Liberty Mutual and SADD believe that effective parent-teen communication is critical to helping teens recognize and choose safe driving behaviors. The Parent/Teen Driving Contract is both a conversation-starter about safety issues and a customized agreement that lets you create and uphold family driving rules.
Before a teen driver is handed the keys to the car, it's a good idea to lay out some basic rules - and the consequences for breaking those rules. Every family is different, but typical topics include repercussions for speeding, the number of passengers allowed in the car and how late at night a teen is allowed to drive.
Research conducted by Liberty Mutual and SADD indicates that parents have a tremendous opportunity to enhance their role in deterring unsafe driving behaviors among teens. When families build safe driving plans together it fosters effective, face-to-face communication, which leads to safer driving behaviors.
For Parents/Guardians Having a conversation with your new teen driver provides an opportunity for you to share your own driving experiences, your concerns about safety and your ideas for ground rules. Keep the agreement accessible so that you can update the rules together as your teen progresses as a driver.
For Teen Drivers Whether you're planning to get a permit or are already on the road, use this guide to demonstrate your commitment to safe and responsible driving. Your signed agreement will earn your parents' trust and help give them peace of mind when you're on
MA residents: The New Driver Responsibility Contract is available for new drivers of any age. Download the New Driver Responsibility Contract (PDF)