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It can be terrifying to a parent to hand over the keys to the car. Oftentimes, parents sign a contract with their teen, holding them accountable for good behavior. (See the O’Sullivan Parent/Teen Driver contract here.)
It may seem like Parenting 101, but you need to have open communication with your teen regarding their driving habits and responsibilities. Below, you’ll find the Top 5 topics you should discuss with your teen driver before handing over the keys.
You might even plan a “code” for your teen to use if he or she is in an unsafe situation but doesn’t want to “rat out” a friend. For example, “Mom, I feel really sick. Too sick to drive. Can you come get me?” Giving your teen a way out of unsafe situations is your job as a parent. But make sure not to embarrass your teen in these situations – if you do embarrass your teen, he or she won’t call you the next time!