Hey Mom and Dad: What Rules Do You Have for Your New Teen Drivers?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

Is there anything more harrowing than the day when you first hand over the keys to your brand-new teen driver, the same one who it seems like just yesterday was still biking with training wheels? It's not uncommon for parents to set some restrictions on their newly-minted leadfoots, so we took to our Facebook pages to find out what the laws on this are in some west-suburban households. Which brings us to this week's question:

What new rules do you have for your new teen drivers, and how do you enforce them?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Laurie Kintner Bugaj: The rulesthey have to follow pretty much make parents rules easier. They can only have 1 underage person who is not a sibling in the car at anytime. (I am pretty sure that is how they word it). Cell phone is not in use, must be in purse or backpack. Also make them check in when they get to their destination and before they start home. I know how long it takes to get from A to B. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook

Patty Casey: I love that the driving laws put the rules out there for us. Also curfew rules help. And I like to know WHO they are driving with. and calling or texting when leaving or arriving destinations. No texting or calling in car. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook

Dorothy Duffus: she paid for the car and has to pay the insurance and the up keep any tickets are hers and she still needs to ask to go anywhere until shes 18 i have the right to revoke her license  —on Orland Park Patch Facebook

Cindy Gelumbauskas Kwiecinski: Passing grades gets you a license! —on Orland Park Patch Facebook

Richie DeVries: stay off the sidewalks —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook

Lila Bonk: No job? No car. It's that simple. —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook

Stephanie Anneimal: Ha! Basically, don't speed. My dad told me that there was a "problem" with his car and if I drove it over 50 miles an hour on the highway, oil would spew out under the hood and he would know that I drove faster than 50mph. There never was a problem with his car. To this day if I bring it up he just smirks at me. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook

Joseph H. Hernandez: One of my dad's rules for me was that if I drove any friends around they had to pay for the ride. $2-$5 depending on how far they were going and this was back when gas was under $2 a gallon. —on Chicago Heights Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments.

Smith Family March 19, 2013 at 03:01 PM
They must have the Drive Mode app on their phone which instantly informs those who text her that she is driving & will get back to them later. Additionally, she must check in with the Life360 app to let me know she has arrived. I also will check it from time to time to make sure she is where she says she is!
Kristy Killis-Jensen March 19, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Car is to be in our driveway by 10pm and no sleeping at a friend's house with the car.
Megan Howard March 20, 2013 at 01:37 AM
My parents rule was always "No B's, No Keys", I had to maintain B's in all of my classes, or I couldn't drive anywhere besides school and work. They also made a point of periodically checking my odometer...I'm not gonna lie, it kept me from getting into a lot of trouble as far as driving around aimlessly, ending up places I shouldn't have been. If i told my parents i was going to a friends house, and they knew that friend lived within 5 miles or so, there was no excuse for me to come home with 20-30miles put on the car.
a.villanueva April 02, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Rule #1. The car does not drive It's self. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Rule #2. Trees,buildings and other parked vehicles don't move. So don't hit them. Rule #3. Be aware of pedestrians. Rule#4. Make sure your insurance is current as well as your other legal documents for the car. A vehicle is no different than a handgun. you are responsible for the handling of it.


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