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Teen Drivers, Parents Unaware of Updated Laws

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A recent survey revealed that fewer than 20% of young drivers in PA and their parents know the current state teen driving laws.

Changes to the laws were made in December 2011, so here's a refresher before you and your teen get on the road.

For the first six months that they have their license, teens can only have one passenger, under the age of 18. That does not include family members, though.

The curfew hasn't changed, that still asks that junior license holders be off the road from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

The biggest change, is that an additional 10 hours of night driving and five hours of driving in inclement weather must be logged.

That's in addition to the regular 50 hours a new driver must complete before they can take their license test.

"They did a lot of studies with parents and the teen drivers and found that the teen drivers are not getting the experience that they need, they may not actually be doing all the hours either," said Erie Allstate agent Mary Carlotti. "When it comes to driving at night and driving in inclement weather, I think we just want to get those drivers more comfortable with those conditions."

The survey also found that only about half of teens say they've talked to their parents about the laws. Carlotti said communication is key to keeping your new drivers safe.

You can find a full list of the up- to- date laws here.

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