Nix passengers. It’s a fact that teen crash risk multiplies when other teens are in the vehicle. As parents, be prepared to set limits and rigorously enforce them.
No night driving. Since reduced visibility hampers all drivers, this is another area where your inexperienced teen needs your guidance. Either practice with you in the car or prohibit night driving, with the only exception being when it is truly necessary.
Keep setting rules about driving. It isn’t enough to just set driving rules for your teens regarding state laws. Parents should consider setting other rules to encompass driving during inclement weather, in congested urban areas, or any other areas where you feel your teen driver lacks experience to handle driving situations safely. Definitely set rules regarding all types of distracted driving.
The AAA Foundation has sample parent-teen contracts that may help. During Teen Safe Driver Week, October 16-21, 2011 is a good time to sit down with your teen and discuss safe driving behavior, what is permitted and what isn’t. And keep practicing driving with your teen until you feel your child has reached an appropriate level of driving experience.