Video Tutorial – How to Get Your Florida Learner’s License

Are you counting down the days until you can get your learner’s license in Florida? If so, you’ll need to take a Drug and Alcohol course and permit exam to quality for your Florida driving permit. GDL Institute offers an online course that not only meets state requirements, but is also fun, informative, and best of all… no annoying timers!

Want to learn more about the course and its features? Check out our YouTube channel, and let us know what you think. We give students the opportunity to preview the course introduction video, and learn more about the course. Our short videos will give you all the details you need to get started on the road to driving independence.

We often hear from our students that they not only learned a lot from their Drug and Alcohol driver training, they enjoy the additional driving tips, news and videos we share socially. Connect with us on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter and share your review of the course!


‘Tis the Season – 3 Great Holiday Gifts for New Drivers

Gifts for new driversThe holiday season has arrived, and it is a great time to start thinking about creative holiday gift ideas for the new driver in your life. Have a teen driver at home? GDL Institute is happy to share some suggestions for fun and useful gifts that the recipient will enjoy, and that the giver would be happy to give!

Car-themed stocking stuffers. Fill up a stocking with some useful tools. Ideas include sunglasses, key chains, tire gauges, air fresheners, stick-on blind spot mirrors, ice scrappers, or gas station gift certificates.

Gift Certificate for a package of car washes or detailing service. Rain, snow, sleet, mud and dust all leave a vehicle looking less than shiny and new. Any driver would enjoy a gift certificate for a car wash or detailing service. A coupon booklet for free car washes makes a nice gift for the holiday season. Check with your favorite local car wash provider, many offer coupon booklets or package discounts for multiple washes this time of year.

Emergency car kit. One of the most important things to remember about safe driving is that you should always be prepared for emergencies. It can happen to anyone; you could end up with a flat tire, run out of gas, breakdown due to engine trouble, or become stuck due to adverse weather conditions. Put together a box of items that a new driver can keep stored in their vehicle in case of emergency. For ideas on what to include, check out our blog post, “Rules for the Road: Be Prepared With a Roadside Emergency Kit for Your Car.

We’d like to wish you a happy holiday season from everyone here at GDL Institute! Remember, our Drug and Alcohol course and permit test are available online 24/7. An online course is the perfect option if you wish to complete the course over the busy holiday season, or it even makes a great gift for a teen who is ready to begin driver training. Florida Drug and Alcohol course online!

Spring Break in Florida – Safety Reminders for Teen Drivers

dreamstime_s_2639818It is spring break season for students across the state of Florida! Now is a great time to make the most of your break from school and finish up your online Drug & Alcohol course to get your learner’s permit. But, if you’re planning to get out in the warm sunshine and enjoy this time off with your friends instead, make sure you are making safe choices. With spring break parties and gatherings happening across the state, there will be extra opportunities to engage in risky behaviors like drinking and drug use. Don’t become a statistic!

GDL institute is a provider of Florida’s driver training course for teenage drivers, but we don’t only write about driving-related topics. The Drug and Alcohol course is required for all new drivers in Florida before they can obtain a learner’s permit. In addition to the aim of teaching safe driving skills, the course also teaches the effects of drug and alcohol use and abuse, coping mechanisms, and ways to say no. Whether you are behind the wheel of a car or ‘safe’ in your own home, using drugs and alcohol is a risky decision. In fact, by age 15, about 35% of teens have had at least 1 drink. Furthermore, each year almost 5,000 teens die as a result of underage drinking; including about 1,600 deaths from car crashes (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

If you are already a licensed or permitted driver, your responsibilities are even greater. Getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking can be deadly. Even “good” drivers sometimes make decisions that put them in potentially dangerous situations. Each year almost 5,000 teens die as a result of underage drinking; including about 1,600 deaths from car crashes (NIAAA). The decision to say no to teen drinking and drugs is critical.

To learn more about how drugs and alcohol can affect your body, your mind, and your driving ability, register for the online Drug and Alcohol course today. What you learn can help you to say no when the pressure is on. From everyone here at GDL Institute, we’re wishing you a wonderful spring break! Our staff is available via phone, e-mail and Live Chat six days a week to assist you wish any questions you have about the course.


  1. Underage Drinking Fact Sheet – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

GDL Institute Help Desk Holiday Hours

From everyone at GDL Institute, we’re wishing happy holidays to all of our customers and friends! Please see the schedule below for our phone support hours over the next two weeks. E-mail support will be provided over the entire holiday period as well. Remember, the online Drug and Alcohol course and learner’s permit exam are still available 24/7 at the GDL Institute website!