Driver's Responsibility: Following Laws

Getting your driver’s license can be a fun and exciting time, and we want you to remember that it comes with great responsibility.

 

As a licensed driver, there are many responsibilities that you may encounter which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Following all pertinent laws.
    • Check with your local government for area-specific laws.
  • Driving at a reasonable speed.
    • The speed limit, or maximum speed, may not be a reasonable speed dependent on conditions. For example, if you’re driving 60 miles per hour, the speed limit is 60 miles per hour, and it’s raining so heavily that visibility is compromised, you could possibly be cited for driving too fast for conditions because driving 60 miles per hour was not safe in those conditions.
  • Maintaining your vehicle so that it’s in safe operating condition.
    • Keeping tires properly inflated.
    • Getting your oil changed regularly.
    • Making sure your breaks are functioning.
    • Ensuring all lights are working.
  • Caring for the safety of your passengers.
  • Caring for the safety of other drivers.
  • Caring for the safety of pedestrians.
  • Maintaining a valid license.
  • Maintaining valid vehicle registration.
  • Keeping current automobile insurance.
    • Coverage necessities may vary by geographic location.
  • Getting yearly inspections.
  • Being aware of your environment.
    • Slowing down in school zones.
    • Slowing down in construction zones.
  • Being alert.
  • Paying attention.
  • Maintaining the ability to stop quickly.
  • Owning a financial responsibility to any damages or injuries that you cause.

 

For more information on this topic, please review the other Learning Resources under the category titled Transportation.

Another resource that you may want to examine is NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).  Click here for access.

 

 

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