Practice Sessions

Learning to drive can be like playing sports, video games or a musical instrument— you have to practice to get better.

New York law requires you to complete 50 hours of supervised practice driving, including 15 hours of night driving. It is also recommended that at least 10 hours of supervised practice driving be in moderate to heavy traffic. AAA suggests you complete at least 100 hours.

  • Start with the basics — sit in the car, learn where everything is and what everything does. Take a look at the owner’s manual, too.
  • Talk to your parents about what to expect, so you can avoid misunderstandings or arguments on the road when you are learning to drive.
  • Start practicing with simple driving in an open parking lot or a quiet neighborhood street. As you get better at controlling the vehicle, try more challenging roadways.
  • Practice in a variety of conditions.
    • Highways
    • City streets
    • Rainy weather
    • Nighttime
    • Heavy traffic