How old do you need to be to begin your GDL program?

New drivers statistically have higher crash rates. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges.

Most programs include three stages:

  • Learner Stage: supervised driving, cumulating with a driving test;
  • Intermediate Stage: limiting unsupervised driving in high-risk situations; and
  • Full Privilege Stage: a standard driver’s license.

View our state map to see how old you need to be before starting your Graduated Driver Licensing Program.

GDL State Map Restrictions

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Back to School Driving



Back to School Driving

A new school year is just around the corner, meaning frantic mornings trying to get everyone out the door and to school (and work) on time. In the hustle and bustle, you may be impatient and hurried. Careless driving is especially dangerous near school zones where there are plenty of kids milling about. According to the National Safety Council, most incidents involving kids happen in close proximity to a school.

The start of the school year presents many obstacles to drivers; there are plenty of pedestrians, bicyclists, cars, and buses. In your rush to get your children to school by the time the bell rings, consider adding additional time for your morning commute and follow these back to school safe driving suggestions:


Before and after school, sidewalks and streets are filled with children.  Kids can be unpredictable and unaware of their surroundings or the risks. Many kids lose their lives in bus and car incidents while walking. Be on alert for sudden movements and school zone traffic safety laws . Here are some additional safe driving tips to help keep everyone safe:

  • Do not pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians
  • When you’re in a school zone and the flashers are blinking, you must stop and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks or intersections.
  • Do not block the crosswalk while waiting at a red light or preparing to turn.
  • You must always stop for a crossing guard or school patrol officer who is holding a stop sign.
  • Always use extra caution and be on the look-out for children around schools, playgrounds, parks and residential areas.


Kids on bikes are even more of a challenge. They can go fast, make sudden movements and come out from seemingly nowhere. Kids on bicycles, like pedestrians, do not always follow traffic rules and can be oblivious to their surroundings. Here are some school safety driving tips to help you avoid hitting hard-to-see bicyclists:

  • Be extra careful and watchful for bicyclists near schools, parks, and residential areas. Be on alert for bicyclists coming from in between parked cars and driveways.
  • When you’re making a left-hand turn and notice a bicyclist coming from the opposite direction, let the bike pass before turning. In fact, most bike and car incidents happen when vehicles are turning left.
  • If a bicyclist is coming from behind you and you’re turning right, leave at least 3 feet of space ( on the side of the road and allow the bike to pass before you turn.
  • Anticipate sudden movements and child riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling.
  • Check your side mirrors before opening your car door and always use your turn signals.


You can’t complete the back to school chaos without buses. Yes, buses can be slow and you sure don’t want to be behind one when it stops to pick-up or drop off kids. Kids die in school bus-related incidents at drop-off and pick-up sites every year. Most of these are a result of kids getting struck by cars going around buses. Here are some tips to help you avoid such tragedies:

  • You must always stop when a school bus’s yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop sign arm is extended. This is a law in every state.
  • Never pass a school bus after it has just dropped off kids.
  • When stopping behind a school bus, stay at least 10 feet away so children can safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert and extra cautious as it is not uncommon for kids to run out onto the street around a bus stop.

Other drivers:

Though you can’t control the driving behaviors of others, you can do your part in driving defensively to avoid a crash.  Be patient and don’t assume their movements. Chances are they are just as harried as you are. You won’t make things better if you’re impatient and drive aggressively. On the contrary, that behavior will make it more dangerous for everyone. Here are some tips to help you drive more defensively around other drivers:

  • Leave a safe following distance in case the car in front of you has to stop suddenly.
  • Don’t pass a stopped car
  • Avoid trying to squeeze by cars to make a right-hand turn.
  • Don’t honk out of frustration. Other drivers are likely to be just as stressed out as you are and honking may make matters worse.

Also keep in mind that there may be teen drivers taking their siblings to school. These new drivers may not be familiar with driving in traffic or with kids around. They may be extra cautious, so be sure to give them the benefit of the doubt.

