RULES FOR TEENS
by Katrina Hayday Wester
Is you child about to sit behind the wheel of your family station
wagon? Do they already have wheels of their own? Studies have shown
that teen crash rates for 16-year-old drivers can be reduced by nearly
one-third if some simple precautions are taken. So what are you waiting
for? Here are some rules to follow to make sure your teenager is safe.
The age that a child obtains a Learner’s Permit varies
from state to state, But here are some basic tips:
Make sure your child completes a certified driver’s education
Dedicate an additional 30-50 hours of supervised drive time. Including
Maintain this for at least 6 months before going to the New Driver
Begin this level no earlier than age 16 and a half and maintain the
New Driver level to age 18.
2. Consider restricting unsupervised driving after
9 or 10 p.m. (Exceptions could be for work purposes.)
3. Limit passengers to no more than one when there
is no adult present.
4. Prohibit cell phone use, eating, drinking and
other distractions while driving.
5. Mandatory seat belt use for all occupants.
6. Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol
7. Clean driving record
8. Consider removing privileges if any of the above
rules are broken.