Montana Department of Transportation

Teen Drivers: What Parents Can Do

It's critical for parents and communities to take an active role in raising safe drivers to keep our future generation safe.

It's no wonder you're concerned...

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people in Montana - and across the entire United States.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

Your good example, the rules you set, and your active involvement as your teen learns to drive will help to reduce her risk of serious injury and death.

Alive at 25

To save lives and equip teens to drive more defensively, the National Safety Council has developed the Alive at 25 defensive driving program.

Alive at 25 in Montana
Informational poster
Resources for Parents

Be a role model

You're the parent, you set the rules. Take a good look at your own driving habits. These are the habits your teen observes and considers to be normal. Are you buckling up?

Parents, if your teens are not already in the habit of buckling up, insist on it now—before they enroll in driver's ed.

Remind teens that it isn't only their lives they need to consider. Unbuckled bodies can collide at crash force with others passengers, injuring or even killing them.

5 things parents worry about

Based on surveys the top five worries of parents are, in order: kidnapping. school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers and drugs. But how do children really get hurt or killed? Car crashes is number one on the list.

5 worries parents should drop and 5 they shouldn't

Do this together

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There are so many excellent resources for parents and teens. Spend some time looking over these resources together.

A family guide to teen driver safety
Contract for safe driving
Contract for Life (SADD)
Drive it Home
Montana KEYS project results
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
Parents are the key
Parent role in the GDL program
Parenting styles & teen driving
Top 10 Tips for Preventing Teen Accidents
State Farm Teen Driver Safety Website
Teen Driver Source
Teens in the Driver Seat