New DMV Program Aims to Help Parents and New Teen Drivers

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Aug 01, 2016 in Car Accident News

supervised teen driverThe Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has partnered with State Farm Insurance to implement The Parents Supervised Driving Program to help parents better supervise and prepare their teen drivers for a lifetime of safe driving.

Nevada will become the 21st state to integrate the program, developed by the Safe Roads Alliance, into its graduated driver’s license program.

According to Safe Roads Alliance, this program is an important step in helping reduce the number of teens killed in serious auto accidents every year. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that car accidents are the leading cause of death among teen drivers. And studies have found that speed and inexperience are the main causes of those accidents.

In an effort to help better prepare teens for the road, Safe Roads Alliance created The Parents Supervised Driving Program. The idea is based on a study conducted by State Farm Insurance and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that found that teen drivers whose parents were involved in the supervised driving process are 50 percent less likely to be involved in an accident, 71 percent less likely to drive under the influence and 30 percent less likely to use a cellphone while behind the wheel.

A Resource for Parents

The program includes a 52-page instructional guidebook that provides parents with the tools needed to teach their teens the required driving skills to help them become safe, smart and skilled drivers. It also includes a smartphone app, RoadReady, that tracks teens’ driving times as required by the state’s driver’s license program.

In Nevada, teens must spend 50 daytime hours and 10 nighttime hours on the road with a supervising parent. As teen’s work toward their required driving times, the guidebook provides step-by-step instructions to help parents teach them to handle all types of driving situations, including parallel parking, driving through roundabouts and backing up.

The app will track and monitor a teen’s driving time and will compile it into a log to be submitted to the DMV before the teen takes the final test to receive a driver’s license.

Although receiving a driver’s license is an exciting time for teens, it is also very dangerous. If your teen or someone you love has been injured or killed in an auto accident, our