TIPS FOR PARENTS

The information below was developed to help parents with their newly licensed driver.

1.SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" Doesn't Work!

  Complete stops
  Seatbelts
  Head checks
  Acceleration
  Right-of-way
  Discuss what is happening in the traffic safety education course
  Be alert for discussion opportunities (without lecturing)
  Pick up a current driver’s guide from your License office. Study it with your teen and point out when they are obeying these rules on the road. If they aren’t, gently point that out to correct them.
  Set the example you want your teens to follow.. Never use your cell phone while driving - whether it’s a text or just a quick call. It only Takes a second of distraction to result in an accident.
  It is essential that we model good driving behavior and follow the rules of the road. Instructing them to drive properly and then not following those Rules ourselves is hypocritical.
  Washington State has an excellent graduated drivers licensing program, consider implementing your own set of rules until you're comfortable with your offspring's driving skills.

2. SET GROUND RULES:  in order to provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate maturity and responsibility.

Teach your teen to use seatbelts
Know your teenager's friends and their driving habits
 Insist that your teen controls the speed of the vehicle
Prohibit your teen from drinking and driving
Require your teen to observe curfews

 

3. MAKE SURE THE STUDENT IS FAMILIAR WITH ALL CONTROLS AND SAFETY DEVICES WITHIN THE VEHICLE

4. EXPECT YOUR STUDENT TO MAKE MISTAKES

Separate physical errors (turning the wheel too soon) from mental errors
Look for positive situations to make positive compliments

5. REFRAIN FROM TALKING TOO MUCH
 Discuss driving route prior to driving
Give proper advance warnings for maneuvers
 Keep the directions simple

6. REMAIN CALM
keep a sense of humor
Give your teen gentle, constructive critiques of their driving, and keep your temper in check.
  Parent - Teen Agreement : This guide was designed as a teaching tool and it contains valuable advice, checklists, a driving log,
(Click Here) to Download.. No more holding that phone while driving under new law in Washington State. (Click Here) to Download.
Video on the Dangers of Cell Phone & Protective (Click Here) to Download.

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