It's a good policy to bring your cell phone along, if you have one, and to leave your date's phone number with your parents, just in case anything goes wrong.
Be prepared for the unexpected: You might need a ride home, some extra cash or a way to bail if your date is a dud.
While it's not always practical to become friends before dating someone, try to get to know your date through a group activity or a double-date before you go solo.
You'll see how your date-to-be gets along with others, and you'll get some good clues about what to expect from them.
If you can't hang out in a group before your first date, try to talk on the phone before you make plans to go out.
Getting to know your love interest before you go on a full-fledged date gives you more to talk about and less to feel awkward about when you spend time as a couple.
If the person you'd like to date is someone you met online, insist that when you meet them in person, you meet them with a group of people, or at least just bring one friend along with you.
Ask lots of questions to be sure that the person you're meeting is who they claimed to be online.
Trust your instincts: If something doesn't seem right about the person, do not share your contact information and leave the situation immediately. Even if it's a little annoying, let your mom, dad or another adult know when you’re going out.
Be sure to tell your parents who you're going with, where you plan to go and what time you expect to return home, too.
Let your date know what kinds of things you would like to do, too!
Plus, be sure you know and respect your date's limits as well.
If you feel uncomfortable about a situation, say "no" clearly and confidently.