PennDOT announced a new booklet to help keep teen drivers safe and save the commonwealth nearly $70,000 in annual printing costs.

“The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program,” developed by the Safe Roads Alliance, provides parents with a printed handbook designed as a simple, easy-to-follow guide to help their teens become safe and responsible drivers.

The alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving highway safety by improving driver education with particular emphasis on behind-the-wheel training.

The program also provides a mobile app to help parents track their teen’s practice drive times and training progress.

Booklets have been printed and distributed to driver license centers statewide and will be distributed to all teen drivers when a learner’s permit is issued.

The booklet replaces an existing PennDOT publication.

The new guide is underwritten by State Farm Insurance and Sheetz, saving the state $70,000 in annual printing costs.

From 2009 to 2013, 97,712 crashes on Pennsylvania roads, resulting in 759 fatalities, involved a 16- to 19-year-old driver.

More than 46 percent of those crashes resulted from either the teen driving too fast for conditions, driver inexperience and distraction or improper/careless turning.

The risk of a crash involving any of these factors can be reduced through practice, limiting the number of passengers riding with a teen driver, obeying all rules of the road and using common sense.

Info: www.theparentssuperviseddrivingprogram.com

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