We all share our roadways, so when an inexperienced teen driver is on the road, we’re all affected. In fact, in 31 percent of fatal crashes involving teens aged 15 to 17, the victim was the occupant of another vehicle, not the teen driver. A quarter of these fatal crashes killed the teen’s passenger, and another 7 percent killed non-motorists such as pedestrians and bicyclists.
This isn’t just a teen issue – it’s a public safety issue.
- A science-based system that can markedly reduce teen drivers’ high crash risk (states with strong GDL systems have seen reductions of up to 40 percent).
- A three-tiered approach that gives new drivers gradual exposure to driving challenges, such as nighttime driving and passengers.
- A tool that gives teen drivers time to build experience and skills in lower-risk conditions.
- Not a punishment for bad or irresponsible drivers.
Any family can use GDL principles to keep their teen driver as safe as possible. Learn more about GDL and how its principles keep teen drivers safer.
- For new insights on teen attitudes and behaviors regarding driving, as well as tips and tools for keeping your teen safer on the road, visit The Allstate Foundation at ProtectTeenDrivers.com.
- For teens looking for ways to address the issue, please visit: KeeptheDrive.com.
- Coaches often are role models for teens and can help reinforce good driving habits. The coalitions have developed the GDL Game Plan for coaches to help them go over the GDL program. The Game Plan also includes a take-home brochure for parents
GDL Game Plans by State:
Do you know someone who was in a motor vehicle crash involving a teen driver? Share your story with HEARTS.
The HEARTS Network gathers stories of crashes involving teen drivers from around the United States. It’s community for individuals and families who can play a critical role in influencing behaviors, changing beliefs and impacting teen driving to make our roads safer and save lives.
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009
2Journal of Safety Research, 2003
3Injury Facts, 2011