All teen drivers are at higher risk because they lack driving experience and judgment that only come with time and driving.
Managing the vehicle is only the beginning of learning to drive – decision making and judgment come with experience over time.
Teens with their own vehicles are at greater risk because they drive more and have fewer restrictions placed on them.
Even “responsible” friends in the car can be distracting. Crash risks are nearly doubled with one passenger – and go up further with each extra passenger.
All young passengers are potentially distracting and at risk with a new driver – siblings are not safer.
The GDL program is good, but is just a MINIMUM. Strict parent-imposed driving restrictions that go beyond the laws, increase teen safety.
Nearly all parents DO set limits, and teens expect limits. The stronger the limits, the better the safety outcomes.