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New York Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

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Educating Teens About Safe Driving.

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Learning about safe driving habits and taking the time to get driving experience can help lower your teen's risk behind the wheel. Because car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States1, it's important that you and your teen learn about the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws in your state. Research has shown that GDL laws can reduce crash rates among 16-year-old drivers by almost 43%2.

Graduated Driver Licensing laws are designed to help your young driver gradually gain experience and skills in lower risk conditions before earning full driving privileges. With teen driving information from Allstate, you can help your young driver follow these safety standards.

New York Graduated Driver Licensing Provisions

Minimum age
16 years old
Learner stage duration
6 months
Required supervised driving hours
50 hours, 15 of which must be at night
Nighttime driving restriction
9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Passenger restriction
(family members are exempt unless otherwise noted)
No more than 1 passenger under 21 years old
Minimum age for full-privilege driving
17 years old with driver's ed.
18 years old without driver's ed.

For more teen driving and GDL information, see the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's listing of GDL laws.

Learn more about New York licensing requirements and teen driving in New York.

New Cars For New Drivers.

If you're looking to purchase a new vehicle for your teen driver, focus your search on cars with high safety ratings to help lower your teen's risk on the road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers more information about vehicle safety ratings and features to help you understand the options available to you.

Whether you're buying your teen a new car or giving him or her your old one, talking to your Allstate® agent can help you understand any changes you might make to your insurance policy. An agent can help answer your questions about coverage levels and deductible amounts. No matter how you choose to insure your new driver, your Allstate agent will be there to provide you with helpful information.

Find an agentfor more information about teen driving safety, available discounts and insuring your young driver.

Track Your Teen's Driving Habits.

Safe driving can help you and your teen save. Drivewise® will monitor your teen's safe driving decisions, which can help lower your car insurance premium. You can also use this data to assess how your teen is doing behind the wheel. Find an agent for more information about teen driving safety, available discounts and insuring your young driver. Access additional New York young driver resources.

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1 "Leading Causes of Death." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 Sept. 2013. Web. 18 June 2013.

2 "Graduated Driver Licensing." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Apr. 2010. Web. 18 June 2013.
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