Resources for Parents

DRIVE SMART University knows there are lots of emotions surrounding teens getting their driver’s licenses. You, as a parent, are often scared because you know the crash statistics, but you’re probably also excited because you can stop being a chauffeur! Research shows that YOUR driving behavior and your involvement with your teen driver play a critical role in their driving behavior. Please search here for tips on teaching your teen how to drive, risks teen drivers face, insurance information, products you can buy to monitor your teen’s driving, and much more. If there’s a resource you think we should include, please let us know!


  • Safe Text – Protecting Your Teen from the Dangers of Texting

    This is the first book in a series to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of technology and the Internet. Not only does the book describe the dangers and legal implications of texting, but also gives tools and information how to dialog with teens about the dangers of texting.

  • Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens

    This is an indispensable guide for teaching teens to drive. Written by Phil Berardelli, a father and former teacher who understands this often frustrating – and potentially dangerous – passage into adulthood, Safe Young Drivers is intended for parents and teens to use together. Each new lesson addresses parental issues, such as how to choose a car for your teen, and provides teens with simple instruction and important tips to remember. With simple graphics, a complete index, and a section called Some ABC’s for the Road – a mini-encyclopedia for teens – Safe Young Drivers offers a valuable tool for all new drivers and their teachers.

  • teenSMART

    Unlike driver’s education programs that focus on passing a driving test, teenSMART uses behavioral intervention methodology and scientifically based instructional technology to identify and address six factors that cause more than 90% of all teen collisions. Teens learn about each of these factors through self-paced, interactive exercises that keep them engaged and interested.

  • Safe Road Home: Stop Your Teen From Drinking and Driving

    Safe Road Home takes a brutally honest look at drinking and driving, featuring detailed advice, new research, and safe-driving tips from leading experts. For parents and teens alike, the book also includes quizzes, solutions to everyday scenarios, a “Smashed” viewing guide, and true stories about teens who survived alcohol-related crashes—and some who did not.

  • 3 Keys to Keeping Your Teen Alive: Lessons for Surviving the First Year of Driving

    This program works with state/provincial Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs to provide 25 structured driving lessons including detailed road practice exercises with instructional videos; critical information about issues like distracted, drowsy and impaired driving plus essential vehicle maintenance and break-down tips.

  • Rules of the Road: Interactive Driver’s Ed Course

    A comprehensive 2-disc interactive driver’s education course. This can be used as a refresher for skilled drivers or an introduction for new drivers.

  • Teach Your Teen to Drive: … and Stay Alive

    “Teach Your Teen to Drive… and Stay Alive” is a way for parents to teach their teens to drive while covering each states’ parent-teen practice driving laws-typically an average of 50 hours. The book is written with innovative, positive and lifesaving tips helping “safety-proof” families from expensive collisions, tickets, insurance rates repairs or a DUI. “Teach Your Teen” features 8 simple, life-saving chapters that also focus on driving safety and reducing parent-teen anxiety.

  • Crash-Proof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver

    Certified driving instructor and dad Timothy Smith combines the collective wisdom of numerous experts to develop the Crashproof Plan: a series of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to improve your teen’s driving awareness, behavior, and skill in a way that fits your schedule. Written in a highly accessible, informal, and often humorous style, this comprehensive plan begins where drivers’ education programs end.

  • Driver Ed in a Box

    Driver Education Course with videos, interactive classroom, audio CD’s with tips, and training mirrors.

  • Driving Simulator and Road Rules

    An electronic driving simulator designed to act as a safe tool for teens to learn and practice driving skills. The software program simulates driving in cities, snow, fog, darkness and icy road conditions, practicing parallel parking, passing, lane changing and much more.

  • A Affordable Driving School

    Located in Virginia Beach, this driving school offers behind the wheel instruction, driver improvement classes and driver’s education classes.

  • FCC Texting and Driving Guide

    Putting the brakes on the distracted driving epidemic will require both dedication and creative thinking, and the FCC is committed to doing its part to address this growing crisis. The Texting and Driving Guide gives parents practical action-steps to take to ensure their teen drives text-free.

  • Virginia Driver’s Manual

    An online version of the Virginia Driver’s Manual that covers everything you need to know to prepare for the Virginia Driver’s Exam. Exam questions are taken directly from this manual.

  • Virginia Department of Education 45 Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide

    A guide written by the Virginia Department of Education that details Virginia’s graduated license laws, what parents should be teaching their teens during driving lessons, and tips for parents of teen drivers.

  • The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers

    Drivers education offered by The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. Parents and guardians can provide classroom and behind the wheel training with proper qualifications (listed on their website).

