The Checkpoints Program is an evidence-based, parent-oriented teen-driving intervention, for statewide adoption in Michigan using a sustainable delivery mode that could be adopted and institutionalized by other states. Two web-based Checkpoints Programs™ with interactive parent-teen driving agreements are available free—for Michigan at saferdrivingforteens.org, and for all states at youngdriverparenting.org.
Checkpoints™ was originally developed by Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The program was then adapted for the Web by the faculty of the University of Michigan Injury Center in two projects supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Download the U-M Injury Center's Issues & Solutions Sheet:
Visit the Safer Driving for Teens YouTube channel for videos.
Provides parents with information about:
- Risks teens face when first licensed (facts and myths about teen driving safety).
- How they can make their teens’ driving safer.
- How to effectively communicate with teens about safe driving (video content).
- Interactive parent-teen driving agreements that set clear guidelines and consequences for their teens’ early driving and adapt as their teens progress.
Evidence of Effectiveness
Checkpoints helps parents create and use a parent-teen driving agreement during the first months teens drive without supervision. Teens whose parents used the agreement reported fewer risky driving behaviors (such as speeding, tailgating, turning fast, unsafe lane changes, cutting in front of other vehicles, going through yellow-red lights, etc.).