Resources for Teens

Whether you’re preparing for your driver’s exam or have recently received your license, DRIVE SMART University wants to help you stay safe on the roadways. Car crashes are the leading cause of teenage deaths and we want to improve those statistics. Please search here for free and fee-based resources, including sample driver’s tests, common errors made by teen drivers, driving laws and tips, and even ways to communicate with other teens. If there’s a resource you think we should include, please let us know.

  • 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.

  • Real Life Teens: Teen Driving

    Real Life Teens, discussing teen driving, getting a driver’s license, drinking and driving, driving distractions, and how to be a responsible driver.

  • “Under the Hood” Drivers Ed – The Auto Smarts DVD

    An “Info-tainment” style video that teaches teens all they need to know about the basics of car care and preventative maintenance.

  • 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.

  • The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask

    The Driving Book covers virtually every scenario a new driver may face, from changing a tire, to negotiating privileges with parents, to handling a car in bad weather.

  • Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens

    Safe Young Drivers is a guide for teaching teens to drive and 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.

  • Drive2Survive

    The Drive2Survive® Curriculum introduces students to three modes of Advanced Safety & Collision Avoidance Training with true-to-life situations within a controlled and safe environment. The instructors are current and retired law enforcement personnel certified to train other police officers of various government agencies. The Drive2Survive program is the only licensed advanced driving program approved by Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • USAA 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.

  • Road Ready Teens

    Road Ready Teens website has a road ready video games, multimedia show and a quiz.

  • Create a Personalized Virginia License Plate

    Virginia offers more than 200 unique plates that enable people with a common interest to identify or promote themselves or their cause. In addition to displaying special plates, motorists can add a personalized character combination to their plates using up to seven characters.

  • CTIA: The Wireless Association

    Public Service Announcements on the dangers of texting and driving done with the National Safety Council. Videos and radio ads.

  • Create a Personalized Virginia License Plate

    Virginia offers more than 200 unique plates that enable people with a common interest to identify or promote themselves or their cause. In addition to displaying special plates, motorists can add a personalized character combination to their plates using up to seven characters.

  • CTIA: The Wireless Association

    Public Service Announcements on the dangers of texting and driving done with the National Safety Council. Videos and radio ads.

  • Facts About Trucks

    Interesting facts about 18-wheelers created by “The Truckers Report” and presented through creative and fun-to-read infographics.

  • 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.

  • Texting and Driving Safety

    Great statistics about teens and adults texting behind the wheel presented in a graphic format.

  • YOUTH-Turn

    A program of National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), YOUTH-Turn helps teens and young adults turn adversity into educational and constructive opportunities that will prevent similar adversities from happening to someone else. Their Traffic Safety division has true teen stories, statistics, and project ideas on a number of issues.

  • TeenRSA Program

    Teen Road Safety Advocates (TeenRSA) Program is a national initiative that is aimed at empowering youth to take a leadership role in improving roadway safety. It is designed for high school students that want to be engaged in significantly reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roadways, but most particularly those that may occur in the area where they live and go to school.

  • No-Zone Campaign

    Resources provided by the FMCSA on how best to share the road with commercial trucks and buses.

  • How Safe is Your Car?

    A site created by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with crash test ratings for new and older models.

  • Auto Insurance Tips for Teens

    This site provides practical driving tips for teens to help them to get good rates on their auto insurance. The site also provides a comprehensive list of resources regarding teen driving, car insurance, and being a good driver.

  • SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions

    SADD’s mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Celebrate My Drive

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. State Farm is committed to helping end these tragedies. We invite you to explore and use this comprehensive website, which is filled with free tools, tips, and resources designed to help teens and their parents throughout the learning-to-drive process.

  • Teens in the Driver’s Seat

    A peer-to-peer teen safety program that focuses solely on traffic safety and addresses all major risks for this age group. Teens help shape the program and are responsible for implementing it; Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) provides the science, guidance and project resources. Teens in the Driver Seat® is available to high schools in California, Texas, Georgia and Montana; junior high schools in Texas and Georgia; and youth groups in Texas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alive at 25

    This course designed by the National Safety Council is offered in collaboration with law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the mission of reducing automobile crashes involving young drivers and passengers.

  • Teen Driver Source

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

  • Virginia State Police

    The Virginia State Police website has information on vehicle safety, state laws, criminal investigations, and more.

  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

    – The Virginia Department of Transportation website contains information about highway projects throughout the state, studies and work zone safety tips.

  • The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center

    The Center for the Study of Young Drivers at UNC’s Highway Safety Research Center was established to study and improve the safety of young drivers.

  • Toyota Teen Driver

    Resources for educators, parents, and teen drivers including quizzes, a mutual agreement contract, lesson plans, webinars, and driving activities.

