I am a teen driver (still sixteen) with a Pennsylvania learners permits, and my parents and I are unsure of something. I am required so many nighttime driving hours, however, if I understand correctly, I am not permitted to drive between eleven in the afternoon through five in the morning. Is that correct? When would ‘night driving’ be considered then? Since I only have a learners permit, I always have my parent in the passenger seat anyways. What would proper procedure be if I was driving, with my parents of course, and ten passed. Let’s assume we were on some long road (traveling to a destination, instead of driving just for experience) and there’s not somewhere to pull over, or at least for some period time. For example, if we were on a long desolate country road.

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Pennsylvania classifies nighttime driving as between sunset and sunrise. Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., a "young driver" is not allowed to drive unless it's for employment, charity, or volunteer work and you should have documentation about what you're doing.

Honestly, if your parent is in the car, I think it's likely that a police office would give you a warning, but even a desolate country road will have a driveway, a crossroad, or some other location where you can pull over and change drivers.

I found a AAA site that said the 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. restriction was that you must have an over-18 family member with you rather than anyone over 18. It's possible that relaxed restriction is on a junior or senior license rather than a learner's permit.

  • Okay. Thank you. That's what I had thought, but neither my parents nor I were sure and better safe then sorry. Of course, the ladder was added more as an afterthought as a theatrical more than a practical question. Thanks for the response. May 13, 2019 at 2:15

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