For years, your teen has watched you drive and some of your habits are likely to work their way into your teen’s own driving behavior. Parents, after all, are the number one influence on teen driving habits.
Labor Day signals the end of summer and for many Americans it is their last chance to relax before the weather turns cool again. But don’t let your relaxation get in the way of your teen driver’s safety.
Are you teaching your teen to drive but not quite sure where to begin? DriveitHOME can help! We’ve developed practice tips and lessons for each week of the year so your teen’s learning process can be as smooth as possible. The lessons are a simple click away and, just like that, you’re on track to teaching your teen to drive – the right way.
Research shows that if parents make and enforce family driving rules that are stricter than state laws, their teens will generally be safer behind the wheel. At DriveitHOME.org, we encourage parents to use a document – called a parent/teen agreement – to help develop and customize those rules for each family.
Since I started blogging about safe teen driving four years ago, I have gotten calls on occasion from parents, asking for advice about how to handle their teen drivers. Most recently, I received two calls from mothers who were calling out of fear and panic. Below, as excellent illustrations of the dilemmas of parents, I have recounted their pleas and my responses:
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.