Massachusetts based Safe Driving Effort Wins National Honor

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program recognized for helping parents better coach their teen driver

September 10, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A teen driver safety program based and founded in Massachusetts has won top honors from a national traffic-safety group. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), comprised of Governor-selected highway safety representatives from across the United States, awarded The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program with the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award. The award recognizes notable achievements in the field of highway safety.

“Parents have a great influence over the way their teens drive,” says Jeff Larason, President of Safe Roads Alliance and publisher of the Program. “The Learner’s Permit phase is the last and best chance for parents to have a positive impact on teen driver safety, and The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program guidebook and mobile app provide the tools that can help.”

The program guidebook includes a detailed instruction plan, training tips and sample driving exercises that parents and teens can complete together. Parents and teens are also encouraged to download the program’s free mobile app, RoadReady®, available for iOS users, to track the time they spend together behind the wheel with the click of a button. The app is available on the App Store℠.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program is provided to states and to parents at no cost through underwriting from private organizations. In Massachusetts, Safety Insurance and Ford Motor Company are proud supporters of the Program and the effort to provide readily available resources to parents during the teen driver education process.

“Safety Insurance is proud to sponsor this important program and pleased to see its impact recognized,” said George Murphy, Vice President of Marketing for Safety Insurance. “Safety is committed to making the driving experience safer for teens. Becoming a new driver is an exciting and stressful time, for both parents and teens, and this guide helps make that transition easier.”

Steve Kenner, Global Director of Ford’s Automotive Safety Office stated, “The skills outlined in this guide are meant to help teens learn to be better drivers. It is one of the ways Ford works to help teens.” Kenner continued, “Our commitment to teen safe driving is at the heart of Ford’s Go Further brand promise, and we are very pleased to be a part of this achievement.”

Most states require that parents supervise their teens’ driving for 30-70 hours before they become licensed to drive independently. In Massachusetts parents are required to drive with teens for 40 hours.

Safe Roads Alliance launched the program in partnership with the Massachusetts DOT RMV in January 2012. It has since expanded to partnerships in 18 additional states, including Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Washington, and Wisconsin.

The Governors Highway Safety Association award is the latest recognition of The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program. In 2013, the program was the recipient of a National Roadway Safety Award from the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and National Roadway Safety Foundation.

For media questions, please contact:

Jeff Larason, President, Safe Roads Alliance at 617-429-9601