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Responsibilities of Driving a Car

Since driving a car is not a right but a privilege, one must have a driver’s license in order to operate a motor vehicle. Besides having a valid driver's license, the driver is responsible for registering and insuring the vehicle as well as for keeping up proper maintenance of it.

One can obtain a license by completing a state-authorized driver's ed course and by passing the written test. It should be pointed out here that there is also an age requirement and the minimum driving age varies from state to state, most of them issuing some form of a graduated licensing provision under the age of 18. Although being more or less functionally the same as driver licenses, provisional licenses imply certain restrictions like the restriction on the number of passengers under 20 years of age at any time, for the first twelve months. Please note that licenses and registrations have to be renewed, the validity of full licenses ranging from 2 years in Iowa to 12 years in Arizona.

Once you become a licensed driver, you have to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and perform routine maintenance, which takes more than changing the engine oil on a regular basis and keeping gas in the tank. Checks on your car should include checking the level of air in the tires, not to mention that they need to be rotated and balanced at least every 10,000 km. Special attention should be paid to the transmission and brake fluids as their level should be checked periodically, usually once a month whereas the fluids themselves should be replaced every 30,000 miles. The average battery life may be about 5 years but it is a good idea to have it tested, especially if it is worn out - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Moreover, if you want to avoid radiator repair and preserve the health of your engine, ensure the adequate level of antifreeze both in winter and in summer. Apart from maintaining the necessary level of oil in the engine, it is recommended to change oil every 3,000 - 5,000 miles. The air filter, fan belts, and hoses may need to be replaced from time to time. Finally, a car tune-up will help the overall performance of the car and a general rule says that it should be performed every two years or 30,000 miles.

Following these simple tips will help to provide many hours of safe and trouble free driving.

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