A Message to Parents and Guardians


Having your teen reach the important milestone of learning to drive is exciting and scary at the same time. This guide is meant to assist you in making this endeavor not only meaningful but enjoyable. Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege that comes with many responsibilities. Assisting your new driver in learning to be safe, courteous, and attentive on our roadways is the first step in a lifelong journey of driving.

Students who receive careful direction, supervision, and plenty of behind the wheel practice from their parents are among the most successful and safest drivers.

As you know, driving is a task that requires your full attention. New Hampshire drivers should be prepared for changes in the weather and road conditions, which can be a challenge even for an experienced driver. This guide will provide you with a tool to assist your teen driver practice safe driving maneuvers.

Thank you for taking an active role in your teen’s driving education and for helping the next generation of drivers have a safe and enjoyable experience on our New Hampshire roadways.

NH Department of Safety
Division of Motor Vehicles

The New Hampshire Driver Education Teachers Association is excited to provide you with The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program manual.

This guide focuses on the critical role of the parent in the teen driver education process and encourages parents and teens to drive together in a variety of weather conditions and in unfamiliar settings, be it rural roads, highways, in cities and in other heavy traffic situations. The manual’s design provides important instructional modules which contain information on how and where to complete the lesson for maximum success. Allowing your teen to spend as much time as possible behind the wheel will increase the development of their driving skills.

The purpose of driver education is to instill safe driving habits that last a life time. By offering an enhanced supervised driving experience, we hope that parents and guardians will extend the supervised driving period beyond the state requirement of 40 hours.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths. Roadway safety in New Hampshire is dependent on the behavior of each individual driver. Your commitment to assist your child in maximizing this learning experience is commendable. The time you spend teaching your teen how to drive might just save their life.

The NHDETA is proud to be a partner in creating safer roadways for all of us.