Driving

Why Have a Driving Contract?

Simple: People learn best when they hear and read expectations and consequences.

Simple: People learn best when they hear and read expectations and consequences.  If you’re a teen, it’s better to know the expectations instead of getting grounded when they weren’t clear (and let’s face it—the freedom of driving makes it hard to remember what Mom said as you were driving away!) Parents, it makes it easier to be systematic by having expectations in writing and taking time to discuss them.   

Here’s some key areas to document: 

  • Rules of the road reminders (seatbelts, traffic laws, speed limits) 
  • Home rules (curfew, gas fill-ups, grades) 
  • Consequences of bad decisions 

Here are some great templates you can adapt: 

> www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey 

> www.childrensal.org/safe-teen-driving-toolkit 

www.alabamapublichealth.gov/teendriving 

Check out the newest website resource:  www.AlabamaHealthyTeens.com 

We love this new website with links to information and resources that will give you tips on developing and maintaining a healthy body, healthy relationships, and healthy habits.  As a young man or young woman, you make many adult decisions that will affect your body for several decades – this website provides non-judgy information to help you make informed decisions to protect you for years to come.  These topics include healthy relationships, driver safety, suicide, STDs, family planning, along with several topics on healthy eating and body health.  It’s easy to navigate with great links—check it out!  

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