As lawyers, we daily encourage our clients to memorialize any agreement in a clearly-worded, signed contract. As parents, perhaps you’ve heard that children sometimes choose not to hear—or they easily forget—things that you’ve said, even when they are truly important. So sometimes, even in parenting, a contract can help make conversations on these truly important things stick, and ensure that all involved parties agree, understand and remember the conversation.
One of the most important conversations you’ll have with your children is the discussion of the responsibilities of driving a car. New drivers are involved in fatal crashes at more than twice the rate of all other drivers. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. And the first year of driving is the most dangerous one of all. Speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving are often the cause of this danger and most often are preventable with the assistance of open and reliable parental communication and firm expectations.
To help parents and teens have a meaningful conversation about safe driving, Hodge & Langley Law Firm has written up a Parent/Teen Safe Driving Agreement*. This contract, to be read, discussed, and signed by parents and teen drivers, ensures that all the important responsibilities, rules and requirements that teen drivers should follow are understood and agreed upon before the teenager gets behind the wheel of a car.
We hope this free contract helps parents have the important discussion needed to help young drivers make safe, smart decisions. And we hope teenage drivers live up to the agreements they sign their names to. Because everyone—teens, parents, and other drivers—benefits from rule-following on the road.
For more information on teen driving safety, visit Operation Safe Drive.
*Hodge & Langley Law Firm is providing this agreement as a courtesy for the safety and benefit of the public. Downloading this agreement does not establish an attorney-client relationship with our Firm and should not be construed as legal advice or relied on, as every factual circumstance is different, requiring individualized analysis. If you have any questions at all about the legal implications of this agreement, please contact one of the attorneys at Hodge & Langley Law Firm.