Driving an automobile is often a teenager's first experience with real world responsibility. Driving is a complex world of social interaction and legal structure mixed with the laws of physics. This along with the need to make rapid and correct decisions makes success on the highway a difficult activity for anyone. However, our teenagers lack a key concept that seasoned veteran drivers have - EXPERIENCE! Introducing...

The New Graduated License Changes New Laws for Young Drivers under age 18

On February 22, 2010, the following changes to New York's Licensing Laws will affect young drivers:

  • Reduce from two to one the number of non-family passengers under age 21 riding in a motor vehicle operated by a junior license holder when not accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.
  • Elimination of the limited use junior license and require that a junior permit be held for at least 6 months before a junior or senior license may be issued.
  • Increase the number of supervised driving hours before scheduling a road test from 20 to 50 hours that includes 15 hours of driving after sunset.

Did you know that effective November 1, 2009, for all drivers it is illegal to text
or use any portable electronic device while the vehicle is in motion?

Parents Make a Big Difference When it Comes to Teen Driving

Did you know:

  • 89% of teens say their parents are most influential in encouraging safe driving.
  • 59% of parents know that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens.
  • Nearly half (49%) incorrectly believe that driving drunk is the main cause of teen crashes when in reality driver error, speeding and distracted driving are the main causes.
  • 50% of teens are less likely to be in a crash if their parents set rules and monitor their activities.
  • 71% of teens are less likely to drive intoxicated when their parents are involved in their driving.

Our Recommendations

Regardless of when the permit was issued, all junior permit holders must hold their permit for at least 6 months prior to scheduling their road test unless the client is 17 years old with an MV-285 (Drivers Education Certificate of Completion) or the client will be 18 years old by the time of the road test. We are suggesting that if you are affected by the new graduated licensing law (ages 16 and 17), that you hold off taking your 5 hour class until at least 5 1/2 months into your 6 month waiting period. Here is why:

  • The 5 hour class certificate (MV-278) is only valid or 1 year from issuance. Don't waste 6 months of eligibility.
  • We strive to keep the information in class current and up to date.
  • If parents and student both feel that they are ready to schedule a road test, we can assist them in setting one up during the 5 hour class with a Road Test Confirmation Sheet. Date, time, and location (w/directions) along with a list of required materials you need to bring with you to assure everything is done correctly and avoid any other delays.
  • Get as much driving time as possible, you can't beat experience! Professional lessons and Drivers Education will help you achieve your goals.
  • Don't hesitate to contact us for additional information. We have been here since 1952.


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