Module 1: Introduction 04 (reduce driving risk)

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When you are issued a driver’s license, you are also issued a large number of responsibilities.

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You must continue to demonstrate your ability to drive safely on the road. If you do not demonstrate this ability, you will be issued traffic tickets, or even your license suspended or revoked. A great deal of responsibility comes with a driver’s license. You must drive safely, obey traffic laws, and respect the rights of other drivers. Not only must you focus on your own driving, you must also be very aware of the other vehicles around you. Driving safely also includes how and where you park your car. The passengers in your car put their safety in your hands and expect you to drive safely, too.

A motor vehicle is capable of causing extensive property damage, injury, and death. You should handle any vehicle you drive with extreme caution and attention to detail. Being in control of your vehicle requires that you be familiar with how it works, including its limitations. You need to maintain your car with oil changes and tune-ups on a regular basis.

You also have a financial responsibility when it comes to driving. Every driver needs to have auto insurance that covers any potential damage or injuries he causes. If a minor is granted a license, that minor’s parents or guardians are responsible for any financial consequences.
Lastly, safe driving requires a good attitude. You must not be stressed, tired or distracted; driving should be your only focus. You need to be both mentally and physically capable of controlling your vehicle.

There are many consequences for neglecting any or all of these responsibilities, so make sure you know what they are and stick to them.

Before proceeding, consider these 2006 US driving statistics:
– 42,642 people died in motor vehicle collisions, 2.0% less than in 2005 (43,510).
– An average of 117 people died each day in motor vehicle collisions, one every 12 minutes.
– 3,490 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were killed and another 272,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions.
– There were 4,784 pedestrian deaths.
– 41% of all deaths were alcohol related.

2006 NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) fatality analysis.

Driving is a privilege, not a right and failure to comply with what the law requires will bring you certain consequences

Driving is not a constitutional right. You get your driver’s license based on the skills you have and the rules that you agree to follow. After obtaining your driving license you must continue to demonstrate your ability to drive safely on the road. If you do not demonstrate this ability, you will be issued traffic tickets, or even your license suspended or revoked. Nobody has more right to the road than anyone else. If you are going to drive, you owe it to other road users and yourself to operate the vehicle in a safe manner below in previous chapters you will get more information on all of the above now if we get started.