Teen Driver Guide is a short 3 part series for (stressed) parents looking to help their kids get behind the wheel…for the first time.
Part 2 – Buying a Vehicle: New or Used?
Before handing your adolescent the keys and setting him/her loose on the road, take time to set boundaries by creating a driving contract like this.
A driving contract is an agreement between you and your child that establishes a set of rules and expectations he/she will abide by in order to keep the privilege of being allowed to drive. This will help hold your novice driver accountable, and it will also allow you to further cement what habits a cautious driver should practice.
6 things to keep in mind when drawing up a teen driver contract:
- All parties in the car will wear their seatbelts at all times.
- Graduated licensing laws will be followed (if applicable).
- Curfews will be respected.
- No distractions (using the phone, eating, changing radio stations, grooming, etc.) will take place.
- No driving if tired or intoxicated.
- All traffic laws will be followed.
Takeaway: putting it all together
Picking out your teen’s first vehicle is an exciting moment, though it can also be overwhelming. Dealing with high insurance rates, searching for a vehicle that is both affordable and safe, and making sure your son or daughter is responsible enough to have his/her own car can certainly be taxing.
Hopefully this information helps highlight how you can make this process go as smoothly as possible so that you can focus on the joy and enthusiasm your teen will feel when he/she gets to take the car for a first-ever solo drive.
Finally, remember, one day these teens will grow up and likely be driving your butt around – so all your stress now will be well worth it later…right?
Part 1 – Expect High Insurance Rates