We know what works
NHTSA’s Countermeasures That Work recommends effective actions that communities can take to reduce crashes involving young drivers (Download Report).
- Set ground rules and outline the
consequences for breaking them
in a Parent-Teen Driving Contract
Surveys suggest that teens whose parents impose driving restrictions typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes.
- Know the GDL restrictions placed
on your teen’s license and enforce
those limits. Restrict night driving
and passengers, prohibit driving while using the phone, and use seat belts on every trip. Learn about your State’s GDL requirements.
- Talk with your teens and explain that .08 grams per deciliter BAC laws apply to adult drivers. Before they are 21, drinking alcohol is illegal because of Minimum Drinking Age laws, and driving after consuming any alcohol is illegal because of Zero Tolerance Laws in all States.
- Be a good role model and practice safe driving yourself. Visit www. trafficsafetymarketing.gov/teens to download material from NHTSA’s Parental Responsibility Toolkit.
Young drivers can
- Know the restrictions placed on your license at each license phase. These restrictions are there to help you gain experience and improve your driving skills.
- Wear your seat belt every trip, every time. It is your best defense in a crash.
- Never accept a ride with an impaired driver and don’t let your friends drink and drive.
- Don’t use your phone while driving. Ask a passenger to call or text if necessary, or stop in a safe place to use your phone.
- Remember that driving is a
Law enforcement officers can
- Take advantage of opportunities to enforce GDL restrictions with young drivers.
- Work with coalitions to educate parents and novice drivers about the State’s requirements.
- Refer to the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education (ANSTSE) administrative standards as guidance for State driver education and training programs.
- Conduct a Driver Education Program Technical Assessment to identify potential improvements.
- Visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov for media material you can download.
States and communities can
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