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GDL & Driving Schools

No Way Back | NRSF Documentary Excerpt

GDL: Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems allow teen drivers to safely gain driving experience, during lower risk times and situations, before obtaining full driving privileges. Every state’s law is unique, and it is important to know the ins and outs of your law.

Adult Tips:

  • Be a good role model.

  • Do not rely on driver's education to teach your teen. Slowly introduce them to complicated driving situations.

  • Create a written agreement, like the New Driver Deal from the National Safety Council, and define expectations, milestones, and consequences.

  • Use the SADD Contract for Life and tell them how important it is that they come home safe and sound.

Teen Tips:

  • The driver and all passengers should always wear seat belts during every trip and in every seat.

  • Know how many passengers you are allowed to have in your vehicle.

  • Teen passengers increase the risk of teen driver crashes exponentially.

  • Do your research - find out what the nighttime driving restrictions are in your state.

  • Never drive distracted.

  • It is illegal and deadly to drink or use drugs and drive.

  • Talk to your parents.



Driving School: Choosing the right driving school can be difficult. Here are some tips!

Adult Tips:

  • Price should not be the only consideration.

  • Visit the states' Driver Education website to see what schools are approved/licensed.

  • Ask what curriculum the school uses.

  • How many classroom and behind-the-wheel hours are offered?

  • Do they conduct classroom training?

  • What type of training and certification do they require for their instructors?

  • Do they offer a parent/guardian seminar?

  • Do their instructors give progress reports and a list of things to work on?

  • Are they a member of any state or national associations that strive for the betterment of driver education?

Teens Tips:

  • Talk with an adult about the different driving school options to pick the one that best fits your needs.

  • Visit the state's Driver Education website to see what schools are approved/licensed.

  • Ask questions. If you don't understand something or a specific skill you're learning, ask the instructor to explain further.

  • If you're not comfortable with your instructor, speak with your parent or an adult to express your concerns.

  • Relax. This is a life skill that you want to master. If you're tense, it's hard to focus on the task at hand.


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