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Teen Driver Safety

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Tips for Nervous Parents

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous when your teen driver heads out on the road with or without you. One of our providers, Progressive, has some great tips that may help. Here are a few:

  • Pick a time to practice when you’re not rushed and there is less traffic on the roads.
  • Try not to over-react if your young driver makes a mistake. It’s important to their confidence to have them get back on the road as soon as possible. 
  • Defensive driving may be the best thing you can teach your new driver.  
  • Consider a parent-teen driving agreement that lets your teen know what they need to do to keep their driving privileges.

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Teaching your teen to drive

Learn some great tips for teaching your teen to drive safely in this article from Nationwide Insurance. 

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Eliminating Distractions

One key to a safe teen driver is eliminating distractions. Set these rules up front:

  • Put your phone where you can’t see or hear it.
  • Don’t use the radio or media player.
  • Limit the number of people in the vehicle.
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Telemetrics & Driving Habits


Put another set of eyes in the car with your teen driver. Telematics provide real-time feedback on your child’s driving style. Several of our insurance companies offer telematics at no additional cost. These programs can even give you discounts on your premium.

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Consider a Teen Driver Contract

Set the ground rules

Secura recommends creating a parent/teen driving agreement. The agreement should set ground rules for teen drivers to maintain their driving privileges along with consequences for violating the rules. Click the button below for a printable sample contract from