ThinkFirst for Parents of Teen Drivers


ThinkFirst for Parents of Teen Drivers is an evidence-based program offered to parents of teen drivers.  We also invite their teen to join in for maximum benefit.  ThinkFirst for Parents of Teen Drivers, is a new 75 minutes program, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Association  funded program offered at no cost in high schools (or other venues). Parents make the first impact on their teen drivers and are the number one influencer for Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law adherence.

Through the ThinkFirst member hospitals/trauma centers with the health educator in partnership with local law enforcement, parents/guardians/teens learn what they need to know about keeping their teen driver (or soon to be driver) safe on the road. Law enforcement explains the GDL laws to ensure parents understand their risks and responsibilities on how to best support their teen drivers. This interactive turnkey program includes a short video, take home materials for the attendees, simple pre-/post- tests and Q&A giving the parents the knowledge and tools they need to successful address GDL laws with their teen driver.

Program Objectives

Objectives of the program are to increase:

  • Awareness of teen driving risks
  • Understanding of GDL law
  • GDL monitoring and adherence at home
  • Importance of being a positive role model

Law Enforcement & Health Educators

The program is delivered by trained Law Enforcement Officers and health educators who are the facilitators and coach parents by providing proven strategies to help parents lower their teens' crash risk and understanding the GDL law.

Interested in bring innovative programming to teach parents of new (or soon to be) teen drivers?

ThinkFirst for Parents of Teen Drivers The First is designed to help parents of teen drivers in the pre-permit, permit or intermediate stage of licensure.

The program uses a video and discussion to promote the importance of parents and teens working together to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. The facilitators educate parents by presenting key facts and proven strategies to help parents lower their teens' crash risk by utilizing GDL law.

Contact us today at to become a facilitator.

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