Teens, Parents, & Educators

Teen Driver

Resources for Teen Drivers, Parents, and Educators

Every day, about eight teens die because of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Hundreds more are injured.

  • The motor vehicle crash death rate for male drivers ages 16–19 years is three times higher than the death rate for female drivers in the same age group.
  • The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk increases with each additional teen passenger.
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate or not be able to recognize dangerous situations. Teens are also more likely than adults to make critical errors that can lead to serious crashes.
  • Roughly 45% of motor vehicle crash deaths among teens ages 13–19 occurred between 9 pm and 6 am.  50% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
  • Among teen drivers and passengers 16–19 years of age who were killed in car crashes in 2020, 56% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Whether you’re preparing for your driver’s exam or have recently received your license, DRIVE SMART Virginia wants to help you stay safe on the roadways. Car crashes are a leading cause of teenage deaths and we want to improve those statistics.

Please search here for free and fee-based resources:

For Teens

Teenager’s Guide to Auto Insurance (brochure)

GEICO Auto Safety Library

Progressive Insurance Safe Teen Driving Resources

State Farm® Teen Driver Safety Website


We Don’t Serve Teens: A National Campaign to Prevent Underage Drinking

YOVASO Youth of Virginia Speaking Out About Traffic Safety

For Parents

Safe Text – Protecting Your Teen from the Dangers of Texting (Protecting Teens from the Dangers of Technology and the Internet) – Kindle Edition

Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens – Spiral-bound

Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving – Paperback


Safe Road Home: Stop Your Teen From Drinking & Driving – Paperback

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

Rules of the Road 2-Disc DVD Set: Interactive Driver’s Ed Course

Teach Your Teen to Drive: … and stay alive – Paperback

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

Driver in a Box: Online Driver Education

For Educators

Distracted Driving Simulator Request Form


State Farm Driver Education Teachers Portal