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What is AAA StartSmart?

The AAA StartSmart program helps families get through the crucial period when teens are learning to drive. A series of newsletters helps you identify the challenges you and your teen will face and how to work as a team to reduce risk.

AAA StartSmart

Welcoming Your New Driver

Becoming the New Driver in Your Family

Teen Driving Safety Information

Teaching Your Teens to Drive

Graduated Driver Licensing

State Laws

Additional Driver Safety Information

How does it work?

Once you sign up, you will receive a series of e-newsletters focused on topics related to teen driver safety and parent involvement. You will also have access to the Parent-Teen Driving Agreement - which when followed has shown to reduce risky teen driving behavior. AAA StartSmart consists of 18 newsletters addressing topics such as:

  • Driving at night
  • Conducting supervised driving
  • Distractions
  • Using a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement

Click here to see a sample newsletter.

Who should sign up?

You should sign up if your teen (A) already has his/her Learner’s Permit, or (B) is within 2 months of receiving his-her Learner’s Permit.

Is your teen between 2-6 months away from receiving his/her Learner’s Permit? Register to have an email reminder sent to you when it is time to enroll in StartSmart.

Parent testimonials

“When David started learning how to drive, I went looking for tools to help me out. I found the StartSmart program to be invaluable. I highly recommend the StartSmart program to all parents with teens who are learning how to drive.”— Kayla C.

“When other teens are in the car, my main concern is Brian trying to do all kinds of daring things. Thanks to StartSmart, I limited his driving with friends during the first months after he got his license.”— Alex C.

“I make it a point to go out with Jerry driving, just like the StartSmart Newsletter 1 said. I’m seeing real improvement—and besides, it gives us some ‘quality time’ together.”— Rose M.

“I worry about my daughter driving at night. This is why I will personally supervise any nighttime driving she does for at least the first three months after she gets her license.”— Jordan F.


AAA StartSmart is powered by the Checkpoints Program.

The Checkpoints Program was developed by Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton of the National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Checkpoints is a trademark of U.S. DHHS.

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AAA Northern New England is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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