Teen Programs

Help prepare your teen for the road ahead

AAA places a high priority on providing effective teen traffic safety and educational programs. We can help you coach your teen driver on safe driving habits and prepare them for the road ahead.

Teen Programs

Teen driver facts*

  • 1 in 5 teens will be involved in a crash during their first year of driving
  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens age 16 to 19
  • Teens are about 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash per mile driven
Driver training

AAA Teen Driving School

AAA cares about the safety of your teen, and we want to help you prepare your teen for the dangers of driving. That's why we have training that offers a premier research-based curriculum focused on teen driver safety, with high-quality professional instructors who are AAA-trained and state-licensed, 30 hours of classroom instruction at convenient locations in Maine and New Hampshire, 10 hours of in-car driving instruction1, and free AAA membership for your teen once they graduate from the class.2

 

Find classes in your state:

Auto Club Driving School

The right driving school can make all the difference. AAA cares about the safety of your teen and wants to help you prepare your new driver for the dangers of driving. We have developed a premier research-based curriculum with teen safety in mind, so you can put your new driver on the road with confidence.

Dare to Prepare

If you're a parent with a teen preparing to drive, you may find yourself asking any number of questions about what is ahead. AAA wants to help with Dare to Prepare, a free, interactive workshop designed for parents and their teens age 14-15 to attend together. It focuses on critical information before teens take the wheel, such as the roles and responsibilities of driving, how to pick a safe vehicle, and what to look for in a good driving school.

Supplemental online driving course

AAA’s How to Drive Online training program supplements states’ specific requirements for driver’s licenses for teens. Teens can work at their own pace through the 25 hours of content. The course includes training videos, Crash Cam footage, driving simulations, interactive memory exercises, and quizzes on the rules of the road. It concludes with a test to determine your teen’s preparedness for subsequent training.

How to Drive Online is: 

  • Convenient: Teens can access the online instruction anytime, anywhere
  • Reliable: The course's scientifically validated curriculum is based on the latest research
  • Informative: For $15, an optional course is available to help parents as their teen learns to drive

How to Drive Online – for Indiana members only 

AAA’s How to Drive Online delivers the rules and essential elements of safe driving in an interactive and innovative way. Approved in the state of Indiana for novice driver classroom education, this online program aims to ensure that safe driving habits are developed and maintained for life.

According to Indiana state law, a driver education program consists of thirty (30) hours of classroom or online instruction and six (6) hours of professional behind-the-wheel training with a state approved driver education provider.

Auto Club Driving Schools, Inc. for South Central Ohio teen drivers 

This program designed for teens between the ages of 15 years, 5 months and 18 years old consists of learning fundamental driving skills and techniques.  The state of Ohio requires the course to consist of 24 hours of classroom and eight hours of in-car driving instruction. After completion, individuals receive a state certificate that may qualify them for an auto insurance discount. 

Auto Club Driving Schools, Inc. for Kentucky teen drivers 

This program designed for teens focuses on fundamental driving skills and techniques.  The course consists of 10 hours of classroom (including state-required Graduated Licensing Program) and six hours of in-car driving instruction.  An additional 20 hours of at-home, self-paced study is available at no additional charge.

Online training program – for West Virginia drivers only  

AAA’s How to Drive Online training program supplements states’ specific requirements for driver’s licenses for teens. Teens can work at their own pace through the 25 hours of content. The course includes training videos, Crash Cam footage, driving simulations, interactive memory exercises, and quizzes on the rules of the road. It concludes with a test to determine your teen’s preparedness for subsequent training. 

How to Drive Online course is:

  • Convenient: Teens can access the online instruction anytime, anywhere
  • Reliable: The course's scientifically validated curriculum is based on the latest research
  • Affordable: Members enroll for $19.95 and non-members enroll for $24.95
  • Informative: For $15, an optional course is available to help parents as their teen learns to drive

How to choose a quality driving school

When the time comes to pick a driving school, look beyond your budget and timeframe to seek out a quality driving school—one that focuses on your teen’s safety, not just passing the license test at the cheapest price.

  • Ask around.  Check with friends and family about driving schools they’ve used.
  • Call different schools. Ask about their operations, as well as references.
  • Visit several schools. Sit in on a session; examine the vehicles and student materials; and ask how instructors are trained.
  • Focus on quality. Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs. 

AAA Driver Improvement

The AAA Driver Improvement course will teach you the newest techniques of defensive driving in six hours of classroom or online instruction. Upon completion of the classroom course, you will receive a certificate for three-point demerit credit on your New Hampshire or Maine driving record. Maine licensed drivers can choose between online or classroom options providing you access to training anytime and anywhere.

Online course | Find Maine and New Hampshire classes

Graduated Driver Licensing laws

Graduated Driver Licensing programs aim to lower the death and injury toll among teen drivers by allowing them to gain driving experience before getting a license. Most programs include three stages for teenagers:

  • Learner: supervised driving, followed by a driving test
  • Intermediate: limited unsupervised driving
  • Full privilege: standard driver's license

Maine licensing | New Hampshire licensing | Vermont licensing

Teen drivers and their parents should take special care during the '100 Deadliest Days' of summer

The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are especially dangerous for teen drivers. In 2016, an average of 10 people were killed each day in crashes involving a teen driver during this period, known as the "100 Deadliest Days." Take a closer look at some of the factors that make summer such a dangerous time for young drivers, and see what parents can do to help make learning to drive a safer process.
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When you can’t be there, AAA can

Add your teen to your membership and enjoy peace of mind knowing they’ll be covered, no matter what car they’re in as a passenger or driver, by our legendary 24/7 Roadside Assistance.

