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Learning how to drive is step one. Developing "house rules" for your driver is step two. Third is when the teenager actually gets a license to drive.
House Rule for Teen Drivers
That leaves a bunch of parents with a need to discuss house rules. What driving rules should you have with teenagers? What do you need to talk about?
5 Absolute Rules for Teenage Drivers
There are things that are always forbidden, and usually illegal.
Parents need to discuss things that aren't illegal, too. Here are other things to discuss in depth.
When problems occur, try to find natural consequences for behavior. Have teens pay for any tickets, fines, increased insurance rates, or other financial consequences. You may decide that if they lose their driving privileges, you won't drive them around for fun or activities, but only for school-related requirements.
Help the child learn from the consequences. Rather than "lay down the law" without any explanation, discuss what happened and why it was important. This is how your child will learn from what happened, and make sure it doesn't happen again. Hopefully, without anyone having a melt-down.
Provide logical consequences tied to the problem behavior. Breaking the rules about the car means loss of driving for a reasonable amount of time (One day, one week, or one month may be appropriate.) It's best when consequences are related to driving, rather than adding additional chores, for example, while continuing to allow driving privileges.
For parents that would like a written contract, I love the one provided by the CDC, the federal government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Download the CDC Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.
Each child is different, and you may have a different arrangement with each child.
Letting Go When Homeschooling Ends
Nothing is as scary as letting your child drive alone for the first time. You can't control what they will experience, but you can create a family pact for driving expectations. Watching them drive away for the first time is one step among many steps of "Letting Go" as your children grow up. Learn more in this article: The End of Homeschooling: When Did My Baby Grow Up?