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California Driver Handbook

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August 26 2008

California Driver HandbookGovernor’s Message (California Driver Handbook)

My Fellow Californians:
You have in your hands a valuable handbook that can help ensure a safe driving experience. For your protection and those of others, I strongly urge you to read it and keep it handy for future reference.

As Governor, I have always been supportive of you, the driver. I want you and your family to be safe at all times while driving California roadways, and that is why I signed two very important laws that will take effect on July 1, 2008.

One law requires all drivers to use hands-free devices while talking on cell phones. The other law bans teenage drivers from using all electronic devices – including cell phones – while behind the wheel. With the implementation of these laws, many lives will be saved from car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

In addition, I also want your business transactions with the DMV to be as seamless as possible. If you have not done so, I encourage you to check out dmv.ca.gov. It is a great website where you can conduct tasks such as renewing your car registration or driver license online – rather than in line.

Your state government will continue to take action to find ways to further improve the California driving experience, but I also need your help. You can help me and your fellow Californians keep our roads safe by applying what you learn in this handbook. Working together, we will ensure that our state continues to be a fantastic place to live.

Wishing you a safe drive,
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Visit California Driver Handbook Website

You can read the handbook online, or download the publication in PDF format.

Download California Driver Handbook

PDF format, 3.8MB, 92Pages.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
State of California
Dale E. Bonner, Secretary
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
George Valverde, Director
Department of Motor Vehicles

Department of Motor Vehicles
Legal Office M/S C128
P. O. Box 932382
Sacramento, CA 94232-3820

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
New laws.......................................... viii
DMV INFORMATION.............................ix
GENERAL INFORMATION..................... 1
Disclaimer.....................................1
Who Must Have A License?............1
California Residents......................... 1
California Military Personnel............. 1
Nonresident Military Personnel......... 1
New Residents................................. 1
Adults Visiting California................... 2
Minors Visiting California.................. 2
THE CALIFORNIA DRIVER LICENSE... 2
Accurate Identification.................... 2
Basic Information.............................. 2
Duplicate Licenses........................... 2
Name Changes................................... 3
License Renewals............................. 3
LICENSE CLASSES............................... 3
OBTAINING A DRIVER LICENSE.......... 5
Acceptable Documents.................... 5
Application Requirements For A
Basic Class C Driver License...... 5
Adults’ Permit Requirements.......... 6
Adults’ License Requirements........ 6
THE EXAMINATION PROCES............. 7
Where To Take The Tests................. 7
DMV’s Examinations......................... 7
SEAT BELTS ........................................... 8
Mistaken Beliefs About
Seat Belts...................................... 8
Child Restraint System
And Safety Seats.......................... 9
Riding Safely With Air Bags......... 10
Side-Impact Air Bags...................... 10
Unattended Children
In Motor Vehicles........................ 10
LAWS AND RULES OF THE ROAD......11
Right-Of-Way Rules.......................11
General Information.........................11
Pedestrians......................................11
Crosswalks..................................... 12
Intersections................................... 12
Roundabouts.................................. 13
On Mountain Roads........................ 13
Multiple and single
lane roundabout......................... 13
Speed Limits..................................... 14
Maximum Speed Limit....................... 14
Reduced Speeds.............................. 14
Heavy traffic or bad weather........... 14
Towing Vehicles, Buses,
or Large Trucks............................... 14
around children.............................. 15
blind intersections.......................... 15
alleys.............................................. 15
near railroad tracks........................ 15
near light rail vehicle crossings...... 16
near streetcars, trolleys, or buses.. 16
business or residence districts....... 17
near Animals.................................. 17
TRAFFIC LANES.................................. 17
Line Colors..................................... 17
Choosing A Lane............................. 17
Examples of
lane markings........................... 17
Changing Lanes............................... 18
Bicycle Lanes.................................. 18
Passing Lanes.................................. 18
Carpool Lanes ............................... 19
Center Left Turn Lanes................. 19
Turnout Areas and Lanes.............. 20
End-of-Lane Markings................... 20
TURNS................................................. 20
Examples of Right
and Left Turns............................. 21
Legal U-Turns................................. 22
Illegal U-Turns............................... 23
SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES............... 23
Scanning.......................................... 23
Know What Is Ahead...................... 23
Know What Is At Your Side............. 25
Know What Is Behind You............... 26
Clean Windows And Mirrors........... 26
Adjust Seat And Mirrors.................. 27
How Well Can You Stop?................ 27
Driving In The Fog.......................... 27
Driving In Darkness....................... 27
Driving In Rain or Snow................ 28
Driving In Hill Country................. 28
HORN, HEADLIGHTS,
and EMERGENCY SIGNALS ... 28
Use Your Horn................................ 28
Don’t Use Your Horn....................... 29
Use Your Headlights....................... 29
Use Your Emergency Signals......... 29
Following Distances...................... 30
Taking Dangers One At A Time....... 30
Splitting The Difference................... 30
Problem Drivers.............................. 30
Merging In/Out Of Traffic...........31
Space To Merge.............................. 31
Space To Cross Or Enter................ 31
Space To Exit.................................. 31
Passing Other Traffic.................... 32
Space To Pass................................ 32
Space To Return............................. 32

