RESEARCH

The Facts You Need To Know

SHARE THE KEYS IS RESEARCH-BASED

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for teens. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are as the single most effective tool for reducing teen driver related crashes, injuries and deaths. While New Jersey’s GDL is considered one of the most progressive and stringent in the United States (Williams et al., 2010), it must be fully understood and supported by parents in order to save lives. To that end, ensuring parents and teens fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving is essential to teen driver safety.

Evidence Based Behavioral Objectives

Parental Involvement has a significant impact on teen driver safety. Researchers have long known that parenting style has a strong influence on the likelihood of teens avoiding or talking part in behaviors such as smoking or drinking*. Driving is no different.

Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look, a research report from the Children’s’ Hospital of Philadelphia’s Research Institute and State Farm, examined the impact parenting styles had on teen driver safety and found that teens whose parents set clear rules and monitor where they are going and with whom in a helpful, supportive way (authoritative) are half as likely to crash and 71 percent less likely to drive intoxicated that teens whose parents are less involved/supportive. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other researchers (Simons-Morton. 2007) also point to parental influence directly impacting teen driving behaviors.

Share the Keys compels parents to utilize an authoritative style when guiding their teen through the GDL experience. Respecting the knowledge and experience of their audience Facilitators use a neutral/ non-judgmental presentation style and lead parents and teens in independent learning. Facilitators share vital information regarding teen driver safety, evidence based approaches to reducing teen driver crash risks and resources to support the adoption of best practices. Interactive exercises based on the Theory of Planned Behavior and Accelerated Learning allow parents and teens the opportunity to try on behaviors and gain confidence in their ability to implement the presented techniques after the orientation with resources that encourage ongoing adoption of the behavioral objectives.

* Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look, CHOP (2009)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Driving Through The Eyes of Teens A Closer Look

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Parents are the Key
Handing Your Teen the Car Keys

THE SOURCES

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Driving Through The Eyes of Teens A Closer Look

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Parents are the Key
Handing Your Teen the Car Keys

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA (CHOP)
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA (CHOP)

New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Decals Linked to Fewer Crashes

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Decal Law
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Decal Law

Effect on Young
Probationary Drivers

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Graduated Driver License Violations
Graduated Driver License Violations

Enforcing the Graduated Drivers License
Quick Card For Law Enforcement

Parent Involvement in Novice Teen' Driving
Parent Involvement in Novice Teen' Driving

Rationale, Evidence of Effects, and
Potential for Enhancing Graduated Driver Licensing Effectiveness

Distracted & Dangerous
Distracted & Dangerous

Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road

New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commision
New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commision

Recommendation Report

NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY
NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY

Plea Agreements Ban

Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Traffic Injury Research Foundation

A New GDL Framework: Evidence Base to Integrate Novice Driver Strategies

Foundation for Traffic Safety
Foundation for Traffic Safety

Using Naturalistic Driving Data to Assess the Prevalence of Environmental Factors and Driver Behaviors in Teen Driver Crashes

Governors Highway Safety Association
Governors Highway Safety Association

Promoting Parent Involvement in Teen Driving

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SHARE THE KEYS…

  • The statistics for teen crashes in New Jersey are staggering.  Share the Keys bridges the gap by imparting the serious nature of responsible driving to teens while reminding parents that driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys.

    Patrolman Craig Hoover East Brunswick Police Department
  • "Share the Keys" is one of the most comprehensive training program for parents that are about to have a new teen driver.

    Robert Clarke Traffic Safety Specialist | South Jersey Traffic Planning Organization
  • As a law enforcement officer instructing the Share the Keys program, I see considerable value in reaching young drivers, and their parents, as the new driver is  at the highest risk for becoming involved in a crash in the first two years of their driving experience.  The resources and supportive data provided during the 90 minute presentation, give the audience the tools they need to successfully adopt safe driving behaviors.  

    Sergeant Brian Hopely Supervisor, Traffic Safety Unit | Ocean City Police Department
  • The Share the Keys program has been incredibly successful as well as helpful to all who have attended. The feedback from the parents as well as the new drivers has been extremely positive. EVERY new driver should attend.

    Pfc. Thomas A. Di Tullio Washington Twp Police Department | School Resource Officer
  • Share the Keys finds that perfect balance between teaching teens safe driving habits while reminding parents driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys. The continued responsibility of educating teen drivers still rests with involved parents.

    Patrolman Craig Hoover East Brunswick Police Department
  • In my opinion the 'Share the Keys' program will save lives of teen drivers by educating not only teen drivers themselves, but just as importantly the parents and guardians who have the greatest impact on enforcing safe driving on a daily basis. The program emphasizes parents and guardians setting good examples for their children as well as encouraging them to have open dialogue and taking responsibility for their teenagers when they hand them a set of keys.

    Matt Wolf Phys-Ed, Driver-Ed Teacher | Middle Township High School NJ.
  • Share the Keys plays an important part in educating new drivers and their parents on how to be a safe driver.  It focuses on, developing proper driving practices and close parental involvement. After all, there is nothing more important than keeping our teens alive.

    Patrolman Craig Hoover East Brunswick Police Department
  • From a teacher's perspective...Research is telling us STK is a proven winner for parents (involvement lessens crashes). STK is also an effective GDL teaching tool for new driver education teachers and law enforcement.  Parents depend on driver education teachers to be a resource for the GDL. STK provides clarity for safe teen driving behaviors.

    Maureen Nussman VP Health, NJAHPERD | NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition
  • The SHARE THE KEYS program could very well be the most IMPORTANT assembly program attended by high school students and their parents.

    Mike Sandor Supervisor of Health, Physical Education & Driver Safety | Summit High School

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