Even if it provokes the occasional sarcastic comment, it’s a good idea to review your expectations before you hand the keys over to your teen.
Driving solo comes with increased responsibility. Review your family driving agreement and safety-related concepts such as:
- Following speed limits
- Not driving when tired
- Calling for a ride if there’s any concern about safety
- Avoiding distractions
- Always wearing a seat belt
- Having no passengers without your permission and being responsible for any passengers you do allow
- Dealing with peer pressure
The pre-drive check-in
Before hitting the road, make sure your teen knows his or her:
- Route plan
- Return time
If he or she is going to be a passenger with another teen, go over the principles of smart decision making such as not riding in vehicles with multiple teen passengers—and never riding with distracted, drinking or drug-impaired drivers.