Why U.S. presidents aren't allowed to drive

We're all wondering who'll win the keys to the White House this November, but the election will also determine who loses the keys to their car-- for good.

- We're all wondering who'll win the keys to the White House this November, but the election will also determine who loses the keys to their car-- for good.

Thanks to the Former Presidents Act, which became federal law in 1958, U.S. presidents get a few perks once their terms are over: a pension, health insurance, and lifetime protection from the Secret Service. That last one includes a driver, and that means no driving on the open road. Ever.

Since JFK was assassinated, the Secret Service has been very, very strict when it comes to driving privileges-- but there are a few Commanders-in-Chief who just haven’t been able to keep their hands off the wheel.

Ronald Reagan drove four-wheel drive Jeeps on his property in Santa Barbara, and George W. Bush drove a truck on his ranch in Texas. Barack Obama has driven a Chevy Volt twice-- once on the White House grounds and once after touring an assembly line. Oh, and he caused a commotion in 2014 when he was spotted driving a golf cart solo (Secret Service was not happy).

If Hillary Clinton is elected, not much will change. HRC hasn’t driven in 20 years. And while Donald Trump owns quite a collection of luxury cars, including Rolls Royces and a Lamborghini, he’s no stranger to being chauffeured in limousines.

Imagine it: you’re the President of the United States, the leader of the free world—and you have fewer driving privileges than a 15-year-old. At least it means there’s no more stopping for red lights.

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