  • TeenDriving.com

    Initially created when its author was 15-years-old, this website provides tips and resources for teenage drivers.

  • The Century Council: Distillers Fighting Against Underage Drinking

    The Century Council is a not-for-profit organization founded by distillers. They fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promote responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol.

  • Teen Driver Safety 101

    This website was developed in partnership with the Georgia Department of Driver Services, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and Riverdale High School’s Technology Team to promote safety among teen drivers. It contains driving information, Georgia driving laws, and a section on the environment.

  • Smart Drive Delaware

    Delaware website created to help young drivers to make the right decisions every time they are behind the wheel so they will never put themselves, their passengers, or their vehicles in harm’s way.

  • State Farm Teen Driver Safety

    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. It promotes teen driving safety.

  • Road Ready Teens

    Road Ready Teens website has a road ready video games, multimedia show and a quiz.

  • Truck Safety Information from the Oregon Department of Transportation

    A guide to staying safe while sharing the roadways with trucks. Information on appropriate following distance, how to safely merge and passing.

  • Operation Teen Safe Driver

    The mission of the OTSD is to provide the initiative and resources required to challenge the creativity of Illinois teens to develop and implement community-based programs to reduce fatalities and injuries due to traffic crashes among their peers.

  • Nationwide 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.

  • National Student Safety Program

    The mission of the NSSP is to encourage and assist students as they initiate and implement highway safety activities within their respective schools and communities.

  • 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.

  • National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS)

    NOYS is a collaboration of approximately 40 national youth-serving organizations with the common goal of providing safe and healthy behaviors among youth.

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    NHTSA has developed a multi-tiered strategy to prevent motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teen drivers: increasing seat belt use, implementing graduated driver licensing, reducing teens’ access to alcohol, and parental responsibility.

  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

    MetLife’s website has a life transitions section with information on communicating expectations with teen drivers, teaching teens to drive, setting boundaries, and insurance.

  • Keep The Drive

    Keep the Drive is led by teens across the country who want to make a difference in the lives of their friends and classmates. It was created to let teens take action and do the talking about safe driving.

  • I Promise Program

    Has your teenager made the safe driving promise yet? The heart of the I Promise Program is the Parent-Youth Safe Driving Contract – developed with the input of teens, parents, police, traffic safety experts, and researchers.

  • Georgia Department of Driver Services

    The Georgia Department of Driver Services with information on Georgia’s Joshua’s Law, which states that if you are 16 years old, you must complete a driver education course approved by the Department of Driver Services in order to receive a Class D License.

  • Ford Driving Skills for Life

    Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) was established in 2003 by Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in standard driver education programs. Ford DSFL helps young drivers improve their skills in four key areas: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management, and space management.

  • 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.

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Information from the FMCSA on the “NO ZONE”, the areas drivers should avoid when driving near large trucks and buses.

  • 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.

  • Drive Home Safe

    This website has information, solutions, instruction, statistics and resources about safe teen driving.

  • Driver’s Edge

    Driver’s Edge is a non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to one simple thing – teaching young drivers what’s not being taught in traditional driver’s education. Their mission is to help save lives with our unique and innovative behind the wheel program.

  • Crash Prevention

    This non-profit organization is dedicated to educating people on all forms of dangerous driving and reducing crashes. Their hope to change the driving culture of America through education, research, and grassroots activism.

  • C.A.R.

    A Nebraska-based non-profit organization for safer teen driving. The website includes newsletters and statistics on teen driving. The organization also does speaking engagements at schools.

  • Centers for Disease Control

    Centers for Disease Control’s website with fact sheets on the injuries and deaths caused by car crashes, information on graduated licensing laws, a toolkit, and prom safety information.

  • The Allstate Foundation Teen Safe Driving Program

    Allstate’s teen driving interactive website with tips for teens and parents. Survey results, traffic laws, and facts about teen driving.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 Rules – Driving

    Virginia Rules on Driving has the information you need to know on getting and keeping your driver’s license.

  • Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)

    The mission of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Education Section is to promote responsible consumption and distribution by licensees of alcoholic beverages to those of age and zero tolerance for underage consumption through the use of prevention initiatives that focus on environmental, educational, and information dissemination strategies.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Phyllis Foster Driving School

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

  • 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.

  • Safe & Sound Driving School

    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.

  • Spotsylvania Driving School

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

  • 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.

  • Results Driving School

    Located in Arlington, this school offers classes in both English and Spanish. Instruction offered includes: Classroom, Behind the Wheel, Parent/Teen Presentation, Re-examination Class (in class, in car), Adult Driving classes, Road test Service.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Affordable Driving School

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

  • 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.

  • Syeda Driving School

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

  • 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.

  • Adam G Driving School

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

  • 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.

  • A Affordable Driving School

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