For some driving techniques or classes, visit before you head out on the road.

Road trip Checklist

Road Trip Check List

Summer road trip checklist

It’ summertime! Time to pack up the vehicle and head out into the great unknown. Whether it’s a quick trip over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house or a cross-country drive to a new destination, there are several steps you should take to stay safe on the road.

 Here is a list of four simple things you can prepare to ensure safer travel.

  • Check your tires to ensure they are in good traveling condition. Worn tread, tire baldness or bulging could mean big trouble on the open road.
  • Know how to check the basic function of your vehicle. Check the oil, windshield wipers, antifreeze levels and all lights inside and outside of the vehicle before the trip. Prevention is always the best answer.
  • When going cross-country, or on an unfamiliar route, plan your gas station stops well. No one wants to run out of gas in the hot summer weather.
  • Drive defensively. You probably drive safely, but that doesn’t mean the other drivers will. Expect the unexpected. Always keep your eyes on the road, never text or operate the GPS, and do not let others in the car distract you from your greatest responsibility- Arriving to your final destination safely!

Always remember to buckle up, and never drink and drive. Have a fun time on your summer travels. For some driving techniques, visit before you head out on the road.

The Safest Cars for Teen Drivers


Choose a safe car for your teen

Once your teen can drive, you want them to say “yes, mom and dad, your incredibly safe and airbag filled minivan IS cool, I wouldn’t want to drive anything else, ” but we all know that is not the case. Not to worry, there are plenty of cars out there that have been designed to handle wear and tear, are cost effective, and more importantly very safe.

Here are a few things to consider when the day comes that you buy a vehicle for your teen driver:

  • Bigger = Safer – Heavier automobiles are safer and will typically win in a time of  a collision. Larger vehicles such as SUV’s can be a wise choice for your new driver
  • Avoid high horsepower –  Plain and simple – they just don’t have the experience to understand how this kind of power effects a vehicle and are likely to not know how to safely operate them
  •  Electronic stability – This technology has been mandatory in vehicles since 2012. It automatically helps maintain stability while navigating the terrain. There is proof that this technology has reduced fatal crashes nearly by half.

The fatal rate for teenagers is 3 x times higher than all other drivers. However, within the past 10 years, the safety requirements for vehicles have improved tremendously. The industry has been required to improve the safety aspects of all their vehicles.  Any parent will worry regardless,  but there are reliable and safe vehicles available that can help put your mind at ease.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a list of vehicles, which they have categorized into “good choices” and “best choices.” This shows the best large cars, midsize cars, small SUVs, midsize SUVs, large SUVs, minivans, and pickups in both the “good choices” and “best choices” categories, all of which start under $20, 000.

Make sure your child gets a proper driving education and plenty of supervised road time. Giving them the necessary skills to know how to navigate in the world of driving is the only way to truly help them stay safe on the road.

7 Driving Tips That Could Save Your Teens Life

Some of the toughest jobs on the planet are: protecting our great country in battle, ice road trucking, Alaskan crab fishing, prison warden, and being a statuesque guard at Buckingham Palace. But those jobs are nothing compare to the challenges of being a parent.

The constant teaching, loving, and worrying that comes along with parenting is not a part-time gig, it’s around the clock, and it is as demanding as it is rewarding.

When you kids are young you worry that they will fall and hurt themselves, won’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, or if they are getting enough sleep. But parenting takes on a new level of difficulty as they grow into their teen years. This is because now your teenager has the right to operate, maneuver, and be in charge of a moving box of machinery and steel.  That’s right…  now your child can drive.

So how can you teach your new driver to be as safe as possible while driving?

 Here are 7 driving tips to share with your teenager

Driving Tips for teens


Be a Part of the Solution | Franchise Opportunities

Franchise Opportunties Available

Despite all the reports and the warnings of the dangers related to distracted driving and driving under the influence, car crashes remain the #1 cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S.

90% of those crashes can be tied directly to driver error, and the statistics get even worse from there. They show us that, in general, we apparently have a natural tendency not to learn our lesson when the sad truth of the matter is right in front of us.

