What is it and why the hype?
Like any new activity, learning to drive requires practice and gradual pacing. Graduated licensing introduces beginners to the driving experience in a low-risk manner, protecting both new drivers and others.
Graduated licensing systems include limits on late-night unsupervised driving and the number of teenage passengers in the car - factors that are known to contribute to high teen accident rates. These limits allow teenagers to get enough practice in different driving situations until they're able to drive on their own without restrictions.
The three phases of GDLs are: a supervised learners period; an intermediate license, which allows unsupervised driving depending on various situations; and a full privileges license. Systems vary by state so visit www.iihs.org for information on GDL's in your state.
How does this help me?
Graduated license programs help teens learn and develop driving skills while lowering the risk of accident or injury. This is because supervision and lack of distraction allow you to concentrate fully on the road when you are still learning the basics.
GDLs also give parents peace-of-mind that their teen is protected from distractions at a critical time.
If your state has a GDL program, or if your parents are implementing one on their own, take advantage of it. You now have the perfect way to earn respect on the road and prove your commitment to driving responsibly without having to deal with friends, cell phones or other major distractions.