Since I just took the written test I thought I’d share my notes — should be pretty much everything you need to know for the test. You’re very welcome. 😉
* Residents need a standard class C license. Visitors can use their own state or country’s.
* Can drive 2-axle vehicle at most 26k lbs, 3-axle at most 6k lbs, 3 wheel motorcycle, housecar 40 feet at most, van pool with at most 15 people.
* At an intersection where
traffic is not controlled by signals,
drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within any crosswalk, marked or unmarked.
* 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches for seat belts (under that, approved seat and back seat). All passengers can be cited unless younger than 16.
* An air bag needs about 10 inches of space to inflate.
* Don’t leave child unattended in car if younger than 6. Must be with person older than 12.
* Can turn right on red after yielding to pedestrian and bikes.
* Stop within 5 feet of the crosswalk.
* Yellow crosswalk signs = school crossing.
* While waiting to turn, keep wheels straight.
* If two vehicles can’t pass together on steep slope, vehicle going uphill has right of way.
* Speed limits
– 65 on highways
– 70 when posted
– 55 on two lane undivided highways and for towing trailers
– 25 within 1000 feet of schools, in business and residential districts
– 15 in blind intersections, alleys
– 10 around street cars, buses, trolleys
* Must stop behind school bus with flashing red lights. Flashing yellow is in preparation.
* “3 second rule” when following a car. 4 seconds if more risky situations. When merging, gap of 4 seconds (2 on either end), then slowly go back to 3 once merged.
* At intersections, look left, right, left.
* Turn on lights during the day, if it is hard to see or cannot see at least 1000 feet ahead.
* May turn left across a single set of double yellow lines to enter or exit a driveway, make a U-turn, or into or out of a private road.
” Lanes are numbered from the left.
* Pass on the left, unless on a highway with > 2 lanes or front vehicle is turning left.
* Motorcycles okay on carpool lanes.
* Turnout areas: drive in there to allow other cars to pass.
* Center left turn lanes: only drive in them for 200 feet.
* Thick white broken lines are end of lane markers.
* Bike lane: may drive into within 200 feet of the corner to turn right, and may park there if there is no bicyclist and no “no parking” sign.
* Begin signaling about 100 feet before turning, and within 100 feet anyway.
* A left turn against a red light can only be made from a one way street into a one way street.
* Right turn: don’t turn wide into another lane unless from one way to one way. Left turn: can turn into any lane if safe.
* Can U-turn through a double yellow line, but not double double. No U-turn if can’t see clearly 200 feet in each direction, or using a fire station driveway.
* Parking on a slope, direct wheels in a safe way.
* Parallel park into a space at least 3 feet longer. About 6 inches from the curb and within 18 inches.
* Parking at colored curbs:
– White: only long enough for a pickup or drop off
– Green: limited time, look for signs.
– Yellow: same as white, stay inside the non commercial vehicle.
– Red: no.
– Blue: only disabled.
* Hand signals can be used instead of flashing signals or if too much sunlight. Hand pointing up for right turn, down for slow or stop.
* Hands on steering wheel when turning: 9 and 3 or 8 and 4.
* Can use horn on mountain roads where you can’t see 200 feet ahead.
* If using windshield wipers, must turn on low beam headlights.
* Hand free communication is okay for minimal time, unless you’re younger than 18.
* Pass a bike with a minimum distance of 3 feet. Don’t pass anyone within 100 feet of an intersection. Pass light rail vehicles or street cars on the right.
* After passing a vehicle, return on lane after you can see both its headlights in rear view mirror.
* NEV = neighborhood electric vehicle, LSV = low speed vehicle.
* Better to allow motorcycles a full lane width.
* Rain: reduce speed by 5 to 10 mph, by half with packed snow, slow to a crawl with ice. Use low beam headlights in the fog.
* If the brakes get wet, dry them by lightly pressing both pedals.
* Report a collision to the DMV within 10 days if anyone was injured or if there was more than $750 of damage.
* BAC = blood alcohol contents. Must be < 0.08 %, 0.04% for commercial vehicles, 0.01% if under 21.
* Headlights should be on 30 minutes after sunset and until 30 minutes before sunrise.
* Dim headlights to low lights 500 feet from vehicle coming toward you, 300 for vehicle that you’re following.
* Report selling your car within 5 days.
* Keep looking ahead at where your car will be in 10-15 seconds.
* Not pulling over and fleeing from cop can get you no more than 1 year in the county jail.