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Plain Talk From Parents

My daughter is 15 and will soon be driving.  This is a huge responsibility- her safety and the safety of others.  Do you have any tips that can help us help her?

First of all, some parents have decided to make “contracts” with their children outlining the expectations parents have for their kids in exchange for certain privileges they choose to extend to their children; such as, driving, internet use, etc.  We have been fortunate to have received from another parent, an excellent “Contract for Safe Driving”.  Please download it here, modify it to fit your needs, or use it in its entirety.  We have not seen a better agreement anywhere. 

You can also share with your daughter the top 10 tips for preventing teen accidents put together by GEICO.

  1. Develop a responsible attitude about driving.
  2. Have as much supervised driving practice as possible with parents so they can supervise teen driving.
  3. Always wear your seat belt.
  4. Understand the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and with others who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  5. Limit the number of passengers in the car.  Risk of fatal crashes increases with every additional passenger
  6. Limit nighttime driving because the risk of fatal crash is 3 times higher at night than in the day.
  7. Keep it slow and safe for starters.  Stay away from fast moving, high volumes of traffic until you have had adequate supervised driving experience.  Gradually introduce more difficult driving situations, such as highway driving, merge ramps and major urban areas.
  8. Train for poor weather conditions by getting as much supervised practice on the road as you can in rainstorms, snow, wind, sleet and ice.
  9. Use cell phones for emergencies only and if it is necessary to use a cell phone, pull over to the side of the road.
  10. Drive a safe vehicle.  Pay proper attention