Although we all like to think we are safe drivers, “safe” can actually be a relative term. In some cases, it actually depends on where you live (or where you drive). Laws are always changing, and the state regulations or general tips that apply to Arizona residents might not apply to drivers across the nation. Since 56% of teens rely on their parents to learn to drive, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with these important standards either on your own or through a driving school course. If you are pulled over, your ignorance of the law won’t be a valid excuse! Here are three rules (both legally enforced and otherwise) that can help you stay safe on Arizona roads.
- There is no such thing as a legal BAC level.
If you’ve ever taken drivers education classes, you’ve probably learned a bit about driving under the influence and why you should never do it. But young drivers might be surprised to learn that even if they have only a tiny bit of alcohol and get behind the wheel, they could still be legally cited for a DUI. Arizona law says any amount of alcohol in a driver’s system could leave them vulnerable to being charged with a DUI. If your blood-alcohol level is .08% or above, you’ll definitely be fined or arrested. However, you could be cited for literally any level of intoxication if a police officer thinks you’re impaired. For this reason and many others, drinking and driving is a no-go.
- You need to be familiar with roundabouts.
If you’ve never driven on a roundabout before, you’ll need to do so. They’re becoming much more prevalent throughout the state, as they’re generally seen as safer and less-expensive to operate. However, they can be intimidating for a new driver. Haven’t encountered them during your traffic lessons yet? As you approach, slow down and yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic. You may have a stop sign to follow, but you should always look to your left and yield to those already in the circle. When there’s a gap, put on your signal, enter the traffic circle, and proceed to your exit. When you go out to practice driving, make sure you head to a roundabout at least a couple of times.
- Cities make their own texting-while-driving laws.
The state of Arizona does not yet have a state-wide law pertaining to texting while driving or even being on the phone while operating a vehicle. However, many cities and counties do. Tucson is located in a county that now has a no-texting-while-driving law. It’s illegal in Phoenix to send or receive a non-voice communication on a wireless device while driving, too. As a general rule, you should refrain from using your phone while driving unless it’s an absolute emergency. In driving school, your instructors will help you understand how important this is and how one text message isn’t worth risking your life.
Of course, your parents can impart a lot of driving wisdom. But only in driving school will you learn more about up-to-date legislation that impacts you and the proper ways to handle tricky situations. To find out more about signing up for drivers education in Arizona, contact us today.