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How Can Parents Protect Their Teen Drivers?

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, October 16, 2017 10:23 AM

Sarnia, ON - Adequate practice, proper role modelling and parental monitoring are just three ways parents can help their teens become better drivers.

While graduated licensing (GDL) has reduced teen crash rates by up to 40%i , parents can help their teens become safer drivers by understanding graduated licensing requirements and reduce known teen risks.

Crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. The risks of a teen-driver crash increase:

  • 2.5 times with one passenger of the same age vs. driving alone.
  • 5.5 times when travelling with 2 or more passengers of the same age.ii
  • Fatal crashes are more likely at night, especially with teens.
  • Drivers under age 25 are one of the most at-risk groups due to fatigue-related crashes.iii

Here's what parents can do to help.

  1. Set rules for number of passengers in a vehicle.
  2. Practice night-time driving with teens. Stick to GDL limits for night driving.
  3. Make sure your teen is rested and not driving fatigued.
  4. Create a written parent-teen driving agreement including driving rules and consequences for risky situations. Teens who sign agreements report fewer traffic citations/crashes during their first year, and less high-risk drivingiv.
  5. Reconsider early licensing for drivers' education students. Teens receiving a “time discount” for a driver course have higher crash rates than those without a time discountv.
  6. Parents have the most influence on their teens. Role model behaviours (e.g. sober driving, attentive driving, use seatbelt) you expect from your teen.

For more information on young driver risks, visit


Please contact:

Kelley Elliott
Health Promoter
Lambton Public Health
519-344-2062 ext. 2346