Get involved and stay involved. Know where your teen is going, with who and when they will be driving.
Always wear a seatbelt. More than 70 percent of teens who died in motor vehicle crashes in 1997 were not wearing safety belts.
Parent Teen Agreement. Create an agreement with your teen that outlines your rules for having driving privileges. Include things like curfews, restricted driving times (holidays, evening, weekends), and so forth and the punishment for breaking any part of the agreement.
Provide proper training. The first year of driving is a high-risk period. A number of factors come into play. Inexperience, nervousness, peer pressure, distractions and lack of practical skills can lead to bad decisions behind the wheel. Develop a training program that either you administer or a properly experienced driver administers to train your teen how to drive safely and responsibly.
Drugs, Alcohol and driving are a deadly mix. Teach your teens the dangers of driving under the influence of anything.
Keep both hands on the wheel and avoid distractions. Enforce your teens to always keep both hands on the wheel and they'll avoid most of the distractions that cause serious crashes. Changing cds, talking on the cell phone, driving with passengers when they are still unexperienced are just some examples of distractions that can take your teens eyes off the road and into danger.
Driving at night and on weekends. Due to decreased visibility at night as well as increased traffic on the roads, when teens first start driving, it’s a good idea to place limits on late-night driving and weekends.