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Having regular conversations about safety, practicing driving together, and leading by example goes a long way in ensuring your teen makes smart decisions when they get behind the wheel. But there’s another simple step you can take to get on the same page about your family’s rules of the road. Create a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that puts your rules in writing to clearly set expectations and limits.

Talk with your teen and come up with a plan to outline hazards to avoid and consequences for breaking rules. Keep it on the fridge and update it as your teen gains experience and more driving privileges.

As we move into the summer months, it’s important that you begin talking to your children about the importance of making good choices when they’re driving. Summer increases miles driven by 20% and thus increases the likelihood of car accidents. The deadliest months for motor-vehicle collisions are as follows:

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

Considering that the next deadliest month for car collisions is December, teens should practice safe driving all year long. But discussing and adhering to the Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract now can warn your teen of potential dangers, how to stay safe and save lives.

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