According to Statista, well over 12 million New Yorkers have a valid drivers license but how many of us know all the rules of the road?

If asked I wouldn't know for certain if eating while driving, for example, is legal or illegal in New York State. Turns out it's legal but you could still get a ticket if it caused a distraction to your ability to drive. Here are 2 other scenarios. You tell me, legal or illegal?

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Recently I have seen more and more drivers with their pet on their lap while driving. My hunch is that this would be illegal in New York. Am I correct?

Would you let your pet sit in your lap while driving? Is it legal or illegal in New York? What's your guess?

Photo by Ramiro Pianarosa on Unsplash
Photo by Ramiro Pianarosa on Unsplash

DRIVING WITH A PET IN YOUR LAP - Is it legal or illegal to have a pet on your lap while driving in New York State? Is it cute? Yes! Is it safe for the pet? Probably not but according to Attorney Paul Giannetti, having a pet on your lap while you drive is LEGAL in New York State.

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Photo by Benjamin Combs on Unsplash

HANGING ITEMS FROM YOUR REARVIEW MIRROR - Dream catchers, air fresheners, masks! Is it legal or illegal to hang items from your rearview mirror in New York State? According to, it is ILLEGAL to hang anything from your rearview mirror while driving. This includes a handicapped parking tag.

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To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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Data for this list was acquired from trusted online sources and news outlets. Read on to discover what major law was passed the year you were born and learn its name, the vote count (where relevant), and its impact and significance.

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The iconic (and at times silly) toys, technologies, and electronics have been usurped since their grand entrance, either by advances in technology or breakthroughs in common sense. See how many things on this list trigger childhood memories—and which ones were here and gone so fast you missed them entirely.

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