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Tips for Parents 

TEACHING TIP:  Early in the training process, parental instruction tends to focus on vehicle handling. As your teen's skills improve, try to focus on "higher order" instruction, such as searching ahead, hazard detection, and anticipating the other driver's behavior.

Even after your teen is licensed, use time driving with them to instill habits of good judgment, accurate hazard anticipation and smart decision-making.


When selecting a vehicle for their teen driver, parents should consider how old the car is and the safety features it has and does not have.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a study that showed 48 percent of drivers ages 15 to 17 who died in car crashes between 2008 and 2012 were driving vehicles that were at least 11 years old.

Read more about the findings of the study in Autoweek.


  Michigan's laws are designed to help teens gradually and safely build their skills and experience behind the wheel. Teen drivers and their parents or guardians can find the information and resources they'll need to successfully complete the Graduated Driver License program at



Download this free mobile app to track your driving experience together and to keep safety tips top of mind. The latest addition to The Parent's Supervised Driving Program offers parents and teens an easy, educational and convenient way to log the state required supervised driving time with the click of a button.

  • Track your time
  • Learn safe driving practices
  • Track driving conditions
  • View driving summaries
  • Download your driving log
  • Know your goals
  • Receive parental pointers
  • Reach your goals
  • Identify areas of improvement
  • Track your teen's progress



Motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for adolescents


Another important issue related to young drivers:  A Need to Support Older Novice Drivers


Parents Supervised Driving Guide

The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide provides a practical and detailed instruction plan to help parents and their teen drivers get the most out of the supervised driving requirement under Michigan's Graduated Driving Licensing law. The material is designed for behind-the-wheel supervision so it is clear, concise and easily put into practice.




Updates for Teen Driver's and Their Parents

Sign up now for the Michigan Department of State's monthly newsletter targeting teen drivers and their parents. You can sign up to receive the newsletter via e-mail or text.

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Checkpoints Teen Driving Safety Program

Driving safety takes years of experience.  Parent involvement makes teens safer drivers.  The Checkpoints Program is a free research-based resource for parents of teen drivers in Michigan.  Learn facts about teen driving, use the Parent-Teen Driving Agreement and more.

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