Although seen by many as a rite of passage, many parents still dread it, the day their teenager can begin driving.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in teenagers 15-19 years of age.

“They are the greatest danger your teenager faces.” The most important thing for you to know is that as their parent you have the greatest influence over your teenager’s driving behavior. You are their first driving instructor and the role you play is essential in helping to keep your child safe behind the wheel.

This toolbox is designed to assist you, to provide you with valuable information, guidelines, recommendations, resources and statistics. And to teach you that the best tool your teen driver can have is you. Our goal is to reduce the number of NH teen driver crashes and establish a safe teen driver culture.

Toolbox

  • Parents of New Drivers
    Parents of New Drivers
  • What Are The Risks?
    What Are The Risks?
  • Stats & Facts
    Stats & Facts
  • Resources
    Resources

Parents of New Drivers

A recent survey from the Allstate Foundation found that 80% of teens cite their parents as having the most influence over their driving habits. Parent support in the early stages of driving is key. It's important to set a good example as a parent, and this toolbox will provide you resources to help foster safer driving behaviors in your new teen driver.

What Are The Risks?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Read about what puts teen drivers at risk.

Stats & Facts

Speed and the inexperience of novice drivers are the major causes of fatal crashes among teens, according to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicle’s Fatal Accident Reporting System. Read more about the stats and facts for NH's teen drivers.

Resources

There are many resources available for parents of teen drivers. Check out our resources section for videos, documents and websites for information for you and your teen driver.