A contract to drive
A written, signed agreement (some call it a contract) with your teen is a great way to help reduce crash risk.
It can be very simple, and we offer a version you can print and discuss.
But you can also create your own.
Make sure you set clear expectations and that you both understand how these can change over time. Restrictions should be set early in the process and later relaxed as your teen gets more experience on the road.
The best agreement is a written document. It contains restrictions, privileges, rules and consequences. It is a reference. It makes it hard for either you or your teen to "forget" or bend the rules. It's a big help when the inevitable request for an exception arises. And when that exception is granted it helps to ensure that it stays an exception.
The agreement might include financial issues, personal safety, maintenance procedures and ways the family will share the car. We advise you keep the document as simple as possible and focus on driving safety.