In 2012, the AAA Foundation released a new study that shows the presence of passengers in a vehicle increases the risk of fatal crash involvement for teenage drivers. Download »
By advocating for graduated driver licensing, helping parents work with their teens and improving driver education, AAA has been involved in teen driver safety for decades. We continue our efforts in classrooms, at state houses and around family kitchen tables, and we invite you to join us.
AAA and other safety advocates continue to work for improvements that focus on several key licensing components:
- Passenger limits: No more than one passenger under age 21 during a teen driver’s first six months of solo driving.
- Night driving limits: No driving between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Mandatory practice: Requiring at least a six-month holding period for a learner’s permit and 50 hours of certified practice driving.
Currently, only five states meet or exceed AAA GDL guideline standards in these core areas: Delaware, Indiana, New York, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
The positive effects of strong GDL systems have been extensively measured. States with comprehensive GDL systems (five or more of seven key GDL components) have experienced a 38 percent decrease in fatal crashes involving 16-year-olds and a 40 percent reduction in injury crashes. States with fewer and/or weaker components saw smaller reductions.
For more information, contact Nancy White, Director, Public Relations: 202-942-2079.