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Teen drivers with highly supportive parents who closely monitor and set rules are 50% less likely to crash.
Teens who drive with just one teen passenger, double their risk of being involved in a fatal crash.
Research shows that teens will mimic their parents driving habits to regardless of whether they’re good or bad.
The resources in this section, which may be reproduced and promoted without permission, are designed not only to provide your audience with a comprehensive understanding of New Jersey’s GDL program, but help them put what they learn into practice on a daily basis. These resources are designed to be used by you, some following completion of training, to facilitate group learning, discussion and action.
This parent/teen safe driving orientation that is designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement. Approximately 90 minutes in length, the orientation is presented by facilitators in community based settings (i.e. schools, libraries) and can be linked to parking permit requirements, classroom driver education programs and back-to-school nights. The orientation is ideally suited for parents and their teens in the pre-permit or permit state of licensure (parents and their teens already holding a probationary license will also benefit).
This 3-minute Saturday Night Live comedy sketch featuring Taylor Swift humorously addresses parental impact on teen driving from a teen’s perspective. (It can be used in conjunction with the New Jersey Parent/Teen Orientation found in the Engage section of this tool kit.)
Developed with NJSIAA, this 4-page brochure helps coaches and adult advisors partner with teens and their parents to promote greater understanding of and adherence to the provisions of GDL. A 15-minute briefing to help coaches put this into practice is available at no cost from the NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition.
This sample parent-teen safe driving agreement helps establish rules and consequences for teens, but also places responsibilities on parents. Safe driving generally requires much more than what state laws call for, and signing an agreement before a teen starts driving can be helpful in establishing expectations for the whole family.
This sample parent to parent agreement fosters communication among teens’ parents so there is consistency in the rules and consequences for teens and their friends. Additionally, it is a helpful tool for teens with divorced parents who may have differing viewpoints and philosophies regarding their teens’ driving practices and adherence to both state laws and parental rules.
Designed by parents for parents, to help keep teens safer on the road.
This brochure provides important information -- safety features and ratings, insurance, maintenance -- parents should consider when purchasing a vehicle for their teens.