As a part of their obligation to help their children become responsible and safe drivers, parents and guardians should:
- Talk to teens about safe driving skills before they turn 16.
- Establish a parent/teen driving contract.
- Strongly encourage teens to avoid distractions behind the wheel.
- Limit the number of passengers teens are allowed to have in their vehicle.
- Limit dawn, dusk and nighttime driving until teens gain more experience, and enforce a curfew. Remember, state law prohibits 16- and 17-year-olds with a junior license from driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Gradually increase the amount of time and distance teens are allowed to drive.
- Enforce the need to obey speed limits and other rules of the road.
- Ride with their teens occasionally to monitor driving skills.
- Always set a good example.