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December 2, 2015

Tips for Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe

teen driver safety

Every day in BC, 129 teenagers get their learner’s licence according to ICBC. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teen drivers. Teen drivers are three times more likely than adults to have an accident. The following tips will help keep your teen driver safe.

  1. Follow the rules of the road and set a good example. ICBC says 29% of parents surveyed believed their teens had picked up a poor driving habit from them. The most common bad habits were speeding, not stopping at stop signs, and impatience.
  2. Enroll your teen in professional driving lessons. Instructors avoid the emotion between parents and teenagers.
  3. Create a driver safety contract between you and your teen. ICBC has a sample family contract you can download. The contract should include responsibilities, expectations, and consequences.

Remember to check with ICBC or your insurer to make sure you have the appropriate insurance coverage if your teen will be driving your car.

For more information

  • ICBC’s Tips for Teaching Your Teen To Be a Safe Driver, ICBC
  • 10 Rules to Help Keep Your Teen Driver Safe, How Stuff Works
  • Teen Driver Tools and Resources, Parachute