  • On the Road Video

    An online video for teens and their parents created by the USAA K.E.Y.S Educational Foundation program. This video discusses the impact of safe driving decisions, and how to navigate difficult situations.

  • Negligent Driving

    This website brings together research and government data to illustrate today’s traffic safety situation and to educate the public regarding the hazards posed by negligent driving, and to offer solutions to help make the highways safer.

  • Distraction.gov

    Distraction.gov is a resource for learning more about distracted driving. The website provides facts about distracted driving and opportunities for teens and adults to be involved in the mission to drive distraction free.

  • MasterDrive

    MasterDrive is a national driving school and online resource center that features clinics for parents and students as well as information for corporate fleets.

  • National Safety Council

    The National Safety Council’s website for teen drivers and parents. The website provides puzzles, posters, fact sheets, and other traffic safety resources.

  • GEICO Teen Driving and Teenager Car Insurance

    Resources for teens and parents that includes a parent/teen driving contract, a PowerPoint presentation for parents, teen driving statistics, videos and an auto safety library with quiz.

  • Driving Safety: The Y.E.S. Program

    The Y.E.S. program was created by Farmer’s Insurance to help improve teen driving. The website has quizzes, videos, and a teen driving guide for parents.

  • Toyota’s TeenDrive365

    Toyota’s TeenDrive365 gives parents the tools to help talk to their teen about safe driving during a teen’s first year behind the wheel and beyond.

  • Teen Texting & Driving: A Comprehensive Guide For Parents

    This guide highlights five ways parents and educators can address the issue of texting and driving with teens.

  • Road Ready Teens Contract Creator

    Create your own Parent-Teen Road Rules Contract based on the recommendations of the leading safety experts and those found in the Parent’s Guide.

  • The Truth About Teen Driving

    An interactive article illustrating the history of teen driving, statistics on car accidents, and an outline of dangers and risk behaviors involved with teen driving. This great resource also includes car insurance rates and state regulations that parents will find very helpful.

  • MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

    The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. To date, MADD’s work has saved nearly 300,000 lives…and counting.

  • Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO)

    YOVASO is a youth leadership organization focused on saving the lives of teenage drivers through encouraging and empowering teenagers to be traffic safety advocates in their schools and communities. YOVASO helps students and school administrators set up a YOVASO Club or expand an already existing club to include safe driving initiatives. Trainings, support materials, safety campaigns, and staff assistance are all free.

  • CDC- Distracted Driving

    Read about a recent CDC analysis that examined the frequency of two major distractions—cell phone use and texting—among drivers in the United States and several countries in Europe.

  • AT&T It Can Wait

    Get statistics about teens and texting and driving, download an anti-texting app for your teen’s phone, and watch AT&T’s new 10-minute documentary titled “The Last Text,” featuring stories of real individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by texting behind the wheel.

  • Partners for Safe Teen Driving

    Partners for Safe Teen Driving is a community health initiative aimed at reducing the incidences of teenage automobile crashes, injuries and fatalities in Virginia by assisting school divisions and communities in the development and implementation of local Partners for Safe Teen Driving programs.

  • Safe Teen Driver

    Safe Teen Driver’s website has many videos from teens that talking about the consequences they faced after driving irresponsibly. It also has interesting statistics, driving tips and driving programs for new drivers.

  • Teen Driver Source

    Created by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, this website provides important traffic safety information and tools to new teen drivers.

  • State Farm Teen Driver Safety Website

    State Farm’s teen website with information for parents including handbooks, videos, and advice on setting driving safety rules.

  • Sean Mullsteff Teen Driving Foundation

    This Maryland based non-profit foundation was established by parents of a teen driver killed in a car crash to promote and educate teen driving safety.

  • Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers from Progressive Insurance

    Progressive Insurance provides parents with information to help them understand the risk factors involved in letting 16-year-olds get behind the wheel.

  • Parenting Teen Drivers

    A website created by a child psychologist to convince parents of the need to take teenage driving seriously and to take steps to reduce the risk of their children being in auto accidents. Among these steps is a parent-teen driving agreement.

  • Nationwide Teen Auto Insurance

    Nationwide’s teen website was created with the help of the National Safety Council. The program provides resources for teens and parents, from how brain development affect’s a teen’s driving, to how teens can talk to parents about tough driving issues.

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance

    Liberty Mutual’s teen website with information for teens with tips on preparing for the driving test, how to parallel park, and what to do in the case of an accident. Information for parents on helping teens learn to drive, insurance, and state driving laws.

