National You Matter to Me Day is Oct. 7 – a great opportunity for parents to tell teens how much they matter. Signing a parent-teen driving agreement is a good way to mark to holiday. Parent-teen driving agreements establish a set of household rules teens must follow in order to have driving privileges, and the agreements show how much parents care about their teens’ safety.
Statistically, parents who show they care raise better drivers. Research has found teens with supportive, involved parents who set rules and monitor driving are twice as likely to wear seat belts, 70 percent less likely to drink and drive, half as likely to speed and 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving. A national survey from The Allstate Foundation showed 79 percent of parents support signing a parent-teen agreement after teens receive licenses.
A written, signed agreement between a parent and a teen driver should include clear expectations and the consequences for violating restrictions. Restrictions can be stronger than those outlined in state laws, too. No state’s teen driving laws fully protect teens from the risks they face while learning to drive, which is why parental involvement can make a difference for novice teen drivers.
DriveitHOME can help parents understand why teens crash, how to coach teen drivers and how to craft an effective parent-teen agreement.
You Matter to Me Day is observed annually on Oct. 7 to encourage people to tell others how much they matter. For more information, visit youmattertomeday.com.