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Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety (VADETS)

VADETS is a Professional Driver Education Association with the mission to improve the quality of driver education and provide effective instruction to new drivers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The VADETS membership is drawn from over 2,500 driver education professionals who teach in public, private, and driver training schools.

We hope you find the information and links useful in your quest to provide young drivers with the skills needed to drive a motor vehicle safely.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

VADETS 2023 On-Site Conference

Sunday July 9, 2023 (10:00 am-5:00 pm) at JMU

Virtual Conference will be

Tuesday, October 3, 2023. 

Click the "Join Us" link to register.

Buckle Up Phone Down!

Did you know it is illegal in Virginia to hold a handheld communication device (phone) while operating a moving motor vehicle? Still, we see drivers doing it every day. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Please don’t be one of them. Other distractions, like eating, applying makeup, adjusting the radio or air conditioning, can also be dangerous. Anything that draws your attention away from the task of driving is distracted driving and can cause a crash.

Driven To Protect Discovery Hub

See the link below to see an overview about the Driven to Protect Discovery Hub: https://youtu.be/Hg9MLhkoBV8.

This is a great way for educators to learn more about their online resources.  Download  social media content from Driven To Protect for Teen/Driver safety week.


DRIVE SMART Virginia is excited to announce that the 10th Annual Distracted Driving Summit will be held in Blacksburg, Virginia at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Conference Center on September 13-14, 2023! We hope you'll be able to join us. You can expect more information in the new year. Mark your calendars!! 

Poster, Bumper Sticker, License Plate Contest

The Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety (VADETS) is sponsoring a 2023 poster, bumper sticker, and license plate contest. The contest will be judged at the VADETS State Conference in July, 2023. The theme is general traffic safety and students should select issues or topics they feel are important to driver education. Each school should conduct its own contest and teachers may submit the best three (3) entries in each category at the conference. All submissions for contests are due 6/1/2023.  Questions may be submitted to VADETSinfo@gmail.com.

Teachers can submit a picture of  posters, bumper stickers & license plates to this Google Folder (name file with student's name) and bring them to the conference  or mail them to:


PO Box 1

Powhatan, VA 23139


Congratulations to our Driver Education Teachers of the Year!

Classroom TOY:

 Krista Link - Prince William County  Schools 

Classroom TOY: 

John Eddinger - Loudoun County Public Schools

In-Car TOY: 

 Mike Piacesi - Prince William County Schools

For information about Teacher of the Year and to nominate a teacher for next school year, please visit this link to download and email (vadetsinfo@gmail.com) or mail the completed form to:

VADETS Teacher of the Year Committee 

PO Box 1

Powhatan, Va  23139

TOY nominations are due 5/1/2023.

Curriculum Workbooks

This 116-page study guide/workbook provides the framework for the content in the Curriculum and is also designed to assist students in learning safety concepts.


$125 per case + 20% Shipping and Handling

Each case contains 50 study guide/workbooks

Workbooks shipped in multiples of 50 only

Workbook Order Form

For additional information email vadetsworkbooks@gmail.com


VADETS for Teachers


VADETS Online Driver Education Program 


VADETS Workbooks


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