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Tips for Drivers to Avoid the Risks of Driving Unlicensed or Uninsured

Toronto, ON (PR) March 02, 2012

It is required by law in every province that any driver who gets behind the wheel of a car must meet the legal requirements. This means they must hold a valid drivers license and carry insurance that meets the minimum coverage required by provincial law. Driving without one or the other may seem like a minor thing, but wants drivers to know that if caught, they will face very serious consequences.

Driving Without a License

No matter what the reason is for a driver not having a valid license, there is no excuse for being on the road without it. This is among the more serious offences according to the Highway Safety Act. Anyone who drives without a license is endangering the lives of the others on the road because, according to the law, they arent qualified to be behind the wheel. A driver cannot be on the road in any of these circumstances:
The driver has never been licensed
The drivers license has been suspended
The drivers license is expired
The driver is on a graduated licensing system and does not have the required fully licensed driver in the vehicle.

Making the decision to get behind the wheel knowing that the legal requirements are not met is a major offence. The potential consequences of being caught driving without a license depend on the province where the offense takes place and the circumstances but include:

Impoundment of the vehicle, regardless of who owns it
Receiving a ticket accompanied by a fine
Cost of any towing and impound fees
Increases in your insurance rates

It is also important to note that if an unlicensed driver is behind the wheel when an accident occurs, a car insurance company may refuse to pay the claim. Having a license is a part of your contractual agreement with the insurance company, reminds InsuranceHotline.coms Tammy Ezer, and if you break that contract they may consider it void and refuse coverage.

Driving Without Insurance

The legal requirement for insurance coverage on every vehicle that enters a Canadian road is in place to ensure that everyone is financially responsible for their actions. Driving without insurance is a dangerous proposition that could leave a driver facing some serious consequences, not the least of which is being held responsible for the cost of all repairs and medical bills. Other consequences include:

Receiving a ticket and accompanying fine
Increased insurance rates
Demerit points on your license

There is a difference between driving uninsured and failure to provide proof of insurance. A driver who does have auto insurance but is unable to produce proof when stopped by law enforcement may still face a fine, but it will be less serious than if the driver is actually uninsured

Drivers should never get behind the wheel without a valid license and the required insurance policy. Be sure when lending a vehicle that the driver is licensed, and remember that insurance follows the vehicle; if an accident occurs the owner of the vehicle will be held responsible for damages. Staying legal on the road is the best way to go.