The SmartDrive Foundation owns a well-deserved reputation for effectively improving teen driver
safety in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Since it’s inception in 2004 in response to a
devastating rash of 6 teen fatalities in a single month in Delaware, SmartDrive has maintained
its promise to offer the program to all students in the tri-state area free of charge,
ensuring that the opportunity to become a safer driver was available to all.
In 2009-2010, over 20,000 students and their parents were personally introduced to SmartDrive.
Over 4,000 students participated in the basic program that picks up where basic Driver Education
leaves off, teaching decision making skills, forethought and a mature, responsible approach to
driving via an interactive online program divided into themed modules. Students watch videos,
play games, and learn of real “ripped from the headlines” accounts of driving mishaps, from minor
infractions to fatal crashes and their devastating aftermath. Through these means, students are
taught how to become more mature in their driving judgment, and they learn that responsibility and
control of their driving environment begins and ends with them. Thousands more are participating in
SmartDriveU and SmartDrivePlus. The program uses positive reinforcement and incentives in a
preventive environment that impacts driving behavior on the front end.
In the upcoming academic year, we will take an important new step in our offerings by unveiling
SmartDrive/SmartSkills. With help from our founding partner and sponsor, the Delaware Department of Insurance, SmartSkills adds the “hands on” application of safe driving skills
in an actual “on the road” program for our participants this fall. Each SmartSkills program will
be offered for a full day at our partner schools and will address such driving topics as driver
awareness (including a hands on demonstration of the dangers of distracted driving), drowsy driving
and DUI. Other topics include vehicle care and maintenance, bad weather driving and other
The cost is $65 for the first student and $25 for the second in a family.