Distracted driving is the #1 killer of teen drivers according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. In an effort to prevent future tragedies and spread awareness to drivers through education, the department developed the Impact Texas Driver (ITD) program as a new step in the process towards receiving a license that is effective as of September 1, 2017. The program has two categories: the Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) program and the Impact Texas Young Drivers (ITYD) program. Both programs are offered by the Department of Public Safety free of charge but are mandatory to complete in order to receive a Texas driver’s license.
The ITTD program is a 2-hour video for teens who have completed either a teen driver’s education course or a parent taught driver’s education course (32 hours of classroom time and 44 hours behind the wheel) that shows real life results of distracted driving accidents in Texas as well as telling the stories of teens who have lost their lives from the consequential mistake.
The ITYD program is a 1-hour video of similar content that is required for drivers ages 18-24 to complete after finishing an adult drivers education course (You can check out Aceable’s adult driver’s ed course here!) For your benefit, the video is broken up into four modules that viewers can watch independently, so it does not need to be watched to completion in one sitting. However, each module must be completed in its entirety before progressing to the next so be patient- there’s not fast forwarding here. The program is modeled after California non-profit Impact Teen Drivers that uses state statistics, videos, and materials to engage teens in understanding the true effects of distracted driving in their state. After completing a 6-hour driver’s ed course, all drivers ages 18-24 must complete the ITYD program and obtain proof of completion (the ITYD Certificate of Completion) to bring along to the DMV in order to proceed with the driving skills test. Note, the 1-hour ITYD course is completely separate from the 6-hour driver’s ed course and is to be taken afterwards as the last step before the skills test. A copy of the certificate will be mailed to the address used to create the account on the ITYD website, but you can also log in to the website at any time to retrieve and print the certificate. Printed copies are the only acceptable certificates, so don’t forget to print before heading in to take the driving skills test.
In order to get started, you can sign up for an account on the ITYD website here.
Good luck, and remember- stay focused and off your phones!