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Tips for Creating a Safe Driver Contract with your Teenage Driver If your teenager is on the verge of getting their driver’s license, you're probably questioning how you should talk about driver's safety with them. You also might be thinking of how to explain all of the many risks they will face and how to reduce them. You're most likely also asking yourself if you'll ever get a good night's rest again once their license, and your car keys, hit their hands! Responsible teen drivers equipped with a complete awareness of risks of the road, and visions of sleep filled nights, do not have to be a fantasy if you and your teen work together to create a Safe Driver Contract. A Safe Driving Contract is an arrangement that you create with your teen to ensure they acknowledge and respect the significance of responsible driving and the repercussions they will face if they do not stick to the agreed upon conditions of your contract. A Safe Driver Contract also helps your teen remember that using the car is a privilege, and not a right. Establishing your Safe Driving Contract There are several steps you and your teen should take when creating your Safe Driver Contract. These steps include: • Come up with fair terms to your contract. This could be punishment for receiving a driving violation or your expectations for your teen driver as far as filling up the gas tank and curfew while driving your car. • Develop consequences for not adhering to the terms of your contract for both parties. You will also need to be held accountable as an example to your teen. Accepting that you have consequences for breaching the terms of the contract shows that this is a document you take seriously, and so should they. • All people in authority should be prepared to enforce the contract with your teen. This includes both parents, grandparents, step-parents, etc. This contract is meant to keep your teenage driver safe, and you can only assume that the people who take a hand in raising your teen will want to abide by your Safe Driving Contract. Let's take an in depth look at each of these steps: Fair Contract Terms The objective of your contract is to ensure your teen driver is a safe driver. Below are examples or terms you could include in your contract: I agree... • Safety will be my first priority at all times • To adhere to the posted speed limit at all times • That I do not know everything. Safe driving comes with experience which I do not have, but Mom and Dad do. I will follow my parent's advice without a debate. 
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