A teen’s highest risk to be in a crash is within the first two years of driving. Teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes compared to other age groups. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are programs and resources available to address the safety of our teen drivers.
GDL laws reduce risk by making sure teens gradually build up driving experience under lower-risk conditions as they mature and develop skills. Nebraska’s GDL law took effect in 1999 and since then we have seen decreases in both injury and fatality crashes for teens.
A UNL study found that driver’s education significantly reduces crashes and traffic violations among new drivers.
Parents are an integral part of the process in teens learning how to drive. A certified driver education course provides a great foundation; however, there is no way a teen that completes a driver education program is an expert driver. They need practice, practice, practice with a parent! There are resources to help you as a parent in this important process.