It turns out that 1 in 3 people have a loved one who was either seriously injured or killed in a crash. 1 in 5 people have been involved in a serious crash themselves, and 1 in 10 have been seriously injured in those crashes. Yet, in all those cases, those drivers continue their unsafe behaviors and driving habits.

Research has shown that an effective education in safe driving can significantly reduce these numbers. This study showed that drivers who had not completed their driver’s education were 75% more likely to get a ticket and 24% more likely to be involved in an accident that led to injuries or fatalities.

Entrepreneurs looking for a great franchise opportunity have a chance to be part of the solution and minimize the risks that drivers face every day.

Established Process and Proven Success

Applying for a franchise and choosing your territory is easy, and we provide extensive support and help throughout the entire process. review  information on  our website and from there, get in touch with us to discuss a franchise opportunity further

Our school has a proven record of success. We’re already operating in five different states, not including the online presence in all 50 states. We started back in 2005 with a single school in Puyallup, Washington, and since then we’ve taught more than 100, 000 students across the country.

There is room for a lot of growth in this industry and in your community. As you begin your first classes and provide a valuable service, word will begin to spread and families will come back so you can teach each of their children in succession.

High-Value Driver Education

911 Driving School offers a range of different courses so you can reach out to many different demographics and fill different needs. These courses include:

  • New Teen Driving courses
  • Adult First Time License and Refresher Courses
  • Teen and Adult Private Coaching Sessions
  • Teen and Adult Skill Enhancement Courses
  • Teen and Adult Online Practice Examinations
  • Corporate Fleet Training Programs
  • Specialized Law Enforcement Driver Training/Refresher Courses

Support and Assistance

We’ll help you get up and running as smoothly as possible. We’ll provide the support you need to start delivering quality education and working with new drivers in the area. Our support program includes:

  • Finding the best site to build your school
  • Providing potential financing options
  • Consulting on the site plan and design specifications for the build-out
  • Getting the proper state licensing to operate a driving school
  • Providing the training you need for yourself as the owner/operator, as well as for your administrative support and driving instructors
  • Launching your business with a Grand Opening that will help you build a name in the community
  • Participating in marketing initiatives that will build awareness of your school

More Than a Business Opportunity

Opening a 911 Driving School is a great chance to exercise those entrepreneurial muscles and take advantage of a great business opportunity. But it’s more than that. You and your school will be providing a valuable service that will make you a part of the solution. You can actively work to reduce fatalities and injuries on the road, creating a safer environment for everyone.

If you’re ready to take the next step, take a closer look at this franchise opportunity and be your own boss in an industry that makes a difference.

100 deadliest days to drive

Seven of the top 10 deadliest days of the year occurring between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.

According to a 2010 AAA analysis of crash data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the dates with the highest number of fatalities include June 10, July 4, July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14

Facts on the 100 deadliest days of driving

  • There are 37 percent more highway fatalities on July 4 than the average July day. It is the deadliest day to drive with more than 409 motorists dying and more than 49, 500 people injured over the holiday weekends.
  • In 2013, more than 371, 000 people were injured, and nearly 3, 000 were killed in crashes involving a teen driver
  • Teens are 3x as likely to crash in the summer time due to the carefree attitude and more time with friends. Distracted driving is a real problem amongst teens,
  • the majority of people killed (66%) and injured (67%) in crashes involving a teen driver are people other than the teen themselves
  • In 2013, an average of 220 teen drivers and passengers died in traffic crashes during each of the summer months.

Driving Tips Infographic




National Distracted Driving Month

Distracted Driving

Stop distracted driving

From the moment, we wake up to the alarm on our phones we are bombarded by a world run on technology. We spend the day walking around with our head in our phones, laptops, and iPads.

We check the news (obsessively), update our social media profiles (so that people are aware that we had a turkey sandwich with a pesto spread for lunch), we snapchat our friends about the fact that it’s snowing (like they can’t see that themselves), we shop online for the perfect-unnecessary pair of legwarmers (which we’ll never wear), and call and text our family and friends for no good reasons at all.

