Parents

YOU set the standards

  • Expectations – the earlier you start talking about safe driving habits, the better
  • YOUR rules and limits – set rules about driving at night, having passengers and cell phone use. Limit their distractions!
  • Seat belt use – statistics indicate teens buckle up far less frequently than adults and primarily boys are less likely to wear their seat belts than girls.
  • Consequences – explain the consequences of poor driving habits before they happen. What will happen if they get a speeding ticket?
  • REMEMBER – more than 5,000 teens (15 – 20 years old) are killed in crashes on our roadways every year


Practice matters

  • Experience matters – as with other activities, if you want your student to be a good driver they need a lot of practice driving
  • Put them in situations – practice driving with your student at night & in poor weather conditions
  • 3 out of 4 teens say YOU (their parents) are the biggest influence on their driving habits

Oklahoma’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL)

  • Know & follow the law – help keep your teen alive by insisting they follow the GDL rules
  • Restricts driving – your newly licensed teen will have an intermediate driver’s license for 6 months (after they pass their drive test for teens under 18)
  • Limits passengers – students can have only 1 passenger in their car (who is under 21 and not a family member) more passengers in your teen’s car, the higher the risk of a fatal crash
  • Limits driving times – newly licensed teens can only drive from 5am-10pm (unless driving to & from school, work or church or if a licensed driver age 21 or over is seated next to them)
  • No cell phones – it is illegal for students (with a permit or intermediate license) to use an electronic hand held device while driving – this includes cell phones, MP3 players, GPS & IPADs while driving

 

“I promise to those I love… not to drink and drive, not to text while driving, not to drive recklessly, I promise to always wear my seat belt.”

Learn more about I Promise HERE