheel, newly licensed drivers can benefit from having some limitations on their driving privileges. Creating a parent-teen driving contract is a great way to discuss what you expect from your teen driver and set clear rules for when they are driving without adult supervision.
Jointly coming to an agreement with your teen on a list of household driving rules is the best approach. Some obvious and nonnegotiable rules should include wearing a seat belt at all times and not using a cell phone while driving. Other items can be modified over time, depending on if the contract is being upheld. For example, a curfew could be extended an hour or two. New driving privileges can be introduced as teens gain more driving experience and maturity. Likewise, privileges can be taken away when the rules defined in the driving contract are not followed.
ALINK Insurance Services wants your teen, their passengers, and everyone else sharing the road to be safe. Click here to access our Parent-Teen Driving Contract form and talk to your teen today about their responsibilities behind the wheel.
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