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How to Write a Driving Contract for Your Teen

If you have a new driver in your house and want to lay down the law, this guide will help you keep your little bandit safe and out of trouble.


  • Step 1: Visit insurance company's web site Visit your auto insurance company's web site and download a completed contract to use as a template so you don't feel as if you're driving blind.
  • Step 2: Set up a meeting time Set up a meeting time to negotiate the contract before your teen gets behind the wheel and develops any bad habits.
  • Step 3: Discuss responsibilities Discuss responsibilities, such as car maintenance, paying for insurance and gas, and maintaining good grades.
  • TIP: Create a purse and have your teen deposit money each week or month for things such as gas and maintenance.
  • Step 4: Create a curfew Create a curfew for your young driver and limit distractions like cell phone use and passengers while they are driving.
  • Step 5: Highlight consequences Highlight the consequences for breaking any part of the contract, especially when it comes to drinking, drug use, and seatbelt use.
  • Step 6: Sign, date, and display Sign and date the contract and display it someplace prominent to remind everyone to be safe and responsible.
  • FACT: In 2009, a record-breaking 259-car pileup stretched for over 20 miles on Germany's famed Autobahn highway resulting in 65 injuries but zero deaths.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Contract template
  • Responsibilities list
  • Consequences list
  • Diplomacy
  • Purse (optional)

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