For many parents, the teenage driving years are both good and bad. Finally, your kids can drive themselves to their activities, giving you additional free time. But, on the other hand, parents are aware of the statistics and the risks of teens behind the wheel. As a parent, you may feel like you don’t have any control over your teens’ driving, but you do. Here are the two most important things you can do to keep your teen safe:
1. Model the right behavior.
While teenagers may seem like they don’t listen to you anymore, they pay attention to your actions. Make sure you’re doing all the right things and following all the rules when you drive.
2. Put together a formal agreement between you and your teen.
Studies have shown that teens show less risky driving behaviors when there is a formal agreement in place, detailing how they need to behave when they’re behind the wheel. The items in your agreement should align with the behaviors you model on a daily basis. Examples of important components of a formal agreement might include:
Source: "You can keep your teen drivers safer. Here are 7 ways that can help," SafeKids Worldwide