Teen Driving

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death to teens. In 2015, 6 teens died every day from injuries suffered during a motor vehicle crash.

For Parents

What is the Colorado Graduate Driver License (GDL) process?  Imagine playing an instrument for the first time or the first time playing a sport. It is not an easy task. It takes time and practice to master. The GDL has been implemented for the same reason. To allow a teen driver to practice in a safer settings (no young passengers, cell phone distractions or late night driving) can allow them to understand the rules of the road and how to respond properly in hazardous situations.  Whether they start driving when the are 15, 16, 17 or even 18, research shows a steep drop in crash risk as new drivers gain experience during the first 12 months of driving.

Questions on the permitting, licensing and Graduated Drivers License process? Watch this quick Online Parent Course.

Start the conversation early. Put together a Driving Contract with your teen. This will help spell out rewards, consequences and what is expected from your new driver.

Where is your teen on the GDL path? This interactive tool can help or use the GDL Pathway Flyer.

Which vehicle is best for a teen? Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put together a list of vehicles that meet safety criteria ideal for teens starting as low as $3,000. Safety does not need to break the budget!

Parents, your role is critical! Teens have been watching you since they were young and will ultimately follow many of the same habits you have. Start by being a good role model by wearing your seat belt and not driving distracted.

For more information visit CO Teen Driver website Teens in the Driver Seat.

For Teens

Do you know the laws you must follow for driving until you are 18?

Teach me to GDL

What happens if you break those laws? You’ll receive points on your license.


Hit 6 or more points within a year and your license will be suspended.


Driving isn’t easy! These laws help to make it a little easier as you practice. Most teen crashes are due to 3 “critical errors”; lack of scanning, speeding and distraction.