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 upon your parents anymore. However, in addition to greater freedom, driving can also create many unanticipated costs and complications. For one, you have to apply for a license and pass 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, you might commit an offence and face significant legal consequences – from being fined to having your car impounded, to possibly even facing arrest.

Because of this, before you even 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, and accident and insurance policies.

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