A Comprehensive Approach to Teen Driver Safety
A Comprehensive Approach to Teen Driver Safety.


Young, inexperienced drivers, particularly 16- to 17-year-olds, are significantly over represented in fatal crashes. Our research tells us that immaturity and inexperience are primary factors contributing to these deadly crashes by young drivers. Three-stage GDL laws address these factors by reducing high-risk exposure for novice drivers.

All States and the District of Columbia have a three-stage GDL system. Analysis shows that adopting GDL laws will lead to substantial decreases of crashes for this age group – anywhere between 20 and 50 percent.

The national Driver Education leadership has developed national standards for the administration of driver education in the States. These standards complete the third, and final, level of driver educational professional standards, along with curriculum
standards and model curricula.
Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards  

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century - GDL Grant Program

The Reauthorization for the Department of Transportation, MAP-21, includes a grant program for the states that certify certain provisions are contained in their GDL process. Among the provisions needed are nighttime, passenger and cell phone restrictions for novice drivers. Also included is a state-certified driver education program. A full list of provisions needed to be contained in the state GDL process can be found in the Interim Final Rule (see attachment or link) starting on page 63.

This section contains collateral material that provide more information about graduated driver licensing and how it can be effective. This material can be used as a resource in your to help meet specific objectives, while simultaneously joining with other States, communities, and organizations across the country.