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DMV handbooks

You can find many handbooks on how to drive in each state. A very good example of such handbooks is the Florida Driver's Handbook 2011 - The handbook covers Florida’s law regarding driving and provides advices on defensive driving.

Another driver handbook can be found on Drivers Handbook.

Via Florida handbook you can get important contact information such as emergency contacts or real-time traffic information in English or Spanish. Eventually, you can obtain crash records. In it, you also can find driver’s license types, description of who needs a driver’s license and who does not, how you should prove your identity, description of what a driver’s test consists of and what its purpose is, what to do if you are a minor or have either or both, physical and mental limitations. You can find a description of restrictions in Florida and endorsement codes, information for sexual and career offenders, and information on how to voluntarily contribute to charity and fees connected to driver’s licensing.

There is also a description of some general conditions for a Learner’s Permit (Junior License) holders as well as rules for Class E applicants. If you don't know how to renew or replace your license you can read through the handbook as well. The handbook contains some rules for motorcycle license and motorcycle endorsement applicants and, at the same time, information for people who intend to obtain just an identification card.

The next thing you can find is a list of reason for suspension, revocation or cancellation of a license. Interesting part is perhaps a view of violation points related to traffic offences. Next rules are dedicated to red light violation, time restriction or zero tolerance for minors. You can get some advices on what to do in case your license is suspended or revoked too. Lot of space is dedicated to penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription drugs. However, there are also some advices on how to help people to handle an emotionally exacting state of mind. Then you can read how important it is to obtain automotive insurance and what is covered by such insurance in case of crash as well as steps that you should follow if you get into a crash.

Did you know that littering is a crime? If you didn't, you will learn through this handbook that people who throw garbage in public streets or highways, can be fined up to $500 or jailed up to 60 days. In case of 15 pounds of garbage or more, you can be charged with a first-degree serious offence and fined up to $1,000. An interesting alternative to these fines is when you have to pick up litter along roadways: that may be ordered by a court.

Many pages in the handbook are given to safety instructions, for example, get the car ready before driving and check the space behind your car and do not get distracted by any external object such as a mobile phone. This is followed by explanations of what defensive driving means. Afterwards, how to avoid rear-end collisions is explained, why to use a seatbelt, how to protect children, examples of speed limits, how to follow an enforcement officer or fireman instructions, why to be careful at intersections, as well as why there is no right-of-way in Florida just a need of yield! What else you can discover? Rules of a “Stop” traffic sign, an open intersection, a roundabout, and rules associated with pedestrians, bicyclists, and rules on how to share a road with motorcycles and prevent accidents.

The handbook will teach you that you need to give way to a school bus and its crossing children as well as to a public transit bus. You have to give way to funeral processions as well as emergency vehicles. Furthermore, you will learn how to turn a corner in right way, how to do a three-point turn in case a street is too narrow for a U-turn, how to use hand signals and when, the guide will tell you about traffic lanes, what a blind spot is, how to pass other cars and how to be passed, how to keep minimum safe following distances, you will learn how to park a car, how to use expressways (highways). You should know that it is very dangerous to drive at night. For that reason, you will find some advices in the guide.

You should behave in a careful manner and slow down when you see animals on your roadway or shoulder of the road. You must neither drive in fog or smoke nor use low beam headlights. When it rains, slow down and plan for (at least) two times the normal stopping distance. You can prevent hydroplaning in the same way. You should read on how to handle emergency situations or have to drive in approximation of truck. One of the most important parts of the handbook is devoted to first aid information where you can learn how to apply 3 first aid rules.

Other paragraphs will give you an idea on how to abide by traffic control signals, lane signals, ramp signals, traffic signs and pavement markings. What items of your car should be checked before you take a driver’s test? You will find the answer to this in a section of the handbook that deals with vehicle equipment such as vehicle standards, other equipment, equipment not permitted or additional equipment for certain vehicles. This is followed by limitations of towing or loading, instructions on how to mark a load during night time or day time.

Then you will be explained why to use ABS (anti-lock braking system). Afterwards, you will get to know why not to tamper any pollution control device on your vehicle, what rules bicyclists and moped drivers need to obey. You will learn in what period of time you need to get a Florida registration certificate and license plate, what conditions you must fulfil prior to be given these as well as how to apply or how to renew the certificate and the plate.

If you have never held a driver license before or if you are under 21 years of age and you have received a notice of suspension then you must attend a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course. You can find a list of course providers in the handbook too. If your driver license was suspended in the state of Florida for points or as a habitual traffic offender, or by court order, you must complete an advanced driver improvement course, this is followed by a list of course providers.

Next thing you can find are reasons for attending a basic driver improvement course, reasons for attending a Traffic School, reasons to attend a DUI (driving under the influence) program + a list of the course providers, list of senior citizens discount insurance course providers and 3-in-3 Driver Change course providers in the end.

Finally, there is a sample of test questions.