  • American Family Insurance

    American Family Insurance has partnered with Drive Cam to provide small audio/video recording device installed behind the rear view mirror of the car driven by your teen. When triggered by erratic vehicle movements, such as extreme braking, acceleration, cornering or a collision, the device provides a video clip of what occurred the 10 seconds before and after the event. The recorded event is sent wirelessly to analysts, where it is reviewed and scored and coaching tips are offered. Each week parents and teens are encouraged to review and discuss the results, which they access through a secure website.

  • Keys2Drive: The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety

    AAA’s comprehensive website for teens, parents and educators. Information on teen driver statistics, studies on graduated licensing laws, driving contracts, choosing a driving school, a car for your teen, the “Dare to Prepare” teen driving courses, and how to welcome your new teen driver.

  • Negligent Driving

    This website brings together research and government data to illustrate today’s traffic safety situation and to educate the public regarding the hazards posed by negligent driving, and to offer solutions to help make the highways safer.

  • Getting Your Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License in Virginia

    The Virginia DMV explains the requirements for obtaining a learner’s permit and driver’s license in Virginia.

  • Teen Driver Information

    Information provided by the Virginia DMV to help teen drivers understand the requirements of driver’s education and documents needed to obtain a license. The site also includes a Sample Knowledge Exam.

  • Parents in the Driver’s Seat

    A brochure for parents outlining their rights and responsibilities as a parent to a new driver, and explaining the sanctions of teen driving offenses.

  • Teen Driving Restrictions

    Teen driving restrictions are explained on the Virginia DMV website and include curfew restrictions, restrictions on the number of passengers, and cell phone/wireless communication device restrictions.

  • Virginia Driver’s Manual

    An online version of the Virginia Driver’s Manual that covers everything you need to know to prepare for the Virginia Driver’s Exam. Exam questions are taken directly from this manual.

  • Community Driving School

    Community Driving School (CDS) is a DMV certified driver education school and driver improvement clinic for teenagers and adults. CDS offers the American Automobile Association’s Driver Improvement Program, entitled, “Managing Visibility, Time and Space”. This fast paced course teaches you how to navigate the road safely and covers a wide range of current highway safety driving topics. Drivers who are DMV directed, Court directed, or directed for insurance purposes can take this 8 hour class to meet those requirements. Drivers who are interested in earning up to 5 Safe Driving Points can also take this class.

  • Always First Driving Academy

    Located in Richmond, this driving school offers behind-the-wheel and driver’s education instruction as well as defensive driving clinics.

  • Another Way Driving School

    Serving Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Glen Allen and surrounding areas with behind-the-wheel instruction, 45 hour teen/parent driving log, and defensive driving classes.

  • International Driving Education School

    The International Driving Education School teaches all nationalities and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. The school provides road test service to both Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

  • Absolute Driving School

    Located in Ashburn, Absolute Driving School offers behind-the-wheel and driver’s education instruction as well as driver improvement courses.

  • Green Light Driving School

    Located in Charlottesville, Green Light Driving School offers behind-the-wheel instruction, driver’s education and driver improvement classes.

  • A Metropolitan Driving School

    Located in Richmond, this school offers behind-the-wheel, classroom and driver improvement instruction.

  • Norris Driving School

    Serving Fauquier, Culpeper, and Rappahannock counties with behind-the-wheel instruction.

  • EZ Driving School

    A Northern Virginia driving school that provides behind-the-wheel, drivers education and driver improvement instruction.

  • Latinos Driving School

    Serving Fairfax, Burke, Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Centreville, Woodbridge, Dale City, Bristol, Gainesville, and Manassas, Latinos Driving School provides behind-the-wheel instruction, driver’s education, and re-examination classes.

  • ADJ Driver Improvement

    ADJ Driver Improvement, located in Northern Virginia, has been providing classroom and behind the wheel training for 35 years. ADJ provide’s classroom instruction and behind the wheel training for teens and adults seeking to obtain a standard drivers license as well as a Driver Improvement Course. Virginia State Certified and Approved, the classes are taught using the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course.

  • Advantage Driving School

    Located in Vienna, this school provides driver education programs, classroom and behind the wheel for teens and adults. The school specializes in driver improvement clinics, including online driver improvement for adults 20 or older.

  • Delta Driving School

    Serving the Northern Virginia area, Delta Driving School offers driver’s education classes, behind the wheel training, and online driver improvement classes.