Take back your time

The one thing missing from this is the time we spend driving. People forget how nice it feels to detach from the constant stream of information that technology gives us each day. Many forget how refreshing it is not hearing the constant “ding” of their phones for a while. Time spent driving is the best, and safest, way to give yourself a few minutes a day of peace from the outside world. This is your chance to sing your favorite songs at the top of your lungs and reflect on your day, but more importantly, this is the time to avoid getting yourself, and others injured or worse.

April is National Distracted Driver’s month and we would like to educate you with a few pointers on how to be a safe driver by avoiding the following distractions:


That last minute email you HAVE to send can wait while you drive home, or, if the email just can’t wait, pull over in a safe place for the 4 minutes it’ll take you to send it and help make the roads a little bit safer for all who travel on them.

Stop lights

One misconception about texting and driving is that there is a right time to do it, at a red light. If you are in your car… you are still driving. This counts as distracted driving. Perhaps the person behind you is only looking at the light and not the car in front them (you). While you are idly checking your messages with your head down, the car behind you only saw green and has now rear-ended you. Ruining both of your days and causing possible injuries. Say the person behind you was also uninsured? Maybe even left the scene. Now your day is ruined and your insurance payments go up. Not to mention possible medical bills.

What is more important?

Watching for brake lights or Facebook? A pedestrian or a text message? Telephone poles or phone calls? Know your priorities every time you get into your car.

Not just your safety

When you text and drive you are telling other drivers that you don’t care about their safety. Just like you, while driving distracted and putting your faith in other drivers to keep you safe, they may be doing the same thing. Two wrongs don’t make a right, they make fatal crashes happen. Never assume other drivers are watching out for you. It’s always safer to assume that they are hoping you are watching out for them.

Dashboard technology

Many cars these days have built-in dashboard technology. They have the ability to help us get to our destination, make hands-free phone calls, and navigate the radio without taking our eyes off the road. But this is more distracting than your think. More than 30 studies show hands-free devices don’t make drivers any safer – the brain still remains distracted by the conversation. If you have the ability to program your dashboard, do so before you start driving. This will help keep your attention where it belongs.


We’ve all seen the girl putting on her makeup in her rear-view mirror while talking on the phone. Or the guy who somehow thinks that eating a bowl of soup, while driving with his knee, on the freeway is a good idea. Multitasking is a myth when it comes to driving. Driving is a full-time attention hog. Phones, food, pets on laps, all things that cause crashes from a lack of concentration on the road.

Bottom line is that while you are maneuvering a vehicle out on the roads, you are not only in charge of your own safety, but you hold the safety of other drivers in your hands as well. The amount of fatal car crashes in the U.S. would significantly go down if everyone followed these rules. Remember that a text can wait, your mascara can be put on once your vehicle has completely stopped, and don’t eat soup in the car

Be a part of the solution.
Currently operating in 5 states with a 50 state online presence, 911 Driving Schools’ potential has been demonstrated by our loyal following. Our student base is rapidly expanding and has recently reached over 100, 000 successfully trained students nationwide. With new schools available, here’s the opportunity to set your course for success.

Why Teens Delay Getting Their Driver’s License in Washington


Teen Driver

Teen Driving in Washington

Young teens, all over the world, long for the day when they can finally get their driver’s license. That glorious moment of teenage freedom, when they can drive a car full of friends, windows down, wind in their hair, sun on their face while singing along to their favorite band.

You might think that the masses of Washington teens would be no different, but the number of new drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 who are getting their license has dropped since 2004. More and more teens are waiting to get behind the wheel until the age of 18 or even 21.

According to The Seattle Times and the Department of Licensing, “Those are some of the riskiest driver on the road.”

Why the delay?

