California Driver’s Handbook

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Section 14: Glossary

Behind-the-wheel drive testA drive test where you have control of the vehicle and are accompanied by a DMV examiner who is evaluating your driving skills.
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC)Your BAC is the amount of alcohol in your blood. For example, if your BAC is 0.10%, that means you have 0.10 grams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.
Driving performance evaluation (DPE)DPE is the portion of the behind-the-wheel drive test when you drive your car with a DMV examiner who evaluates your driving skills.
PedestrianA pedestrian can also be a person with a disability using a tricycle, quadricycle, or wheelchair for transportation.
Right-of-wayHelps determine who is allowed to go first in situations where vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists meet on the road.
Three-second ruleA driving rule that helps you estimate how closely you should follow other vehicles. When the vehicle in front of you passes a certain point, such as a sign, count three seconds. If you pass the same point before you finish counting, you are following too closely.
Traffic citationAlso known as a ticket, a traffic citation is an official summons issued by law enforcement for violating a traffic law.
Vulnerable road users (VRU)VRUs are non-motorized road users, such as cyclists, pedestrians, and persons with disabilities or reduced mobility and orientation using a wheelchair, tricycle, or quadricycle.
YieldYield means to wait for, slow down, and be ready to stop (if necessary) to allow other vehicles or pedestrians who have right-of-way to proceed.