I Am A Parent/Guardian
Parents of New Drivers
Car crashes are the greatest danger your teens face. The good news? These crashes are preventable. As parents of new drivers, you play a vital role in keeping your teens safe on the road. The Teen Driver Safety Research team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and others are exploring ways to help you raise safe, responsible drivers. In fact, our research has found that you can cut your teens’ crash risk in half by staying involved, setting rules, and being supportive.
As parents of new drivers, we know you need guidance you can trust. That’s why we gathered the best information from clinicians, researchers, driving instructors, teens, educators, and others to help you navigate the learning-to-drive process and beyond. From parenting advice to a downloadable driving log and much more, we will help make this challenging time a rewarding experience for both you and your teen.
- Facts About Teen Drivers
- Parent Support Is Key
- The Teen Brain
- You Can Help Your Teen
- Expect Resistance
- Parent As Driving Teacher: A Useful Guide
- Car Considerations
- Driving With Special Needs
Parent of a 13- or 14-year-old and beginning to think about driving? CHOP consulted on a nationwide web-based program for young teens and their parents that promotes safe passenger behavior among pre-driving teens. The program, called Countdown2Drive, is available at www.Countdown2Drive.org.
Just one teen passenger doubles the risk a teen driver will get into a fatal crash; three or more passengers quadruples the risk.