Road Model Tip: Practice what you preach. Starting from the first time your child rides in the car seat they are watching you. If you make exceptions, they will too.
Download an app…like Life360…that can track and share the driving behaviors of everyone in the family. This lets everyone you choose who has the app see each other’s driving history (like speed, sudden acceleration, hard braking). More than just a way to monitor teens, it encourages conversation among all family members about how each is driving, helping create a culture of driving safety within your family.
Road Model Tip: Install the app before your teen starts driving so they can monitor your driving before they hit the road (see pro-tip above). This also lessens their resistance to the app when they begin to drive themselves.
Preparation helps you become a better road model and coach for your teen driver. Here are some resources to help you get ready:
Washington Department of Licensing’s Parents Guide to Teen Driving
Your definitive source for knowing and enforcing driving laws and intermediate driver’s license requirements, including how you can play an active role in your teens driver education.
With interactive tools and resources, including widgets and a webinar for parents, AAA provides parents with great resources
and advice to help them become effective in-car coaches, with advice on managing their teen’s overall driving privileges.
Young Driver Parenting
A non-profit organization offers training, tips and resources for parents, including sample safe driving agreements that parents
and each young driver in the family can sign and follow.
Road Model Tip: Share these resources and tips with other parents…if you and the parents and guardians of your teen’s friends are all in this together, you strengthen the culture of safety that surrounds your teen and their peers.