Thanks to education and policy efforts, the number of teenagers dying in automobile accidents has declined significantly over the past 40 years. Despite this decrease, car crashes remain the number one cause of death and serious injury in the teenage population.
While nothing can fully guarantee your child’s safety, there are many ways you can help encourage your teenager to drive responsibly. The Checkpoints Program encourages parents to create a safe driving agreement for each of their teen drivers. In these written agreements, parents and teens outline and agree to rules for driving, including driving hours, number of passengers allowed in their car, seat belt use, driving in inclement weather, distance allowed from home and avoidance of risky driving behaviors.
These agreements should also include a rule that your teen driver will never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or ride as a passenger with a driver who is impaired. As part of this clause, parents agree that they will always provide a safe ride home when asked, no questions asked at the time.
Once you finalize the terms of your agreement, you should print it out and the teen and parents should sign it. Leaving it in a place where everyone can periodically review the rules is highly recommended.
If you would like more information about how to create your own teen driver safety agreement, visit http://www.youngdriverparenting.org/.
If you or someone you know was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Denver, call Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson at (303)-458-5000 for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who can help you during this difficult time.