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California Driver Handbook - Sharing The Road


California Driver Handbook - Sharing The Road

Important Driving Tips

Safe driving requires personal responsibility to use sound judgment, reflexes, experience, and common sense—every time you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Another important element of safe driving is courtesy. Be courteous at all times!!!

Dealing with Traffic Congestion

Small changes in your driving habits can help relieve chronic traffic congestion, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Avoid the following driving behaviors:

  • Rubbernecking–slowing down to look at collisions or virtually anything else out of the ordinary.
  • Tailgating–following too closely.
  • Unnecessary lane changes–weaving in and out of freeway lanes.
  • Inattention–­eating, grooming, talking on a cell phone, text messaging, reading the newspaper, etc.
  • Operating a poorly-maintained or malfunctioning vehicle or running out of fuel.

Dealing with Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage

Aggressive driving and road rage happens when crowded roads, rushing, and impatience cause one driver to react angrily to another driver. To avoid aggressive driving and road rage situations:

  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Do not cut off other drivers.
  • Do not drive slowly in the left (fast) lane.
  • Do not tailgate.
  • Do not make gestures to other drivers.
  • Use your horn for emergencies only.

Prevent a potentially violent incident by:

  • Avoiding eye contact with an angry driver.
  • Giving an angry driver plenty of space.

Take the questionnaire below to determine the type of driver you are.


Do you (Check the appropriate box)

1. Overtake other vehicles only on the left.

2. Avoid blocking passing lanes.

3. Yield to faster traffic by moving to the right.

4. Keep to the right as much as possible.

5. Maintain appropriate following distance.

6. Provide appropriate distance when cutting in after passing vehicles.

7. Use headlights in cloudy, rainy, low light conditions.

8. Yield to pedestrians.

9. Come to a complete stop at stop signs, etc.

10. Stop for red traffic lights.

11. Approach intersections and pedestrians at slow speeds.

12. Follow right-of-way rules at four-way stops.

13. Drive below the posted speed limit when conditions warrant.

14. Drive at slower speeds in construction zones.

15. Maintain speeds appropriate for conditions.

16. Use vehicle turn signals for turns and lane changes.

17. Make eye contact and signal intention where needed.

18. Acknowledge intention of others.

19. Use your horn sparingly.

20. Avoid unnecessary use of high beam headlights.

21. Yield and move to the right for emergency vehicles.

22. Refrain from flashing headlights.

23. Make slow, deliberate U-turns.

24. Maintain proper speeds around roadway crashes.

25. Avoid returning inappropriate gestures.

26. Avoid challenging other drivers.

27. Try to get out of the way of aggressive drivers.

28. Focus on driving and avoid distracting activities.

Do You avoid:

29. Driving when drowsy.

30. Blocking the right-turn lane.

31. Taking more than one parking space.

32. Parking in a space designated for the disabled.

33. Letting your door hit the vehicle parked next to you.

34. Using the cell phone while driving.

35. Stopping in the road to talk.

36 .Inflicting loud music on neighboring cars.




How did you do?

(1 – 3) Safe Driver
(4 – 7 Good Driver
(8 – 11) Semi–Aggressive Driver
(12+) Aggressive Driver

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