National You Matter to Me Day is Oct. 7 – an incredible opportunity for parents to tell teens how much they matter. Signing a parent-teen driving agreement is a good way to mark to holiday. In order to have driving privileges, and the agreements show simply how much parents care about their teens’ safety, parent-teen driving agreements establish a set of household rules teens are required to follow.
Statistically, parents who show they care raise better drivers. Studies have found teens with supportive, involved parents who set rules and monitor driving are two times as likely to wear seat belts, 70 percent more unlikely to drink and drive, half as likely to speed and 30 percent not as likely to use a mobile phone while driving. A national survey in the Allstate Foundation showed 79 percent of parents support signing a parent-teen agreement after teens receive licenses.
A written, signed agreement from a parent plus a teen driver should include clear expectations and also the consequences for violating restrictions. Restrictions might be stronger than others outlined in state laws, too. No state’s teen driving laws fully protect teens from your risks they face while learning to drive, which is why parental involvement can produce a difference for novice teen drivers.
DriveitHOME can help parents understand why teens crash, how to coach teen drivers and how to craft a powerful parent-teen agreement.