Posted on April 14, 2017 at 4:46 AM
Local Driving School
Responsibilities of Driving
THE PRIVILEGE OF DRIVING
First, driving is a privilege, not a right. There is no law that guarantees you have the right to drive.
To gain the privilege of driving, you must earn your Driver’s License and honor the rules of the road. Many people have lost their licenses because of foolish decisions. DON’T LET THAT BE YOU.
We will learn more about the different licenses later in the course, but most people usually earn a Class “C” license first.
Having your license means others will expect you to follow the rules of the road, drive responsibly, be courteous, and be sober. They are trusting you with their lives. Motor vehicles can be highly destructive weapons. You probably know how much it hurts to be hit with a baseball traveling 30mph (miles per hour) that weighs about 1 pound. Well imagine the damage a car can do, weighing thousands of pounds, hurtling along at 60 mph!!! That is not something you should take lightly. If you don’t drive responsibly you can kill yourself and those around you.
Also, if you are a minor (under 18 years old), the government holds your parents responsible for your driving. So, for your sake, your parent’s sake, and other’s sake, take this seriously.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERYDAY LAWS
The day-to-day laws of driving are extremely important. The rules of the road have been created after years and years of research into what causes accidents. Not stopping at stop signs, speeding, ignoring yield signs, and running red lights are all significant causes of accidents and have killed thousands of people.
You should be especially careful to obey all laws that deal with intersections, such as red lights and stop signs. “Most accidents occur at intersections, resulting in millions of dollars of damage, injuries, and deaths.” Believe it or not, a stop sign actually means “to stop fully” and they are in intersections where accidents have occurred. Respect the rules of the road don’t become a statistic!
Do you know what the most important rule of driving is? (Well, other than running from the police…) Be courteous. Do you remember when your Mom taught you to share a toy with your brother, sister, or friend? Well even more important is that you SHARE the road with other drivers. Sharing the road, or letting someone else go first, is one of the best things you can do to avoid accidents. Plus, traffic laws can’t possibly cover all the possible situations you may see, but being courteous and sharing the road will help you always make the right decision. Remember the Golden Rule: Treat other drivers the way you want to be treated.
California requires that anyone under the age of 17 ½ must take Driver Education to get his or her permit and license. Driver Education normally means 30 hours of instruction and at least 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel Training.
This gives students the knowledge and skills needed to be a responsible driver and follow the law. It also makes it less likely you will get into an expensive or deadly accident. So, by taking Driver Education you’re actually helping society; and we’re not joking.
By: Mani Sondhi
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