The day you gain your driver’s licence is the day that your plans involving a trip beyond the end of your street no longer depend on the availability of anyone else (or on the schedules of the local bus or train service). You can just go.
Perhaps even more appreciated is the ability to stay as long as you like at your destination. No one really talks about this. But if you have to leave before you’d really wish to do so, because you need to catch the last train, for example, a car of your own is a revelation.
The temptation to say yes to everything becomes overwhelming. Yes, to the BBQ with friends. Yes, to the trip to the cinema in the evening. Yes, to the bar afterwards. There’s nothing stopping you.
However, complications could arise from this jam-packed lifestyle, as poor decisions can leave you in various situations in which your licence could be taken away (for example, see DUI lawyer in Cudahy, CA).
Today, we’re going to look at how you – or any of us – could lose a driving licence.
Speeding – an obvious place to start
Speed limits are in place for a reason. If you choose to breach the speed limit imposed on a certain road, and if you are caught, you can expect the authorities to throw the book at you. Speeding simply isn’t tolerated.
Of course, not all speeding offences lead to an instant ban. Your speed would have to be in excess of certain bands relevant to various speed limits, meaning you could end up with a fine instead … however, is it really worth the research and the risk of finding out the difference between a fine and a ban? Much easier to stay within the limits and stay safe (and keep your licence).
A failure to notify the driving authority when sick
Certain illnesses and medical conditions are ruled not safe to drive. If you gained your licence under a clean bill of health, but later developed issues that would have seen you prevented from being allowed to drive in the first place, you must surrender your licence or have it taken off you upon discovery of your condition.
Depending where you live in the world, the types of conditions that may prevent you from driving legally could vary. In general, you could expect the following conditions to be high on the list of illnesses or medical situations that will lead to your licence being revoked:
- TBI (traumatic brain injury)
- Brain tumours
- Blackouts / fainting
- Drug misuse
- Limb disabilities
- Paranoid schizophrenia
- Loss of sight in one eye
- Tunnel vision
Always contact your local driving authority for further details if you are unsure.