Parent/Teen Vehicle Use Agreement
Parental involvement is a vital part of your child's experience
toward becoming a safe driver. Work together with your teen
to help him or her learn safe driving skills and responsible,
economical vehicle use by following these guidelines. Click here to complete the online Vehicle Use and
Operation Agreement form.
Parent Guidelines - A Partnership for Survival
There are several agreements parents and young drivers can
make to reduce the likelihood of crashes. New drivers should
use alcohol or drugs before they get behind the wheel or
allow the use of alcohol or other drugs in the vehicle.
sure that everyone in the vehicle wears seat belts at all
the number of passengers.
high-risk driving situations during the first year behind
the wheel. Examples: adverse weather, congested traffic,
unsupervised long trips.
drive when excessively fatigued, angry, or upset.
Guidelines for Implementing a Parent-Teen
Be an Example
is learned, not innate.
is unreasonable to expect your child to behave differently
than you do when driving or caring for a vehicle.
there are preteens in the family, prepare them to take responsibility
as a part of growing up.
over the contract with your son or daughter.
in the blanks where applicable.
to your child's point of view.
driving privileges to school performance and overall behavior.
consequences of failure to meet contract provisions.
that you will not accept irresponsible behavior.
Be Positive and Emphasize:
concern for your child's safety and welfare.
hopes for your child's future.
expectations concerning responsible behavior.
driving is a privilege and a reward for responsible behavior.
of family resources as an important need.
4. Be vigilant
Let your child
know that together you and he or she will be inspecting the
with maintenance requirements.
for abusive use or adequate pressure.
level and mileage before and after child uses car.
for clues of drinking or other drug abuse.
promptly if there is an infraction of the agreement.
longer you wait to impose consequences, the weaker the link
can be perceived as a sign of weakness.
Be Firm, but Gentle
the contract do the talking.
disappointment when rules are broken.
not negotiate consequences for infractions.
firm. Do not change your mind.
your anger show, but do not allow it to take over.
your child is not accustomed to obeying regulations to the
letter, he or she may protest loudly when sanctions are
imposed. Do not cave in to the uproar.
each infraction the same way each time it occurs.
parents must provide a united front on issues. Do not allow
yourselves to be divided and conquered.
credibility and the power of the agreement will be weakened
if you are not consistent in your enforcement and application
all the facts before you take action.
your child that other families are also using the parent-teen
agreement and that he or she is not being singled out as
flexibility could lead your child to drive at breakneck
speeds to meet deadlines.
careful not to allow exceptions too frequently, otherwise
your exceptions become the rules, and your agreement loses
of the tradeoff game. You deny the driving privilege on
Friday night, but your child wants to trade for the following
Friday night instead.
the negotiation game in which your child wants to bargain
for extra miles or extra driving time.
Be in Control-Be Alert for Games
strike: "I won't study if you won't let me have the car."
likes me: "This is the only way I can make it with the group."
tickets are bought: "Now you'll make all of us waste money."
else can drive: "You're spoiling the fun for all of us."
excuse game: "We ran out of gas." "I had to take everybody
love must be unconditional.
contract provides for withholding privileges, not withholding