The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
Graduated Driver Licensing is a proven method of reducing teen drivers’ crash risk by 20-40 percent, and GDL works by maximizing experience while minimizing common risks teens face on the roads such as nighttime driving and carrying teen passengers. This allows new drivers to gain experience without exposure to high-risk scenarios.
All 50 states and D.C. have implemented some form of GDL. Typically, GDL has three stages:
- Learner’s permit - teen drivers only can drive with supervision
- Intermediate licensure - teens may drive unsupervised but with restrictions such as passenger and nighttime driving
- Full, unrestricted licensure
GDL laws vary from state to state. Click here for each state's laws.