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Ground Rules for Teen Drivers

Setting ground rules for teenagers is an effective method of engaging them in a conversation about responsible driving. You just might save yourself some stressful confrontations down the road.

Here are some rules you can use for your own teen. To enforce them, consider adding consequences. And by all means, don’t break them yourself!

  1. I will obey all traffic laws.
  2. I will display consideration for other drivers, bikers and pedestrians.
  3. I will not drive over the speed limit.
  4. I will always wear my seatbelt.
  5. I will not engage in distracting behavior while driving, such as eating, talking on my cell phone, texting, wearing headphones, changing clothes, or looking away from the road to talk to passengers.
  6. I will pull over and park if I need to make a call, read a map/directions, or program my GPS.
  7. I will not allow more than three passengers in my car at one time.
  8. I will not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when I am tired.
  9. I will not be a passenger with a driver who is reckless or has used alcohol or drugs.
  10. I will keep the car clean inside and out and fill the gas tank regularly.
  11. I will pay for all parking and traffic tickets issued to me.
  12. If I am in an accident, I will provide my insurance information and cooperate with the authorities.

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