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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.  See below for specific topics and email addresses for assistance: 

VADETS Workbooks

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

The Virginia Driver Education Curriculum has been updated to meet the 2022 Driver Education Standards. These will be posted on an ORPH site and information on accessing it will be sent.  The updated site has worksheets for the 12 modules. 


$200 which includes shipping and handling- Each case contains 50 study guide/workbooks.

Workbooks will be shipped in multiples of 50 only - no pickup allowed

Workbook Order Form


For general information about workbooks email vadetsonline@gmail.com

For questions about invoices or payments email vadetsfinance@gmail.com 


VADETS Virtual Conference 2024 

VADETS Virtual Conference will be

Wednesday, October 2, 2024. 



Learner's Permit Test Prep 

For students who would like more practice for the  learner's permit test or who have failed the learner's permit test 3 times, click here for more information and to register for the course.

VADETS Online Course

VADETS is Virginia’s teacher association for the improvement of driver education & traffic safety. The VADETS online driver education course provides an alternative educational opportunity for public, private and home-schooled students. Click here for more information and to register for the course. 


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, 2024. 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 5/16/2025.  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 2024 Driver Education Teachers of the Year!

Classroom TOY:


Nick Schwarz - Freedom High School

In-Car TOY: 


Amy Dignan, Prince William County Public 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 5/16/2025.

2024 Teacher Excellence Award

Please join us in congratulating our fellow board member and colleague, Debbie Fry, on being selected the 2024 Teacher Excellence Award winner for ADTSEA! She received the award and made a presentation at the ADTSEA Conference July 21-24 in Albany, NY. Debbie is the HPE Department Chair at Indian River HS in Chesapeake. Congratulations on this prestigious award!

In Memory of Janet Ragland

Our dear colleague Janet Ragland passed away on January 26, 2024. 

Janet had five decades of service to the students and teachers in Virginia. 

She was recently the recipient of the 2023 VADETS Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2024 SERADTSEA Tom Love Award.  

She will be missed!

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 Annual Distracted Driving Summit

August 8 & 9, 2024


DRIVE SMART Virginia invites you to join us at the 11th Annual Distracted Driving Summit on August 8-9 at the Richmond Downtown Marriott. Register soon to secure the early bird discounted rate!

NEW THIS YEAR! We are excited to announce a breakout track for EMS and first responders! There will be sessions dedicated to preventing roadside deaths and protecting first responders.

Join us as we learn valuable methods to fight distracted driving! Engaging and cutting-edge topics related to law enforcement, vulnerable road users, research and technology, first responders, and corporate and community strategies will be represented on the agenda. Topics and speakers will be announced in the near future.

Room block information can be found on the event website under the "location/room block" tab. We recommend booking your hotel room as soon as possible as space is limited. Per diem rooms are available to those that qualify. 

Daily parking will be validated for Summit attendees if using the city parking garage attached to the Marriott. If you are an overnight guest at the Marriott, you will be charged the overnight parking fee on your hotel bill.

We hope to see you at this year's Summit and please help us spread the word by sharing this invitation.

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