Before solo driving begins, make sure your teen driver understands the responsibilities of safely operating a vehicle, and is in agreement to do the following:
- Obey the speed limit, always wear a safety belt, don’t drive when fatigued and avoid distractions and aggressive driving.
- Check in 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.
- Make 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.
- Call you for a ride if there is any concern regarding safety.
- Know how to appropriately respond to peer pressure
- Be responsible for any passengers in the vehicle to ensure they buckle up and ride without distracting the driver.
- Continue 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.
- Keep the car clean and full of gas, among other family rules.
- Abide by your family’s parent-teen driving agreement.