A Message to Parents and Guardians
Teaching Your Teen to Drive
The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles is pleased to continue as a full partner with multiple state agencies*, the Colorado Young Driving Alliance and Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm® and the National Guard in offering Colorado’s parents and guardians The Parents Supervised Driving Program guide.
Since 2013, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents and guardians who have used this guide to assist their teens in developing the habits and skills necessary to be safe and responsible drivers. I hope you find the same thing true for you.
Safe roads begin with safe drivers. The Division of Motor Vehicles is committed to ensuring all individuals seeking a driving privilege have satisfactorily met the standards for the issuance of a permit or driver license.
To help ensure our young drivers are safe and prepared, we are a partner with the Colorado Young Driving Alliance who is working to educate students about the Graduated Driver License (GDL) law, which is designed to ensure that our most at risk drivers are given the right level of training before being given unrestricted driving privileges. It is important that parents and guardians have access to the right resources and education about the GDL law and its requirements.
Parents and guardians are essential to the success of the GDL law and, ultimately, in training teen drivers. Two important resources include this guide and an online parent course. Both have been developed as resources to successfully navigate through the GDL law and help ensure teens obtain the training essential to become a good driver. The guide can also be found online at the DMV website at www.Colorado.gov/DMV/Minor-Permit. The online course can be found at www.COTeenDriver.com.
Along with our partners, we are working to ensure that young drivers are taught the dangers of distracted driving, the effects of drinking and drugs on driving, the importance of having all passengers buckle up and how to share the road with motorcycles, pedestrians and large commercial vehicles.
Colorado’s highest rates of teen driving fatalities are in our rural counties. Driver education, including behind the wheel training, provides our young people with essential opportunities to learn and understand the rules of the road and the laws that impact their driving privileges.
Teens are at the greatest risk of crashing during their first year of driving and one in five licensed 16-year-olds will be in a vehicle crash. The most important ingredient in a teen becoming a safe driver is the positive influence of a parent or guardian. Colorado Young Driving Alliance has reported that teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving behavior in a supportive way are 50 percent less likely to crash and 70 percent less likely to drive intoxicated. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is applicable to driving. The more time spent with your teen on the road, the more safe and confident they will be.
You can make a difference. I hope you find this guide and supporting online program a valuable resource to help in preparing your teen to become the driver you want them to be.
Senior Director, Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
* Colorado Department of Revenue, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Human Services