THE COMMON SENSE OF DRIVING
Keeping a point off your DMV record is not the only thing that occurs when you successfullycomplete this Traffic Violator Course. You will increase your knowledgeof California's driving laws as well. Why is that important? When yoursafety is at risk, raising your driving consciousness is alwaysbeneficial. The unfortunate truth is many drivers get tickets simplybecause they are not paying attention or have forgotten some rule of the vehicle code. In other words, what you are about to read can saveyou money by helping you to avoid breaking the law, receiving a trafficcitation, and having to pay the penalty. But more important, what youare about to read can easily save your life… or someone else's.
A. THE SERIOUS RESPONSIBILITY OF OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE
When you get behind the driver seat, you’re not just driving a car. You are driving a 2,000pound plus piece of machinery. The lives of your passengers and all other drivers andpedestrians around you on the road are at risk. Driving is the most dangerous thing you do ona daily basis. One little mistake at any speed, whether at 65 mph or 35 mph, can be deadly.As a driver, your responsibility is not only to respect the law but also to appreciate the riskswhen you operate your vehicle, risks both to yourself and to the other drivers with whom youshare the road. Yes, the key word here is SHARE.1. MOTOR VEHICLE IS A WEAPONYou don‘t believe that? Any object that weighs as much as a car does and is fueled by 20gallons of a flammable liquid while moving down the street at 50 feet per second has thepower to do some serious damage. Remember all weapons, including cars, can kill people. Theproblem is that we have become so used to driving our vehicles, that we tend to take them forgranted. If you get up every morning at the same time, get dressed the same way, go aboutyour morning routine, and then head for your car, you may be tempted to drive in a routine orcomplacent manner. The problem inherent in adopting a set routine is that we can becomecomplacent and take things for granted. For example, just because there wasn’t a child behindyour vehicle yesterday as you backed out of your driveway, that doesn’t mean there isn’t achild hiding behind your car today. But how often do we walk around to the back of the vehicleand check for hiding children, their toys, obstructions, etc.?2. THE DANGER OF THE CAR IF NOT OPERATED PROPERLYAutomobile collisions are responsible for more deaths than the total lives lost in every war theUnited States has ever fought. It is an enormous number, and a tragic one. We all need towake up to the fact that the automobile is truly the deadliest weapon in America. You need totreat your automobile with respect and caution as you would any dangerous weapon. Moreand more people illegally carry a gun in their car "for emergencies."
3. PARKING RESPONSIBILITIES