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GDL programs show mixed progress

Posted On Thu, September 15, 2011

A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Graduated Drivers License programs may not have the desired effect when it comes to lowering fatal car crashes for those between the ages of 16 and 19.

American teenagers are at a higher risk to die from a car accident than they are anything else. The study found that for 16-year-olds, the program may have decreased fatal accidents. But when it came to older drivers, such as 18 and 19-year-olds, they were actually more prone to get into fatal crasheswhere GDL laws were in place.

"The net associations found in this study represent several possible crash-reducing influences of GDL, including less driving among younger teens; reduced exposure to high-risk conditions, resulting from more driving while supervised by an adult and less driving late at night or with multiple young passengers; and safer driving, resulting from improved learning," the study's authors wrote.

Young drivers, especially if they have a history of car trouble, may have a more difficult finding cheap insurance. It may be a good plan to shop around to find the best auto insurance quote possible.

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