Learning to drive and getting a car is a rite of passage for many young people. Being able to drive gives you the freedom to come and go as you please, without having to rely on your parents anymore. However, in addition to greater freedom, driving can also create many unanticipated costs, complications and responsibilities. The first step to driving is getting a licence, which includes applying for a license and passing the license test. The risk of having an accident on the road to both yourself and others also means you need to consider purchasing an insurance policy. While driving, if you commit an offence, you may face significant legal consequences – from being fined to having your car impounded, to possibly even facing arrest and being convicted.
Because of this, before you get on the road, it is important to know your rights and your responsibilities, so that you can avoid trouble in the future. This section will look at a number of legal issues associated with driving, such as licensing, driving offences and penalties, what happens in accidents and more.