The biggest reason teens are waiting to get a driver’s license is due to the fact that, in 2012, the Seattle Public Schools stopped offering driver’s ed programs. And by 2013, 88% of students took driver’s ed classes at a private facility.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety did a survey on more than a thousand potential drivers between the ages of 18 and 21. Out of that group, the majority said they didn’t get their license at a younger age because “they didn’t have a car.” The second largest number said they “just didn’t get around to it.” The third largest percent of teens said “the cost of gas was too expensive.”

The costs of private driving schools can be out of the financial range for many families. Without the option of classes being offered in public schools, money can play a major role in when and how teenagers receive the proper education to receive their driver’s license.

The problem with waiting to get licensed

On average, the collected data of citations shows that teenagers who got their license at age 18 are three times more likely to receive citations than those who received their license at age 16. This is likely because 16- and 17-year-olds must have a permit to practice and take driver’s ed before they can receive a license. But once they turn 18, they simply have to pass the knowledge and in-person driving test.

In other words, the people who have waited to get their license, for whatever reason, are hitting the road without adequate practice and experience, making them some of the riskiest drivers behind the wheel.

Why driving education matters

A study done in Nebraska tracked 150, 000 teenage drivers over the course of eight years. The results showed that those who never participated in driver’s ed classes were 24 percent more likely to die in a fatal accident.Not to fret. Even though public schools no longer offer drivers ed classes, the private classes of Washington are the best of the best.There are several to choose from, which offer skillful practice and education to make sure their students are safe behind the wheel. There are even schools, such as

There are several to choose from, which offer skillful practice and education to make sure their students are safe behind the wheel. There are even schools, such as 911 Driving School, who employ trained police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel to teach teenagers, or anyone for that matter, to navigate the ways of the road.

Speaking of the law

The lawmakers in Washington attempted to address this problem by creating a class specifically to educate the 18 – 21 year-olds who haven’t become licensed. A bill was introduced that would require those drivers to take up to 10 hours of practical driving lessons. Unfortunately, the bill never passed the Senate, but they continue to fight for the proper education of teenage drivers.

Having the right tools stored in your brain while you navigate a vehicle can be the difference between life or death. Driving is a risk that we all take, but with the right education, it can make the roads a little bit safer for all those behind the wheel.

Being part of the solution

911 Driving School provides the kind of education that new drivers need before they get out on the road and face a range of potentially stressful and risky situations. In order to reach as many students as possible, this school is also a great franchise opportunity. We’ve successfully trained more than 100, 000 students in many different states, and helped many new business owners become an important part of the solution

What to do after a car crash?

Tips for after a car crash

What do I do after a crash?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 32, 000 people died in traffic crashes in 2014.

Even after driving lessons and focused, proactive driving, a crash can happen. It is important to be ready for such an occurrence so you can keep yourself and others safe from further harm. Here are a few steps to take if involved in an accident:

Stay calm

Stay calm and make sure that everyone in the car is okay. Staying calm is important because erratic behavior can cause more damage to you, others or your vehicle. Have confidence that things will be okay. Be sure to turn on flashers and move your car to a safe location if safe to do so.

Make safety you first priority

If you cannot get out of the car or if someone is seriously hurt, be sure to keep your seat belt fastened and call 911. If the accident is not serious, turn on the emergency flashers as you get out of the car and assess the damage. If you feel unsafe, you can call 911 and ask for an officer to assist at the crash site.

Get the correct information

Ask for the driver’s license and insurance information from the other driver involved in the accident. Take down the name, address, phone number of the other driver and any passengers in their car and yours. If possible, take a picture of the other Drivers license, insurance card, and their vehicle license plate. This will ensure you can contact the person if there are any problems with your car or your health due to the crash. Take pictures of the damage and send them to your insurance agent— they can help you know what to do next.

After you assess damage and contact the police, take your car to a mechanic to get your car checked. This can save you money by detecting problems that you cannot see. So, remember to stay safe, call the right authorities and get the correct information at the crash site.

Also, remember that proactive driving can keep you from getting into a crash.  Find out more about our defensive driving courses at 911 Driving School.