When you get behind the wheel you are taking
responsibility for your actions on the road. Seeing as the average car weighs
over one ton and has the ability to operate at a very high speed, it is
understandable that there are very specific laws for how one must drive. It
comes with the territory and it helps keep everyone involved, from the drivers
on the road to the pedestrians walking on the sidewalk.
Each Sobriety Checkpoint
Many people drink to celebrate, loosen up, and
have a good time. As long as you meet the legal age requirement and consume in
a safe environment, there is very little harm. However, problems come up when
you try to mix this with driving a vehicle. Consuming alcohol can drastically
alter your ability to make good decisions and act quickly, both of which are
absolutely crucial when you are driving. Whenever you drive up to a sobriety
checkpoint on the road, you need to be prepared to stop and allow the police to
check your sobriety level.
Having a beer or two with dinner is fine but
you need to watch your consumption. If a police officer determines that your
blood-alcohol content level is too high for you to safely drive your car, you
will be given a DUI and the police can legally impound your vehicle for at
least a month. To avoid issues with the law, play it safe and know your limits.
the Right of Way
When you are driving, you will inevitably
interact with someone who is not in a vehicle. The law states that pedestrians
have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections but you need to always be
mindful of them. If a pedestrian is jaywalking or crossing your path in a
parking lot, you should still be prepared to let them cross before you proceed.
Hitting a pedestrian is still illegal and can land you in hot water with legal
troubles and medical fees.
Screen usage is ubiquitous. From texting
friends to watching videos, people use cellphones all the time. The issue with
cellphones, however, is that they can be very distracting. Seeing as you need
to stare at the screen to focus on what is on it, doing so can take your
attention away from what is going on on the road. In California it is illegal
to use your phone when you are driving, even if you are stopped at an
Knowing the laws in your country is important
so you have an idea of what sort of behavior is acceptable and what sort of
behavior is not. Driving is no different. When you get the behind the wheel to
operate a vehicle, no matter if that is to drive to a cafe or to deliver
packages across town for work, you need to be aware of how you should drive.
Some laws may seem a bit obvious and more
common sense, such as not hitting pedestrians and waiting for the light at an
intersection to turn green before you proceed. Other laws, on the other hand,
may seem a bit bizarre. These laws might seem very specific or less obvious to
the average driver but they are nevertheless laws that must be obeyed.
Limit for Driverless Cars
In California it is illegal for cars that do
not have a driver to go beyond 60 miles per hour. On the surface this might
seem like a crazy idea but it is not as absurd as you may believe. As
technology continues to advance, more and more companies are looking into the
next steps for the modern vehicle. By pushing the boundaries of what can be
done with technology, car manufacturers have developed algorithms and sensors
to make self-driving cars a reality in the near future.
Although the concept has not yet been
perfected, this law has been put in place to put a limit on how these
driverless cars can be operated. The faster a car gets, driver or not, the
tougher it can be to control and the bigger threat it can pose out on the road.
From Your Car
In California, one of the more bizarre laws
out there is that you are legally not allowed to hunt from a moving vehicle.
This means that you cannot shoot at an animal if your car is in motion, unless
you are hunting a whale. Hunting from a moving car sounds dangerous enough, so
this first part of the law sounds reasonable. There are plenty of roads that
run along the coast, where you might find a whale, but the actual act of
hunting whales has been illegal in the state for over 40 years.
From a practical standpoint, it might make more sense
to try to hunt a whale from a boat out in the open water but the fact still
stands that this is an activity that can get you in legal trouble.
One of the
changes that you likely already know if you use HOV lanes frequently is that
the old green or white Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) stickers no longer work for HOV
lanes. If you got this sticker in the year of 2017, however, then you may be
eligible to get yours replaced with a new red sticker that will last until
January 1, 2022.
most surprising new law on this list for 2019 is the fact that kids under the
age of 18 years old can now officially be issued a “fix it” ticket if they
neglect to wear a helmet when they are out and about on their bikes.
also applies for kids under 18 who are on other things like skateboards and
skates. This ticket is put on record and can be taken off of their record only
if they complete a bicycle safety course and prove that they got a safety
approved helmet within 120 days of receiving the ticket.
On the other
hand, there is another law that came into effect this year that is completely
the opposite. According to this law, people who ride motorized scooters no
longer have to wear a helmet as long as they are 18 years or older. They are
still only allowed to ride on certain roads, however, and they are encouraged
to try to stay safe should they choose to take advantage of this.
and most important thing to do to improve your driving skills and prepare for
your driving test is to practice! If you are not comfortable behind the wheel then
you will be much more likely to make a mistake.
want to practice smoothing out your movements. While this can be hard to do
when you are first learning, it should be something you get down before you go
for your test. This means that you don’t want to slam on the brakes every time
you stop or push the accelerator almost to the floor when you go.
driving also means that you should keep any movement on the part of the
steering wheel as smooth as possible. Even when you turn, it should not feel
too jerky and changing lanes should barely be noticeable.
that you should practice is following at the proper distance and never getting
closer than three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Stay in the
correct turning lane and know where you are supposed to stop at behind a stop
Most of the
time when you are first learning most of your attention is focused on driving
the right speed, staying in your own lane, and other vital things that are
right in front of you. However, as you grow more comfortable with these you
should make yourself look into your mirrors more often to see what is around
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