The answer to this question is that you should. It turns out that the first 12 months — or the first 1,000 miles — are among the riskiest driving times in any teen’s life.
To address this particularly risky time, many states have adopted Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) laws to:
- Minimize nighttime driving
- Reduce the number of teen passengers allowed
In fact, GDL laws have proven to reduce these risks by 20% to 40%.
Do you know what your state’s GDL laws are? States vary in how they’ve implemented these special licenses for teens, but the parent is really the best feature of this effort.
- Learn about GDL laws in your state
- Learn how parents can guide and monitor their teen’s new driving experience
Think 1,000. As the ultimate protector of your teen as they grow, be a key part of their safety by riding along for those first 1,000 miles and learn more about what you can do while you’re in the passenger seat.
— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council