Before handing me the keys to my first car, my dad set down some rules. I was responsible for the auto insurance, the maintenance, and the repairs. If I failed to keep up the car properly, then the keys would be taken away.
My father's motivation was to teach me what it meant to be a car owner. He also wanted me to realize that failing to keep up a car responsibly would mean breakdowns at the worst possible times. Thanks to his guidance, I am happy to say that the only trouble I've had on the road is having to change a flat tire.
If you are the proud owner of your first car, stick around and I'll tell you a little about insurance, roadside assistance, and general car maintenance. I guarantee that what you learn will serve you well in the years to come.