GDL Saves Teen Lives
Graduated Driver Licensing, commonly referred to as GDL, is an experience-based method for beginning drivers to earn driving privileges that are introduced in phases. This state licensing policy works by keeping teens out of high-risk driving situations (such as at night, with peer passengers) while they are given the chance to develop driving skills in lower-risk situations (such as during the day, without peer passengers) and to gain needed on-road experience before driving under more challenging conditions.
Although three components of GDL separately contribute to reduced crash rates (extended learner permit period, nighttime driving restrictions, and passenger restrictions) , GDL programs that combine all three may result in the highest crash reductions among 16-year-old drivers.
To support stronger GDL laws in your state, the first step is knowing what’s currently in place. For a state by state guide that is regularly updated by the Advocates for Highway Safety, click on http://www.saferoads4teens.org/your-state.