Why are parents so important in teen driver safety?

Crash risk is low during the learner phase when all teen driving is supervised. However, the risk of crash quickly increases for all teens when they move on to unsupervised driving. Parents have a critical role in their teen’s safety during this phase.

The first months of driving on their own are the most dangerous for every new driver.

graph of crash raet by month

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How you can help your teen drive safely:

During the Learner phase:

  • Supervise your teen’s practice driving and provide important coaching and instruction. Be a role model for safe driving.
  • Use the Parent Guide for Coaching Teen Drivers, a booklet created by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

During the First License phase:

  • Complete a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to set privileges that will give your teen experience in less risky driving conditions before they’re exposed to higher risk conditions. You and your teen are then clear about where and when they can drive.
  • Continue to monitor your teen’s unsupervised driving, including the conditions they drive in and how they are driving.
  • Make opportunities to ride with your teen to continue giving them supervised practice in riskier conditions.
  • Frequently emphasize that your teen follows all traffic laws and the terms of their driving agreement.
  • Evaluate your teen’s driving and adjust their driving privileges as they gain more experience.

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