Keys2Drive The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Teen's Role

Teen's Role

Your teen is ready to drive solo, and with that freedom comes responsibility.

Make sure your teen understands the many responsibilities involved in operating a vehicle, which include:

  • Focusing on safe driving by obeying the speed limit, always wearing a safety belt, not driving when fatigued and avoiding distractions and aggressive driving.
  • Checking in with you prior to every trip to give you the destination, route and time expected home. If your teen wants to drive with a passenger, you must provide permission first.
  • Making smart decisions about being a passenger, such as asking your permission before riding with a new teen driver, avoiding riding in cars with multiple teen passengers, never riding with distracted, drinking or drugged drivers and always wearing a safety belt.
  • Calling you for a ride if there is any concern regarding safety.
  • Knowing how to appropriately respond to peer pressure.
  • Being responsible for any passengers in the vehicle to ensure they buckle up, ride without distracting the driver and so forth.
  • Continuing to practice driving with you, especially before trying an unfamiliar driving situation like rush-hour traffic, city driving, narrow country roads, night driving or poor weather.
  • Keeping the car clean and full of gas, among other family rules.
  • Abiding by your family’s parent-teen driving agreement.

 When the policeman brought her home, he told me that Leslie was driving around the neighborhood with the music up really loud and kids hanging out of the windows...

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