One accident every minute,
one serious injury every minute and a death every 6 minutes,
country loses 90,000 precious lives every year. Many die
pre-mature deaths, particularly teens who have yet to realize
the value of their lives. Parents have an important role
to play to make sure that their teens do not indulge in
driving, unless they are of eligible age, and have undergone
a proper training from a recognized driving school. Parents
have to set an example themselves, as behaviour is learned,
not innate. It is unreasonable to expect our child to behave
differently than we do, when driving or caring for our vehicle.
Do not allow or part with your vehicle unless you are absolutely
clear about the legal consequences and possible mishap that
may happen, out of such favours.
Be positive and emphasize:
The family's concern
for your child's safety and welfare. Explain your hopes
for your child's future and expectations concerning responsible
behaviour. Your teen must be made to understand that driving
is a privilege and a reward for responsible behaviour, love
and affection apart. Conservation of family resources is
an important need, which a teen has to understand. Let your
teen know that together you and he/she will jointly adhere
to the following.
with maintenance requirements.
· Check fuel
level and mileage before and after using the car.
· Ensure that
alcohol will not be consumed before or while driving the
· Punish each
infraction the same way, each time it occurs.
· Both parents
must provide a united front on issues. Do not allow yourself
to be divided and conquered.
· Your credibility
and the power of the agreement will be weakened, if you
are not consistent in your enforcement and application of
· Be fair to
get all the facts before you take action. Strengthen the
concept of Parent Teen Car Use Agreement by motivating your
family friends, so that your teens does not feel that he/she
is singled out as an exception.
Be careful not to allow
exceptions too frequently,
Otherwise your exceptions become rules and your agreement
loses its power.
Lastly, be forgiving.
Your love must be unconditional. The agreement provides
withholding the privileges, not withholding love.
With the crazy Teen drivers, it is time to think about our
own safety and that of our teens and families. Devise a
suitable Parent/Teen Car-Use Agreement