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Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 10, 2019

Contact:
Larry Crowe, DMV PIO
O: (603) 227-4200

New Hampshire DMV Introduces the Parent's Supervised Driving Program

Concord NH - New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu along with Department of Safety Commissioner Robert Quinn, Division of Motor Vehicles Director Elizabeth Bielecki, the New Hampshire Drivers Ed Teachers Association and program sponsors Safety Insurance, Grappone Automotive Group, and Citizens Bank unveiled The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, a new and improved initiative to help parents teach their teens to drive.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program offers an expert-guided, quality curriculum providing parents and guardians with a simple, easy-to-follow plan designed to help teens develop safe driving habits. In addition, the program includes the popular RoadReady® mobile app for iPhone and Android.

“I am very happy that the New Hampshire DMV has partnered with the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program to bring these tools to parents and young learners in New Hampshire,” Commissioner Quinn said. “Each year in New Hampshire we have approximately 17,000 teen student drivers participating in a driver education program. Their safety is a top priority and these tools help achieve that goal. This year, my daughter is learning to drive and this program and the Road Ready app have been excellent in helping us help her to prepare to get that license. I encourage every parent teaching a driver to get a copy of the manual from their local DMV and to download and use the Road Ready app.”

The NH DMV is working with the Drivers Ed Teachers Association to ensure that every teen who is enrolled in a driver education program in New Hampshire is given a copy of the guidebook. The guidebook is divided into lessons that make it easy to focus on specific skills that become more advanced as times goes on. The program is also available online, via digital curriculum as well as pdf download, at PSDPonline.com.

The free RoadReady app logs and manages hours spent behind the wheel so families can easily keep track before testing for their driver’s licenses. Nationally, the app is downloaded more than 1,000 times per day. You can download the free app from your phone’s app store by searching for RoadReady.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes are still the leading cause of teen deaths. The organization recommends that parents become familiar with the restrictions placed on your teen's license, and encourages parents be more involved as their teen learns to drive. Also important is establishing ground rules for teens by restricting night driving and passengers, requiring seat belt use at all times, and prohibiting any use of cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.

“Parents are the key to ensuring the safety of teen drivers,” said Safe Roads Alliance President Emily Stein. “The more involved the parents are at this important phase when teens are learning to drive, the more likely that these teens will avoid being in a crash once they are driving on their own.”


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