1.1 – Driver’s License: A Privilege



What does your license means to you?

  • Your license means that:
  • You have passed a written and driving test on the rules and regulations of the road.
  • You have been given the responsibility of driving a motor vehicle and that you understand how to operate a motor vehicle.
  • You must take your responsibilities seriously. You are responsible for all of your acts when you are behind the wheel of an automobile. Being a negligent driver may cause you the loss, suspension, or revocation of your driver’s license.

What does your license mean to others?

  • Your license tells other drivers that:
  • You have the information and the skills to handle and operate a motor vehicle.
  • You know and understand the rules and regulations of the roadways.
  • You value the fact that the State of California gave you the privilege to drive.

Note: Be aware that the other users of the roadways are subjected to your driving habits and behavior.

  • If you are, or act, as a negligent or irresponsible driver, death or injury may come to others.
  • If you are a teenager and act negligently and irresponsibly, your parents will be responsible for your actions. The parents of a teen are financially liable for their teen drivers’ actions.


Click to download Parent-Teen Agreement and go over agreement with your parents:

Operating A Motor Vehicle Is A Serious Responsibility
It is important to focus and think clearly when you are driving because lives are at stake. Be in the right mind and be aware of what you are doing at all times. Make good judgments when you drive.

The Motor Vehicle Is A Weapon
The car that you drive could cause serious damage to you and those that are around your vehicle. Remember that even at low speeds of 1-35 MPH, you can seriously hurt or even kill a person or an animal

Automobile Areas Dangerous As A loaded Gun
Distracted drivers can cause serious injuries and death on the roadways. If your eyes and attention are on the road and your surroundings, you are in a position to react in time to avoid an accident.

Factors that can cause danger to the driver and others:

  • Drunk driving
  • Cell phones and texting
  • Driving tired
  • Speed
  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Bad weather and road conditions

Parking Responsibility

  • Always set your emergency brake when parking your vehicle. This will give added security that your car will not roll away.
  • If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, make sure that you set the gear in the park position.
  • Standard transmission (stick shift) cars are parked in either first gear or reverse, depending if you are on a flat surface, uphill, or downhill position.
  • All types of vehicles should follow the same rules when parking on a hill.

Uphill, Against the Curb

  • Turn the vehicle’s front wheels to the left so that the back of the front-right tire rests against the curb.
  • Be sure to set use your emergency brake before you exit your car.


    • Turn the vehicle’s wheels to the right so that the front of the tire is up against the curb.



Always keep your vehicle in top working condition. Get in a habit o having your vehicle in for a regular maintenance check. Be safe and be aware.car

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