You want her to enjoy this new privilege. (And to tell the truth, you’d love it if she would go to the store once in awhile.) But you want to keep your teen safe, too.

Here are some things you can do:

• Keep riding with your teen. Your teen is still inexperienced. Learning to drive takes a long time.

• Restrict night driving. Most fatal car crashes happen between 9:00 p.m. and midnight. Don’t let your young driver stay on the road too late at night. Think about limiting the number of other riders who can be in the car, too. They tend to take the driver’s focus off the road.

• Be a good role model. If you speed and drive aggressively, odds are your teen will, too.

• Require safety belts. Make a rule that everyone in the car wears a safety belt.

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