Whether you’ve just earned your shiny new driver’s license or you’ve been on the road for a long time, the last thing you want to do is lose your license due to some silly situations that could have totally been avoided. Losing your license is incredibly easy, but it’s also very disruptive to our lives. For instance, you might temporarily have your license revoked after a night out with your friends because you tried to get home after having a few drinks. It was a situation that could have been avoided, but it’s illegal none the less to drive while under the influence.
These situations often seem harmless, but the law is the law and you can’t dispute it (most of the time). So if you really want to keep a hold of your license, then it’s best to try and avoid these simple mistakes so that you never get into trouble with the law.
Driving After Drinking
We all know what it’s like to go on a night out with friends, only to end up drinking a little too much before we drive home. Whether your destination is a couple of minutes away or even an hour, you still have a chance to be pulled over by police and stopped. Always drive sober, or at least wait a few hours after your last drink to let the alcohol settle in so that it doesn’t hamper your ability to drive. If you know you’ll be drinking, then at least consider taking public transport or asking a sober friend to take you home.
Although we don’t like to think about it, you may need to contact a DUI specialist such as the Skinner Law Firm if you want to get out of trouble after an innocent night out with friends. But remember, the best way to avoid losing your license from this type of mistake is to avoid it completely, so be more responsible with your drinking and your driving.
Driving Away From a “Harmless” Accident
No one likes to be stopped after an accident, even if it’s a tiny bump that dented a car. Sadly, no matter what the consequences of a motor accident are, you need to stay at the scene so that everyone can gather information for the sake of insurance claims. If there is a scene, then you can be sure that someone will record your license plate and chase you down if you drive away from the scene.
Avoid this altogether by staying at the scene of the incident. It doesn’t matter if you’re running late for work or need to pick up the kids. If you don’t want to lose your license, you need to be aware of the law and the rules it imposes on you.
We all like a bit of speed, but there is a time and place for it and civilian roads aren’t the right place. Keep in mind that different states have different speed limits and you should always be on the lookout for changes and speed traps.
New Jersey, for example, has a speed trap almost every 30 miles which is the most in the US. There’s also another clause that states any racing on public highways with a speed limit of 65 mph can incur double the fines. Of course, you might think that “racing” doesn’t apply to you, but in New Jersey, “racing” is defined as being 10 mph over the speed limit.