New Laws You Should Know When Driving Your Car

 

As the new year comes around and we go back to our daily lives, it’s important to know what is expected of us.

Maybe 2017 was a year of firsts. Perhaps 2017 was a year that you are now glad is in the past.

Have you had car trouble? Maybe a DUI?

You could have bought your very first brand new car. Any way you look at the past, we must all now focus on the future.

Part of that is abiding by the laws set forth this year. 2018 could be full of surprises and great possibilities.

But, without fail, it will certainly have some new traffic and safety laws you will need to know about.

There are always the tried and true laws such as carrying the proper cheap car insurance or maintaining your current registration.

But, law makers set dates for new laws to come into full swing, and it usually starts at the beginning of each year.

Let’s find out which laws you will want to know and look over a couple old ones that we all tend to forget.

 

What You Should Already Know

 

First, the big one that everyone needs to know and respect is the fact that you must have car insurance to drive.

In any state in the United States, cheap car insurance is a must.

There are different minimum limits for every state, but for the most part you need at least liability insurance.

Here is an example of the limits you will need if you live in the state of California:

These cheap car insurance options will only protect the other party involved in a crash.

There are other options which will protect your and your own vehicle.

This is mostly true for all other states as well.

Find out what minimum amount of insurance you will need in your own state.

Many times if you have a loan out on your vehicle, the banks will make you have full coverage.

 

Full car insurance coverage usually looks like this:

 

There are also added coverages such as glass coverage and extra medical coverage. But for the most part, if you have your liability covered, you will OK driving in most states.

California is one of the more strict states when it comes to traffic and safety laws because there are a large amount of people living in the state.

Registration cards must be kept in your vehicle at all times

 

Another thing to always remember when driving, is to have your cars registration in the vehicle at all times. Your insurance cards must also be present.

If an officer pulls you over, you need to be able to show him/her your vehicles registration. You will be fined if you cannot do this.

Vehicles need to be registered to the owner of the vehicle and up to date. The sticker on your license plate that the DMV gives to you must also be current.

You could be heavily fined for not registering your car.

If you are handicapped, then a special handicapped sticker must also be present.

For more information on cheap car insurance and the registration laws of your state, visit the Department if Motor Vehicles Website.

Other important laws which are a big deal in every state:

 

  1. Drinking and driving violations. In California the alcohol limit is .08%. This law is soon to be .04%. California is the most strict of all of the states for drunk driving. The penalties for drunk driving are: loss of license as well as fines and possible jail time.
  2. Driving without a license or driving with a revoked license. This is a huge issue everywhere. You could lose your license if you are caught driving without one. You could also have your car impounded if you do not carry a valid state drivers license.
  3. Illegal U-trun. You might not think of this as a big deal, and most of us have made an error by not following this law. The truth is, with most states, this law is a huge safety regulation because of how traffic and streets are set up. Many crashes occur because this U-turn law is not followed. Like it or not, follow the street signs and you will stay safe.
  4. Leaving the scene of an accident. This is also known as a hit and run. Not only is this dangerous for the potential driver that you hit, but it automatically sets the president that you did something wrong. You will incur heavy fines and even jail time if you leave the scene of an accident. many people choose to flee if they do not have the proper insurance or license.

More laws…

 

  1. Reckless driving. Reckless driving can be defined as any sort of driving that puts others in danger. This could be swerving between lanes, or speeding and even reckless tailgating of the person in front of you.
  2. Child restraint violations/ seat belt laws. These laws are important for the protection of children as well as other passengers. Each state has their own sets of laws for age and height of a child that no longer needs a safety seat. Proper instillation of the car seat of safety seat are also mandatory.
  3. Texting or talking on the phone while driving is not only dangerous but shown to cause accidents.

 

You might think of these laws as old or idealistic, but the truth is we all break them at some point.

Maybe not all of them, but when was the last time you texted whiled driving?

Most states have similar laws when it comes to safety.

The purpose of the law and of police officers is to provide us with safety.

No matter how ridiculous some of the laws may seem to you, they are in place for a reason.

 

2018 Laws You Should Know

 

California

 

Because California has the most traffic and safety laws being passed in 2018, this state gets its own section.

Many of these laws have been in debate over the past couple of years but will now in 2018 take effect.

See how these laws could affect you:

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Other States:

 

More laws…

 

 

With the advancement of cars and the population growth in this country, it’s no wonder we have so many traffic laws and regulations.

One of the largest crimes related to driving is drunk driving. Every state varies on the severity of penalties placed.

But one thing every state has in common is that drunk driving is illegal.

The process for getting ones license back after they have been convicted of a DUI is not an easy process either.

Each state wants to ensure that the person getting behind the vehicle will want to protect their fellow man.

 

Here is the process which makes it hard to regain the steering wheel:

 

When you are convicted of a DUI, you will be restricted in a few ways.

First, you must pay heavy fines and possibly even search jail time.

When hoping to get out of the dark and start driving again, many states choose to regulate you for another three years.

In the state of California, you will need to attain SR22 insurance.

To do this you must pay your insurance company to acquire and sign off on the appropriate documents.

SR22 Insurance is a vehicle liability document required by the Department of Motor Vehicles for “high-risk” drivers.

It is a document issued by your insurance company showing proof that you are carrying the minimum amount of auto insurance required in your state.

SR22 documentation is “proof of financial responsibility” for drivers who have had their licenses
revoked or suspended for any number of reasons, including:

Not every state makes a strong case for drunk drivers returning to the road.

At least 6 states do not require this sort of documentation.

 

 

Traffic Safety School and The Importance of Safe Teen Drivers

 

We don’t often look at the real statistics of driving.

The proof lies within the statistics.

Teen drivers are much more risky than adult drivers.

Not only are they new to driving, they are naive and reckless.

This is why car insurance for a teen is much more expensive. They are more likely to cause accidents.

Drivers safety courses are one great way to make sure your teen not only knows the traffic and safety laws, but abides by them.

There are steps to take in order to pass your permit test and driving test.

Many states are making these steps harder and harder, which is great.

But statistics still show that a teen driver is more than twice as likely to get into an accident than a driver over the age of 25.

It doesn’t mean that they are necessarily drinking and driving, although that comes into play sometimes too.

For the most part, accident occur with teen drivers because they are distracted. Either from texting, talking on the phone, or driving friends around.

These are just a couple of the reasons that traffic laws are constantly changing, being added and morphing.

In more congested states, like California, traffic laws are added almost yearly it seems.

It may seem like a lot to the average person who drives.

But, when you take the time to look into the statistics, you will be glad that there are laws providing safety for the masses.

 

 

 

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