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TeenDrivingPlan (TDP)

The TeenDrivingPlan (TDP) is an interactive web-based program to help parents more effectively supervise driving practice. TDP has three components:  (1) Learn, (2) Plan, (3) Log. The learning component features 53 brief videos to guide parents in creating a positive learning environment and structuring practice activities in a variety of driving settings. The planning component features an interactive practice planner to help families select concrete goals for each practice session.  The logging and rating tool helps families keep track of practice hours and skill development. The development of TDP involved five years of formative research followed by a randomized, controlled trial of young drivers and their parent supervisors. 

Key TDP Study Results

  • Young drivers that used TDP over a 24-week period were 65 percent less likely to fail a rigorous on-road driving assessment than those not given access to the intervention.
  • Overall, six percent of teenagers that used TDP had their on-road driving assessment terminated due to unsafe driving performance as compared to 15 percent of those not given TDP.
  • Families who used TDP also reported more driving practice in various environments, at night, and in bad weather.
  • TDP increased parent engagement as practice supervisors, practice variety (at least 1-2 hours of practice in all six driving environments), and parent support of teens.

An intervention such as this, rigorously tested and based on solid behavioral objectives, holds promise in making the learner period of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) more effective. Future analyses will further explore ways to enhance TDP's positive effects on supervised practice to develop teenagers' driving skills before licensure.

Read the JAMA Pediatrics abstract.

Read the Journal of Adolescent Health abstract.

Read the Injury Prevention abstract.

Read a Wall Street Journal article that includes one parent's experience using TeenDrivingPlan.

Watch a demo video of TeenDrivingPlan



TeenDrivingPlan (TDP) includes a tutorial.

Download the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide

Download the TeenDrivingPlan Goal Guide

Download the TeenDrivingPlan
Logging and Rating Tool

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