Parent-New Driver Agreement
Having a driver’s license means freedom and independence. For many teens, earning a license to drive is seen as a “Rite of Passage”. However, it is not a “Right”, it is a privilege, and that privilege comes with great responsibility. Leading by example, practicing driving together and having regular conversations – not lectures – about safety can help parents impart a level of experience and wisdom needed to New Drivers to help them make smart behind-the-wheel choices.
The Starr Group offers a Parent-New Driver Agreement to get the New Driver discussion started. Teens need – and want – to know exactly what is expected of them. Working together with your teen, this Agreement allows you to put your family rules in writing, clearly setting expectations, limits and consequences for breaking rules. Keep it on the fridge as a reminder and update it as your teen gains experience… and more driving privileges!
Download a copy of the Parent-New Driver Agreement today!
The Conversation Starters (Statistics)
- Six teens are killed every day from motor vehicle injuries 1
- 21% of serious teen driver crashes were due to driving too fast for road conditions 2
- 10% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. 3
- Parents are the #1 influence on teen Drivers 5
- 84% of parents and 79% of teens admit to speeding 5
- About half of teen drivers will likely crash before graduating high school 7
- Teens are 4x more likely to be killed in a car crash with 3 or more friends in the car 8
- 61% of teen passengers killed in a car crash weren’t wearing a seat belt 6
- 6 PM to midnight is the most deadly time for teens on the road 6
Resources for Wisconsin Parents and Teen Drivers
1 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2014
2 - Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of Teen Driver Errors Leading to Serious Motor Vehicle Crashes. . April 2011.
3 - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.. Washington, DC. April 2015.
5 – The Allstate Foundation’s 2015 Driving Change Report
6 – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Teen Fatality Facts
7 – National Safety Council
8 - Tefft, Brian C., Allan F. Williams, and Jurek G. Grabowski. “Teen Driver Risk in Relation to Age and Number of Passengers.” (2012): 1. Print