  • Metro Driving School

    Metro Driving School serves the Alexandria, Fairfax, Annandale, Mount Vernon, Fort Belvoir, Franconia, Springfield, Burke, Tysons Corner, Arlington, Ballston, Rosslyn, Columbia Pike, Pentagon City, Crystal City, Falls Church, and Seven Corners areas. Classes include behind the wheel, driver improvement, and classroom instruction.

  • Driving Coach, LLC

    Driving Coach, LLC is a behind-the-wheel driving course designed to help students develop knowledge, skills, and habits that can serve them for a lifetime of driving. It is a Virginia State approved driving program.

  • AA Driving Academy

    Located in Herndon, VA, AA Driving Academy specializes in teaching collision-free, defensive driving techniques. This combined with a solid grounding of classroom theory gives students the strong foundation they need to develop a thorough understanding of the roads, rules & regulations. AA Academy offers behind the wheel training, driver improvement courses and driver education re-examination courses.

  • A+ Driving School

    A+ Driving School is a driving educational facility located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It offers a wide range of driving education courses and classes to improve driving skills and to provide certifications of achievement to students.

  • A2Z Driving School

    A Northern Virginia driving school that offers driver’s education classes, behind the wheel instruction, driver improvement clinics, and stick shift training.

  • DriversEd.com

    An online Virginia drivers ed course that has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education (license # 117-0010). This online program will provide drivers with all the knowledge they need to start in-car lessons with an instructor.

  • Driving University

    Driving University is a pioneer and national leader in online highway and traffic safety courses made up of a team of customer service experts, instructors, writers, programmers, and business developers dedicated to creating the most interesting and user-friendly online experience available today. Driving University traffic school programs are approved or licensed by State Departments of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles and by individual Courts from one end of the country to the other.

  • Easy Method Driving School

    Easy Method provides drivers education and mentoring lessons for new drivers in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

  • I Drive Safely: Driver’s Ed Virginia Online

    This 100% online program was designed exclusively for Virginia home-schooled students. Students can earn their Virginia driver’s permit from home through this state-approved program that allows you to set your schedule and work at your own pace.

  • Arrive Alive Driving Academy

    Arrive Alive Driving Academy serves residents of the Hampton Roads area with its Driver Improvement Program, Driver’s Education Classes, and Defensive Driving Program. It’s Virginia Driver Improvement Program has been verified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to award up to five (5) Safe Driving Points to persons who have successfully completed the eight (8) hour Defensive Driving, Virginia Driver Improvement Program Clinic.

  • List: Northern Virginia Area Drivers Schools

    A comprehensive list of Northern Virginia driving schools created by The Washington Post. Cost of classes, location, and program description provided for each school.

  • Phyllis Foster Driving School

    Serving the Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach area with behind-the-wheel, driver’s education, and driving improvement instruction.

  • Safe & Sound Driving School, LLC

    Located in Louisa, Safe & Sound Driving School, LLC, is a family owned business. The school’s flexible class hours make it convenient to complete the necessary behind the wheel and/or classroom instruction to obtain a Virginia Driver’s License. Safe & Sound also provides a driver improvement course.

  • Spotslvania Driving School, LLC

    Spotsylvania Driving School offers classroom and behind the wheel instruction for teens and adults. The school also provides National Safety Council Driver Improvement course.

  • Adam G Driving School

    Serving the Northern Virginia area with behind-the-wheel and classroom instruction. English and Hindi instruction available.

  • Results Driving School

    Located in Arlington, this school offers classes in both English and Spanish. Instruction offered includes: classroom, behind the wheel, parent/teen presentations, a re-examination class (in class, in car), adult driving classes, road test service.

  • P.E.R.S.E.P.T.I.O.N.S. Driving School

    P.E.R.S.E.P.T.I.O.N.S. Driving School, serving Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake, provides behind the wheel training, private driving lessons, driver improvement, and re-examination.

  • Quality Driving School

    Quality Driving School serves Falls Church, Annandale, Vienna, Mclean, Merrifield, and Oakton and most parts of Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, and Alexandria. The driving school offers Re-Examination Certification for Driver Education and Behind the Wheel.

  • Tidewater Driving School

    Located in Chesapeake, VA, this driving school instructs driver’s education in the classroom as well as behind the wheel.

  • Syeda Driving School

    Located in Woodbridge, Virginia, Syeda Driving School provides driver education, behind the wheel instruction, and driver improvement class.

  • The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers

    Drivers education offered by The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. Parents and guardians can provide classroom and behind the wheel training with proper qualifications (listed on their website).

  • A Affordable Driving School

    Located in Virginia Beach, this driving school offers behind the wheel instruction, driver improvement classes and driver’s education classes.