Parents' intended limits on adolescents approaching unsupervised driving

Jessica L. Hartos, Kenneth H. Beck, Bruce G. Simons-Morton

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The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which parents intend to place driving limits on adolescents approaching unsupervised driving. A total of 658 parents and their 16-year-old adolescents were recruited from a local Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration site as adolescents successfully tested for provisional licenses. Parents completed written surveys about parent-adolescent relations and anticipated adolescent unsupervised driving. The results indicated that parents reported high levels of intended limits on adolescents' unsupervised driving, especially for trip conditions (e.g., getting permission) when compared with risk conditions (e.g., at night). Almost one third of parents reported completing driving agreements. Overall, intended driving limits and completed driving agreements were more likely when parents reported high levels of parental monitoring (2 times more likely), discussion of driving rules (2 to 4 times more likely), risk perception (2 times more likely), and vehicle access (2 to 3 times more likely). Completed driving agreements were not related to intended driving limits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-606
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Adolescent driving
  • Driving contract or agreement
  • Driving restrictions or limits
  • Parenting


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