That dreaded day has finally arrived! Your teen has come home with a learner’s permit, and now you have a whole new set of worries. How do you keep your teen safe once they get behind the steering wheel? One of the first things you should do is understand exactly what risks are involved in letting your teen drive. Then need to set some guidelines and rules that will help your teen learn responsible driving habits.

Most vehicle crashes involving teens have been related to one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Driver error
  • Speeding
  • Having three or more passengers
  • Drinking alcohol beforehand
  • Driving at night
  • Distractions such as food, music, cell phones, GPS devices

Fatal crashes involving teens are related to one or more of the factors above, as well as not wearing seatbelts.