Teen Programs

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 19-year-olds. That’s why AAA Tidewater Virginia places a high priority on providing effective teen traffic safety and educational programs such as:

Our programs and educational resources are available for both parents and teens at your local branch or online. We are also engaged in many community events and advocacy groups working together to raise awareness of teen safety issues.

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AAA Dare to Prepare

AAA Dare to Prepare

If you're a parent with a soon-to-be teen driver, you may find yourself asking any number of questions about what you and your teen are facing. National statistics on crash rates and fatalities make it very clear that learning to drive is a serious undertaking and one that deserves your close attention. Most parents don't get the facts about novice driving laws, licensing requirements, parental role in driving, insurance, and other issues until their teen comes home with their learner's permit.

AAA wants to help with the introduction of Dare to Prepare. Dare to Prepare is a pre-permit workshop designed for parents and teens to attend together, providing them with the critical information they need to know before teens take the wheel.

Offered by AAA Tidewater Virginia, this free workshop will walk you through the steps necessary to obtain a learners permit and a driver's license in the state of Virginia. It also provides guidance and useful tools to help you and your teen go through the learning-to-drive process. The program is not intended to replace driver's education or even overlap such a course. Instead, it is designed to facilitate early discussion of driving safety and answer questions families may have.

During the 2-hour Dare to Prepare presentation, you will learn

  • State and national statistics on teen driving
  • Graduated licensing components
  • Virginia requirements for obtaining a learner's permit and a driver's license
  • Parent's role and responsibilities
  • What to look for in a driving school
  • Adding your teen to your auto insurance
  • Sample parent-teen contracts and driving logs
  • Practical tips on teaching teens to drive
  • What the police are really looking for
  • Resources and programs that can help

Upcoming Class Dates

All classes are held at our Corporate Office from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • June 29
  • July 25
  • August 31
  • October 19
  • November 16

The program is not merely a lecture on the dangers of alcohol or a driver education course. It is interactive program designed as a forum for parents and soon-to-be driving teens to facilitate discussion about driving safety issues and answer question about the learning-to-drive process.

The workshop is free and each family attending will receive a free one-year Classic membership for each teen just for attending the full presentation. (Associate members must be of legal driving age and reside in the same household as the primary member. Associate members must have the same level of coverage as the primary member.)

You may register for a Dare to Prepare program by calling 1-757-233-3889. Space is limited. (Location and times subject to change without notice.)


The Keys to Safer Teen Driving

AAA Scholarship Program - J. Theron "Tim" Timmons Scholarship

As a tribute to J. Theron "Tim" Timmons and his work, the board of Directors established the Tidewater Automobile Association of Virginia - J. Theron "Tim" Timmons Memorial Scholarship Foundation


Parent-Teen Driving Agreement

Parent-Teen Driving Agreement

Teens want wheels and the freedom that driving brings. Parents are concerned for their children's safety. For teens to consistently operate a vehicle in a safe, economical and responsible manner, parental involvement is essential. AAA created the Vehicle Use and Operation Agreement form to help parents set specific guidelines and exact consequences for infractions of the agreement. Both parents and teens have a responsibility to maintain a relationship characterized by mutual respect and two-way communication.


AAA Keys 2 Drive

AAA Keys to Drive

Involved in teen driver safety for 75 years, AAA has a full range of tools to help parents and teens throughout the whole learning-to-drive process. Keys2Drive provides parents an easy way to work with their teens through each step, from choosing a driver education program to deciding when solo driving is permitted. Visit National AAA Teen Driving to learn more.


Safest Cars for Teens

Best Cars for Teens

Help protect your teen driver by avoiding vehicles that lead to reckless driving. To help you choose the right vehicle, the Auto Club’s Automotive Research Center (ARC) has evaluated vehicles based on a set of criteria such as crash test ratings, engine type, vehicle size, and fuel economy to develop a list of the best cars for new teen drivers. Read on for a list of recommended vehicles.



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