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Well, for starters, the AARP Smart Driver course is the nation’s first refresher course specifically designed for drivers over 50. This New York state-approved driver safety course is designed to help you refresh and improve your driving skills so you can become safer and more confident behind the wheel. Best of all, by completing this convenient defensive driving online course, you could save on your auto insurance and reduce the number of points on your New York driving record.
Driving safely is important in any state, but this is especially true in New York. From the stop-and-go craziness of the city to the toll roads and open spaces upstate, the conditions can vary greatly—especially when you factor in the harsh winters. That’s where we can help.
The New York State Driver Point Reduction Program allows drivers to reduce points on their driving record and improve their driving habits. A defensive driving course is designed to boost driving skills while reducing the number of crashes on the road.
Drivers must complete a state-approved defensive driving course. Once they’ve submitted their certificate of completion to the New York State DMV, the points on their driver's record may be reduced by up to four points. This is a one-time benefit and cannot be used to reduce points for future violations.
Become a more confident driver with techniques that help keep you safe on the road.
This easy-to-follow, self-paced defensive driving course covers:
Defensive driving is more than wearing a seatbelt—it’s a set of techniques aimed at reducing the risk of crashes on the road. It involves being aware of potential hazards and taking proactive measures to avoid them. Tactics include:
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a point system to track and penalize drivers who commit traffic violations. The system is designed to encourage safe driving behavior and to identify drivers who may be at higher risk of causing accidents. Here's how it works:
The AARP Smart Driver online course is six (6) hours in total for New York drivers. It can be taken at your own pace—whenever works best for you. You will have 30 days to complete the course once you register.
Don’t forget—upon completion, you could get a 10% discount on auto insurance*. New York drivers like you saved an average of $170 per year—that’s about $510 over 3 years†.
Plus, you could reduce up to 4 points on your license*.