One of the biggest responsibilites that parents eventually
have to turn over to their children is the priviledge
But letting kids get behind the wheel should come
with some serious expectations from their parents.
In Parenting Today.
a look at setting some ground rules for new drivers.
With the beginning of the new school year we'll have
lots of new teen drivers on the road, some are taking
their drivers ed for the first time.And you have a
specific statitic you share with us.
Last ear, more than 3,500 teens were killed while
And over 350,000 teens were injured behind the wheel.
Our goal here today is to make sure your teen is a
How do we figure that out? We are going to do a little
true ans false here that you can ask yourself this.
First of all, true or false,MY TEEN PAID FOR AT LEAST
HALF OF THE COST OF HIS/HER VEHICLE AND INSURANCE?
Here's another one, MY TEEN USES MY CAR AND HAS MADE
A DEPOSIT INTO MY SAVINGS ACCOUNT EQUAL TO THE INSURANCE
DEDUCTIBLE? True or false? MY TEEN IS RESPECTFUL
AND FOLLOWS THE RULES OF OUR HOME AND HIS/HER SCHOOL?
And finally, you can ask yourselves, MY TEEN HANDLES
HE/SHE DOES NOT LOSE HIS/HER TEMPER EASILY? So now
we are going to take those things that you've either
answered true or false to and add to them some things
we call life savers.Truly they can be lifesavers for
So lifesaver one is about what? make sure they make
a meaningful contribution.
That doesn't mean they fill-up the has tank from time
But they contribute half or
all of the insurance deductible.So
here is the language I like.
Feel free to use the family car when we don't need
it and just as soon as you put in half of the deuctible
into our account.
Because they found that kids that are making that
kind of contribution to the vehicle tend to take better
care of it too.
When we're invested, we take care of things.
Here is lifesaver number 2.
And this one is about the rules of the home spilling
over to the rules of the road.
I let kids drive when I don't have to worry aboit
them following the rules of the house or the rules
Because if they can take care of those two things,
chances are good, it's not a guarantee.
Chances are good that they will carry over to the
Here is some language I like here too.
When I know you are ready to follow the rules at home
and at school I would be more than comfortable to
let you use the family vehicle.
That's probably true.
When you look at how they are doing at home amd school,
is probably a good indicator.
Lifesaver number 3.
Now this one is about how a child handles frustrations.
We talk about road rage.
If a child can't handle frustration at home or at
Maybe boyfriend girlfriend stuff.
How do we expect them to handle that guy who cuts
them off suddenly? We want to be able to make sure
that they can handle the day to day stuff.
So I like the language, When i know you can handle
your frustrations at home and at school be happy to
let you have your own vehicle or use the family vehicle.
So once again, you heard what that quiz was.
What you answered true or flase to and use those as
a guideline especially if you have a new driver at
your house.Here's to having a safe driver throughout
the school year.
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