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 facilitated National Safety Council program includes a parent orientation and a 4-hour peer-to-peer education segment for teens. Both address GDL and the risks for teens, but the latter engages teens in discussing safe and unsafe behaviors and what they can do to protect themselves. Training is required to deliver this program or you may schedule a presentation by a trained instructor.
This 60-90 minute, facilitated program, developed and led by community volunteers in Randolph (Morris County, NJ), includes a parent/teen orientation (with PowerPoint slides and notes) based on research conducted by the National Safety Council and other sources. Participants learn about NJ’s GDL, teen crash risk, and enforcement from the perspective of parents, advocates, police, and the municipal court judge.
This dramatic and graphic, 4-minute web-based video, produced by police in Wales, depicts four deaths caused by a young female driver who was texting while driving. (It can be used in conjunction with the Randolph Traffic Advisory Committee Parent/Teen Orientation.)
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.
This contract is designed to empower teens to make personal safety their priority when dealing with peer pressure. While parents may think their teens will confront their friends about risky behaviors and attitudes that negatively impact safety, research conducted by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (after which this contract is modeled) shows that’s highly unlikely. The contract prompts teens, in partnership with their parents, to identify a code word they can use to alert their parents when they need help getting home safely. In return, parents provide that help in a non-judgmental manner.
This brochure provides important information -- safety features and ratings, insurance, maintenance -- parents should consider when purchasing a vehicle for their teens.