Stricter Rules For Ohio Teen Drivers

June 30, 2015

Blog, Car Insurance

You knew this day would come, but who knew it’d be so soon!? Wasn’t it yesterday you were putting them in their car seat, pushing them in a stroller, and teaching them to ride a bike? Now they’re ready to drive! When the heck did that happen!?

Let’s be honest…parenting a teenager these days is serious business, (what with the Internet, social media, smart phones, texting, and all that loud music!) and getting them ready for the road can be terrifying.  Beginning July 1, 2015, drivers issued a probationary license will face restrictions on when they can drive and how many passengers are allowed in the car while driving based on experience instead of age. This change is a result of Ohio’s Drive Toward a Safer Ohio Initiative and is an effort to increase the level of experience for Ohio’s young drivers.

Probationary drivers under the age of 18 will have the following restrictions during the first 12 months with a license:

  • No driving between midnight and 6 a.m., unless that driver is accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Those with valid documentation from work, school or church allowing for travel for activities between these hours are exempt;
  • No driving with more than one non-family member in the car;
  • All passengers must wear safety belts at all times; and
  • No use of mobile communication while driving.

If you have a teen driver give us a call.  At McKinnon Insurance, we love teen driver and offer special discounts to help keep the costs down.  For more information on the products we have to offer click HERE.