New York driver’s ed classes teach new drivers how to operate a
vehicle safely and in accordance with New York traffic laws. In New
York, driver’s under 18 must complete a driver’s ed course to be able
to take the road test and trade their learner’s permit in for a real
license. There are actually two types of New York driver’s ed classes:
a pre-licensing class and a driver’s ed class. The pre-licensing class
is a 5 hour class that covers important driving rules, traffic laws and
defensive driving techniques. Once students complete the pre-licensing
course, they receive a certificate of completion that they must take to
their road test. Driver’s ed classes are taught in high schools and
colleges. They have both a classroom section and a behind-the-wheel
section to give students a chance to practice their driving skills.
Teens who take driver’s ed classes are able to get an unrestricted
“senior” license a full year earlier than teens who take only the 5
hour pre-licensing course.
Any teen driver who wishes to get a real driver’s license must take
either a pre-licensing course or a driver’s ed course in order to be
able to take their road test. Teenagers do not have to take driver’s ed
to get a learner’s permit. They just have to pass the written test.
Adults applying for a new license or transferring a license in from
out-of-state do not have to take a New York driver’s ed course. Read more...
Drivers Ed Benefits
Taking a driver’s ed class or a pre-licensing class benefits teens
because it introduces them to important, even lifesaving, defensive
driving skills. Driver’s ed classes can also give teens a sense of the
consequences of their actions, showing them the tragic effects of
drinking and driving, speeding, and other dangerous behaviors. Read more...
Drivers Ed Curriculum
The New York pre-licensing course covers important topics that teens
need to know before they start driving unaccompanied. For example,
pre-licensing courses cover the DMV point system, so that teens will
understand the consequences of ignoring traffic laws. Also,
pre-licensing courses offer tips and tricks for driving defensively, to
minimize the risk of an accident. Read more...
Driving School Locations
Find a driving school in your area. Read more...
Online Drivers Ed
New York State currently does not accept online driving schools to
fulfill the 5 hour pre-licensing course requirement. However, there are
online courses available to help your teen study for their written test
and to help you make the most of your supervised driving time. Read more...
Teens are required to take a New York driver’s ed class because as a
group, they are known to be poor drivers. One reason teens have a poor
driving record overall is that they have not had enough time to develop
their driving skills. Practice makes perfect-and newly licensed teens
are far from practiced! Teenagers are more likely to take risks than
older, experienced drivers. Read more...