Florida Driver’s Test Gets Much More Difficult. What Does This Mean for Florida Teens?

Florida driver testLocal teens have been following the same steps to obtain a driving permit for years. Complete a Drug & Alcohol course online, take a learner’s permit exam online or at the DMV, bring your required documents to a Florida DHSMV office, and get started behind the wheel. What teens might not know is that changes were recently made to the learner’s permit exam for the first time in 20 years. These changes have resulted in skyrocketing failure rates ranging from 60-80% across different Florida counties. Wow!

After officials noted an increasing rate of traffic accidents among new drivers, they made the decision to revamp the learner’s permit exam with the intention of making sure that these new drivers are ready for the road. The test was re-written and went from a format of two sets of 20 questions, to a new 50 question single test. According to NBC 2 news, officials said the old test relied a little too heavily on memorization. The new test adds more situation-based questions, and it is causing many more people to fail (NCB2 News). Officials are now reviewing the test for ways to make changes, remove any ambiguous questions, and increase the pass rate while still carefully testing new drivers’ knowledge.

So, what can students do to make sure they well prepared for their test? Choosing the best possible Drug & Alcohol course from GDL Institute puts new drivers in the best position for a passing grade. Not all courses are created equal. If you choose to take your Drug and Alcohol class online, make sure you are choosing a high-quality course for the best instruction, examples, and learning opportunities. The new driver exam forces students to demonstrate they understand the rules of the road; not regurgitate memorized stats and facts. We can better prepare you for the new format!

We are approved to offer both the online Drug & Alcohol course, and also the online permit exam. And, by choosing our Value Package course bundle, you’ll also receive a free practice test to put you in an even better position to pass your exam. The course is designed to be fun, informative, and put you in the best possible position to pass your exam on the first try. Choose GDL Institute for your driver education, and get started on the road to driving independence.



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School will be letting out for the summer very soon. Students will have lots of extra free time, and that presents the perfect opportunity to check some items off of to-do lists… including driver’s ed training!

Are you counting down the days until you can get your learner’s permit? 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 humorous videos we share socially. Connect with us on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter and share your review of the course!

Eight Decades of Safe Driving – Drivers’ Education Turns 80 This Week

antique_carDrivers’ education is celebrating its 80th birthday this week! The first in-car driver training course was taught at State College Area High School in Pennsylvania in 1934. Many things have changed since the early days of teaching teens how to drive, but the premise remains the same – stay safe, responsible, and alert, obey the laws, and keep your vehicle in tip-top shape.

By 1934, vehicles were becoming more mainstream and accidents were becoming more common; it was clear that proper education was necessary. For comparison sake, the first traffic fatality in the United States was recorded in New York City in September 1899, and the millionth traffic death was recorded in December 1951 (Peatman). In an effort to teach future drivers how to develop the skills necessary to drive safe, Professor Amos Neyhart organized the first high school driver training course using his own car, a 1929 Graham-Paige.

Many of the basic guidelines established by Professor Neyhart are still used in driver training programs today. But, with improvements in technology and increased regulations, drivers’ education has become much more robust. In Florida, there are three stages to the graduated driver licensing (GDL) law: the learner’s license, the intermediate license, and the full privilege license. A teenage first-time driver begins the process by completing a 4-hour Drug and Alcohol course and Learner’s Permit exam, available online from GDL Institute. Next, the student can obtain their Learner’s License from the Florida DHSMV office. An intermediate license may be awarded after one-year with a learner’s license, and a full privilege license is available once the driver turns 18. For more information on Florida’s graduated driver licensing program, visit the Florida DHSMV website.

Drivers’ education has come a long way since 1934. What is the most important lesson you learned from your driving training course?


Following the National Trend – Florida Teens Are Waiting to Get Their Driver’s Licenses

teen driverYears ago, most teenagers were counting down the days until their 16th birthdays, when they could celebrate with their very first driver’s license. However, a new trend is emerging in Florida and across the U.S. A growing number of teens are waiting, sometimes years after becoming eligible, to get their driver’s licenses. Statewide over the last 20 years, the total number of teenage drivers in Florida has fallen by nearly 15%.

As David Damron of the Orlando Sentinel reports in his article “Many Florida teens put the brakes on getting drivers licenses,” the number of licensed drivers in Central Florida ages 15 to 17 fell from 44,182 in 1995 to 38,749 in 2013. This happened at the same time that the overall population actually grew.

A study last year by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 44% of teens got a driver’s license within a year of turning the legal age, down from about two-thirds of teens who got one within a year, just two decades ago. A similar study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows that in1983, 80% of 18-year-olds had a driver’s license. That had dropped to 65 % by 2005 and to 61% in 2010.

The question is: what is driving the trend? Experts suggest that a variety of factors could be influencing these numbers; everything from the economic downturn and increased regulations and driver’s education requirements, to shifting priorities among the younger crowd and new ways of connecting with friends online and socially, instead of driving to hangouts.

Teens – Are you planning to get your driver’s license as soon as possible? Parents – Are you encouraging your teens to obtain their licenses right away, or advising them to wait?