Teen Drivers Ed

Ground Rules & Consequences

Young, inexperienced drivers, particularly 16- to 17-year-olds, die too often in fatal crashes largely because of immaturity and inexperience. Three-stage GDL laws  reduce these factors by gradually introducing driving tasks and privileges through controlled exposure to high-risk situations. All States and the District of Columbia have GDL laws with these three stages:

  • Learner's Permit,
  • Intermediate (Provisional) License, and
  • Full Licensure

Make sure you and your teen drivers know and understand your State GDL laws before they get behind the wheel.

Talk to your young drivers about their driving before and after they have their permit or license. Set the rules for driving and explain the consequences for breaking them. Your house rules can be tougher than the GDL laws, based on your assessment of your teen. Be accountable, and make them accountable

  • Write up a contract if you want to spell it out. Sign it and have your teen drivers sign. Remind them that driving is a privilege that can be easily revoked.
  • Talk often and stick to your own rules. You can have a contract with your teen without writing it down. Keep an open dialog with your young driver and make your rules and consequences crystal clear. Talk often and stick to your own rules.
  • Explain the consequences if your teen receives a traffic citation or is in a crash. In some GDL systems, citations or crashes delay advancement to the next licensing level and result in insurance penalties.¬†