DMV Has Gone YouTube

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations

www.dmv.ca.gov
www.youtube.com/CaliforniaDMV

October 17, 2007

 Sacramento—In a continuing effort to bring new driver safety tools to teens, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has created a DMV channel on the popular video sharing Web site YouTube.com.  Drivers, especially young people can find useful and enlightening video clips that will help hone their driving skills right from their desktops..

“Traffic safety is our top priority and with the YouTube videos, we hope to catch the attention of each and every teen driver as well as seasoned drivers in California,” says DMV Director George Valverde.  “YouTube gets millions of visitors each day and the DMV saw this as an excellent tool to reach out to the masses. Each video clip teaches a very important aspect of driving.”

Getting your license for the first time can be a nerve wracking, scary experience.  DMV takes some of the mystery away as the viewer actually goes along on a “drive test.”  The examiner explains the process of the test and reasons why people fail.  Video clips of “The Top 10 Reasons for Failing the Drive Test” include unsafe lane changes, failure to yield, failure to stop and lack of experience.  These clips go on to show the viewer how to over come these obstacles and pass the test.

The drive test isn’t the only subject viewers can expect.  A click of the mouse can take you inside a big rig to see what a trucker sees, which surprising to the viewer is very limited.  Not only do the clips show drivers how to share the road with big rigs, but also motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians. 

There are 54 short video clips on the DMV YouTube Channel that range from one to five minutes with new drivers in mind, however even the most experienced driver can get a refresher course by viewing these well produced mini movies.  These clips are a great compliment to the California Drivers Handbook and bring the information written in the handbook alive.

To go along with the theme of getting the attention of California teenagers, DMV has also put up a page on MySpace.com.  MySpace is especially popular with teens and the DMV MySpace page gives direct links to the official DMV website teen section.  The DMV is a “Friend” parents would be glad to see on their teenager’s MySpace page!

Don’t Stand In Line, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Web site (www.dmv.ca.gov), including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions.

DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.  

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