Sign up today  

 

Tips for insuring your teen

Contact your insurance company before your teen begins supervised practice driving to make sure you’re covered. Ask what options will be available when your teen can legally drive.

If you are currently insured through AAA, call 1-800-924-6141 to ask about adding your teen to your insurance policy.5

If you do not have auto insurance through AAA, you can request a quote online, or visit your AAA branch.

 

Parent-Teen Driving Agreement

AAA research and experience have shown that it’s critical for parents to have candid discussions with their teens and to set specific boundaries about what the Graduated Driver Licensing law means for them.

To help parents coach their teens, AAA developed the free Parent-Teen Driving Agreement, which:

  • Outlines rules for your teen driver’s safety
  • Identifies agreed-upon consequences for breaking rules
  • Encourages discussion about expectations for both parent and teen

Maine agreement   |   New Hampshire agreement   |   Vermont agreement

 

AAA Keys2Drive

Keys2Drive provides parents the tools to work with their teens through each step of the learning-to-drive process, from choosing a driver education program to deciding when solo driving is permitted.

Maine  | New Hampshire | Vermont

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Best cars for teens

New teen drivers need cars that are easy to use, safe, and up-to-date. To help you choose the right vehicle, our Automotive Research Center has evaluated cars based on a set of criteria including crash test ratings, engine type, vehicle size, and fuel economy to find the best choices for new teen drivers.

See the list of recommended cars

 

Distraction & teen crashes

Six out of 10 teen crashes involve driver distraction. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Iowa that analyzed almost 1,700 videos of in-vehicle camera found the problem may be greater than once thought.

Get information on how it happens and how to prevent it

 

Hands-free distraction study

Using voice commands while driving feels safe. After all, your eyes are on the road, and your hands are on the wheel. But according to AAA research, you’re more distracted than you think.

Learn more about the study

 

What to do in case of a crash

No matter how well your teen drives, there’s a significant chance they’ll be involved in a crash: 20 percent of teens will experience one in their first year of driving. Be prepared with our guide to the most commonly asked questions after a crash, including:

  • What information should I get at the scene of the accident?
  • What are my responsibilities and options?
  • How can I tell if I’ve been involved in a fraudulent collision?

Learn what to do

*Facts obtained by: 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Online]. (2012). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Dept. of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts 2013: Young Drivers. Washington (DC): NHTSA. Available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812101.pdf. 3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dept. of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts: Distracted Driving 2012, DOT HS 812 012. April 2014.

 

1Other in-car training options are available. Driving school schedules and locations subject to change without notice.

 

2Free 12-month associate membership cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon. Available to graduates of full driving programs (classroom education with 10-hour in-car driving instruction). Each associate member must be of driving age and reside in your household. Limit six associates per membership. Associate members must be the same level as the primary member. Additional dues apply for Plus and Premier associate members. Plus and Premier benefits for new associates are effective 7 (seven) calendar days after upgrade is processed, and receipt of full payment due. The extended benefits will not apply to any vehicle breakdowns that occurred prior to, or during, the seven day period. Member eligibility, dues, fees, benefits, and services subject to change without notice. Applications subject to approval and acceptance by AAA. This offer is non-transferable. Other restrictions may apply. Driving school schedules and locations subject to change without notice.

 

3When you register for InGear on the Posit Science website and participate in the InGear program, your information will be provided to AAA, which will then measure the driving outcomes of those participating against those not participating.

 

4The $100 gift card is awarded upon completion of the InGear program. Please allow up to (3) three weeks for the delivery of your unique claims code at which time you will need to log onto www.aaa.com/giftcards and enter your physical address and then select your $100 gift card from one of the listed merchants. Your gift card will then be delivered to you within (2) two weeks of your action. No purchase is necessary. The gift card can be used anywhere in the U.S., excluding U.S. territories. Only one gift card can be awarded per person. We reserve the right to change the offer without notice. Participating merchants may change. Each merchant’s gift card will have its own terms and conditions. Please see the merchant’s gift card for these additional terms and conditions. AAA is not responsible for lost or stolen gift cards.

 

5AAA membership, which requires a separate payment of annual dues and an admission fee for new members, may be required for the purchase of AAA insurance.

 

AAA insurance is a collection of AAA branded products, services and programs available to qualified AAA members.  AAA personal lines insurance is provided by Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club in CA, HI, NM, ME, NH, PA, VA and VT; by Automobile Club Inter-Insurance Exchange (ACIIE) and Auto Club Family Insurance Company in AL, LA, MO, AR and MS, and in parts of IN, IL, and KS; by Auto Club County Mutual Insurance Company and Auto Club Indemnity Company in TX; by Auto Club Property Casualty Insurance Company in KY and WV; and by Member Select Insurance Company in OH. Insurance may also be provided by independent carriers.  Life insurance is underwritten by AAA Life Insurance Company, Livonia, MI.  AAA Life is licensed in all states, except NY.  The Motor Club or its affiliates act as an authorized agent for insurers they sell insurance for including AAA Life and AAA affiliate insurers.

 

Not all personal lines insurance coverages may be available in every state. Please consult your local AAA agent to confirm those coverages available in your state.