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I, _______________________ , will drive carefully and cautiously and will be courteous to other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians at all times.

I promise that I will obey all the rules of the road.

  • Always wear a seat belt and make all my passengers buckle up.
  • Obey all traffic lights, stop signs, other street signs, and road markings.
  • Stay within the speed limit and drive safely.
  • Never use the car to race or to try to impress others.
  • Never give rides to hitchhikers.

I promise that I will make sure I can stay focused on driving.

  • Drive with both hands on the wheel.
  • Never eat, drink, or use a cell phone to talk or text while I drive.
  • Drive only when I am alert and in emotional control.
  • Call my parents for a ride home if I am impaired in any way that interferes with my ability to drive safely.
  • Always take my medicine on time (if I am taking medicine for ADHD) and not drive if I am unable to focus my attention completely on driving.

I promise that I will respect laws about drugs and alcohol.

  • Drive only when I am alcohol and drug free.
  • Never allow any alcohol or illegal drugs in the car.
  • Be a passenger only with drivers who are alcohol and drug free.

I promise that I will be a responsible driver.

  • Drive only when I have permission to use the car and I will not let anyone else drive the car unless I have permission.
  • Drive someone else's car only if I have parental permission.
  • Pay for all traffic citations or parking tickets.
  • Complete my family responsibilities and maintain good grades at school as listed here: ____________________________________________________
  • Contribute to the costs of gasoline, maintenance, and insurance as listed here: ____________________________________________________

I agree to the following restrictions, but understand that these restrictions will be modified by my parents as I get more driving experience and demonstrate that I am a responsible driver.

For the next _____ months, I will not drive after ________ pm.

For the next _____ months, I will not transport more than _______ teen passengers (unless I am supervised by a responsible adult).

For the next _____ months, I won't adjust the stereo or air conditioning/heater while the car is moving.

For the next _____ months, I will not drive in bad weather.

I understand that I am not permitted to drive to off-limit locations or on roads and highways as listed here: ________________________________________________________________

I agree to follow all the rules and restrictions in this contract. I understand that my parents will impose penalties (see below), including removal of my driving privileges, if I violate the contract. I also understand that my parents will allow me greater driving privileges as I become more experienced and as I demonstrate that I am always a safe and responsible driver.

Penalties for contract violations


 Drove after drinking alcohol or using drugs  No driving for ___ months.
 Got ticket for speeding or moving violation  No driving for ___ months.
 Drove after night driving curfew  No driving for ___ weeks/months
 Drove too many passengers  No driving for ___ weeks/months
 Broke promise about seat belts (self and others)  No driving for ___ weeks/months
 Drove on a road or to an area that is off-limits  No driving for ___ weeks/months



Driver __________________________    Date ________________

Parent promise: I also agree to drive safely and to be an excellent role model.

Parent (or guardian) __________________________    Date ________________

Parent (or guardian) __________________________    Date ________________

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