Why is driving a privilege?

My mom just started teaching me how to drive and she keeps saying, “Driving is a privilege.” It seems to be her catchphrase recently. Why is driving a privilege?

Maxine Boyko · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congrats on learning how to drive! And your mom’s right—driving is a privilege.
An important thing to keep in mind while you’re learning to drive is that it is not a constitutional right. Rather, you are granted a driver’s license based on your ability to follow rules and capacity to learn skills.
When you start driving, you are taking on an enormous responsibility that has the potential to significantly impact other people, so you must demonstrate your ability to
drive safely
. If you’re putting others at risk on the road, it can result in tickets, license suspension, or license revocation.
Driving privileges are granted only to those who can be trusted to follow driving rules and laws and keep their risk to everyone else sharing the road to a minimum. The ability to drive must be earned.
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