SIGNALING.......................................... 32
SHARING THE ROAD
WITH OTHER VEHICLES................. 33
LARGE TRUCKS and RV s........... 33
Braking........................................... 33
Turning............................................ 34
Trucker’s Blind Spots—
The “No Zone”................................ 34
Maneuverability.............................. 34
Buses, Streetcars,
and Trolleys................................. 35
Light rail vehicles.......................... 36
Emergency vehicles........................ 36
Slow moving vehicles..................... 36
Animal-drawn vehicles.................... 37
Motorcycles................................... 37
Bicycles........................................... 40
Pedestrians who are blind............. 40
Road Workers & Work Zones...... 41
Double Fine Zones.......................... 42
Move Over & Slow Down.............. 42
Vehicles With Hazardous Loads... 42
PARKING.............................................. 42
Parking On A Hill........................... 42
Parking At Colored Curbs........... 43
Illegal Parking................................ 44
Special Parking Rules................... 44
Important Driving Tips............... 45
Dealing With Traffic
Congestion................................... 45
Dealing With Road Rage............... 45
Cellular phones............................. 45
Accident Avoidance......................... 46
Keep Your Car Visible..................... 46
What Is The Road Like................... 46
Curves............................................ 46
Water On The Road........................ 46
Slippery Roads............................... 46
Driving In Heavy Traffic................... 47
Traffic Speeds................................. 47
Handling Emergencies.................... 47
Skids On Slippery Surfaces............ 47
Acceleration Skids.......................... 48
Locked Wheel Skids....................... 48
Steering Wheel Locking Device...... 48
Accidents......................................... 48
Causes Of Accidents...................... 49
Involved In An Accident................... 49
Reporting The Accident.................. 49
ADDITIONAL DRIVING RULES.......... 50
Things You Must Not Do............... 50
Things you must do......................... 51
HEALT H AND SAFETY......................... 52
Safety For The Aging Driver........ 52
Good Vision For All Drivers........ 52
Hearing............................................ 52
Alertness........................................ 52
Medications..................................... 53
Health And Emotions..................... 53
Conditions Physicians
Must Report................................ 53
Special Section - Minors............ 53
Minors’ Permit Requirements........ 53
Minors’ Permit Restrictions.......... 54
Minors’ License Requirements....... 54
Exceptions - Minor
License Restrictions................... 55
Traffic Violations Increase
Accidents...................................... 56
Teenage Traffic Deaths................... 56
Actions Against The Provisional
License.......................................... 56
Keeping Your Provisional License... 56
Habitual Truant—Persons
Age 13 To 18................................ 57
Minors and Cellular Phones........ 57
Trafic Lights and Signs............ 57
Traffic Signal Lights...................... 57
Pedestrian Signal Lights............... 58
Traffic Signs................................... 58
MISCELANEOUS LICENSING
INFORMATION................................. 62
Renewal By Mail or Internet........ 62
License Extension........................... 62
License In Your Possession........... 62
Add ress Changes............................ 62
Medical Information Card............. 63
Organ Donation.............................. 63
Unlicensed Drivers........................ 63
Diplomatic Driver Licenses........... 63
Driving Schools............................. 63
Free ID Cards For P&M
Conditions.................................... 64
Identification (ID) Card................. 64
Mature Driver Program................ 64
Pedestrian Responsibilities*.......... 64
Record Confidentiality.................. 65
Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips....... 66
Traffic Breaks ............................... 66
What A Driver Should Do
During An Enforcement Stop.... 67
ACTIONS THAT RESULT IN
LOSS OF LICENSE........................... 70
Financial Responsibility................. 70
Insurance......................................... 70
Insurance Requirements................ 70
Accidents On Your Record.............. 71
Accidents, Insurance, and Minors... 71
Drinking While Driving.................. 71

Drinking And Driving Is
Dangerous................................... 71
Drugs And Driving.......................... 72
Carrying Alcohol In A Vehicle.......... 72
Drivers Under 21 (Possession of
Alcohol)....................................... 72
Drivers of All Ages.......................... 73
BAC Limits...................................... 73
ADMIN PER SE..............................74
Court DUI Convictions..................74
Drivers 21 and Older—
DUI Programs
and Restricted Licenses.............. 75
Designated Driver Program.......... 76
Getting a Ticket.............................. 76
Evading a Peace Officer................ 76
Points on The Driver Record....... 77
Vandalism/Graffiti—All Ages....... 77
Speed Contests/Reckless
Driving.......................................... 77
Possessing Firearms...................... 78
Traffic Violator School
Dismissals..................................... 78
Suspension or Revocation
By DMV........................................ 78
Suspension By Judge...................... 78
vehicle registration
requirements............................. 79
California Vehicles......................... 79
Out-of-State Vehicles................... 80
Related Fast Facts
Publications................................. 81
Sample test............................... 85, 86

 

Comments (5)add comment

sam2008 said:

The California Drivers Handbook is a booklet published by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Also called California Driver Handbook, it is usually about 96 pages of information relating to licenses, examinations, laws/rules of the road, road signs, seat belts, and health and safety issues. There are also several pages of advertisements.
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Sam
Dui In California
September 18, 2008

rocky1211 said:

i din't get u.

California Dui
September 17, 2008

julia smith said:

This site is very informative , and the measures taken are very useful.
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juliasmith
California Dui
September 17, 2008 | url

cadeburton said:

Its nice to here that California has provided the precausions while driving time to aviod the accidents.

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cadeburton
California DUI

September 16, 2008

julie01 said:

Thank you for the post. it is very informative and helpful for the people in driving and for people who go for a long drive frequently. Using hands-free devices while talking on cell phones is a good thing and ban on teenage drivers from using all electronic devices is a good idea. Hope it will help in reducing road accidents.
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julie

california dui
September 15, 2008

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