The opportunity to take advantage of the shopping deals on Cyber Monday may only come once a year. Remember with DMV Online Services available 24/7, you don’t have to wait that long to renew your vehicle registration or driver license. You’ll be finished with your transaction– just in time to buy that television you’ve been waiting so long for!
Even if you’re too stuffed to move from your Thanksgiving meal, we know you can’t pass up those Black Friday specials. As you wake up during the wee hours and head out to your favorite stores, DMV would like to remind you to drive carefully, be very patient, and pay particular attention to pedestrians.
Throughout your holiday shopping remain alert and mindful of your surroundings, have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle, and check the back seat and around the car before getting in. Do not leave shopping bags visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home. These tips will help keep you and your family safe this shopping season.
The DMV would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and thank everyone for their continued business. As you begin your holiday travel, take note to avoid driver distractions (i.e. texting, eating, applying makeup) so you reach your destination safely. Families will be on the road in record numbers, so it’s important to remain focused while driving.
…Now go and enjoy the four “F”s – family, friends, food and football!
Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those brave men and women who put off the comforts of society and put on a uniform to defend our country. There is no greater testament to the character of these men and women than the fact that America remains a free country and a beacon of hope, promise, and opportunity to those coming to our shores.
In recognizing the service of California veterans, the DMV developed the Active Military and Veterans Resources webpage that is dedicated to all veterans who are residing in California, deployed elsewhere or are on their way home. Veterans and their families will find many DMV resources gathered in one location and links to other state and federal sites with information on health, education, housing, and employment benefits and services.
To those veterans and family members who have taught all of us the true meaning of service, the DMV thanks you. Though we cannot ever repay the service you have given, we aspire to the same degree of commitment to excellence in serving you.
It’s that time of the year when ghouls and goblins take over the night and haunt the streets. An array of superheroes, villains, and princesses will parade from house to house filling their buckets with goodies. Halloween is a fun-filled night for children, parents, and partygoers alike. The scary parts of Halloween are not the haunted houses but the distracted and alcohol impaired drivers.
To keep children safe this Halloween, here are safety tips for the Trick-or-Treaters:
- Plan a safe route on well-lit streets and always walk on sidewalks or paths. Remind children not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
- Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
- If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic.
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape.
- Use a flashlight.
- Glow sticks as necklaces or bracelets are also fun choices.
A reminder for motorists during haunting season:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Slow Down!
- Use caution and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Enter/exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Turn on headlights to increase visibility – even in daylight.
- Eliminate distractions and concentrate on the road/surroundings.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
For more information visit DMV’s Pedestrian Safety page and have a Happy Halloween!
California DMV is back at The Big Fresno Fair from October 2-14, 2013. The fair is celebrating 130 years and displaying over 1,000 historical items for people to see. Bring the family and visit the new attractions from dinosaurs, sea lions, and even a reptile exhibit!
Do you have a DMV question? Stop by the California DMV booth located in the Industry Commerce building. DMV’s knowledgeable staff will be in attendance to answer questions and assist with the registration process, online transactions, and scheduling appointments. Take this opportunity to interact with a friendly DMV expert.
While visiting the booth get a DMV Dan or Danielle coloring sheet for the kids. The kids can color the sheet and strike a pose for the camera. Post the picture with DMV Dan or Danielle on our California DMV Facebook page.
Historically, Labor Day has been celebrated each year on the first Monday in September and is a hats off to American workers who have contributed to the well-being of our country. The fabric of our nation wouldn’t be as strong without the hard work of those with various backgrounds, skill sets and talents.
Recognizing the dedication of our nation’s people is definitely something to celebrate. Similarly, the DMV realizes this and would like to remind you to drink responsibly over the holiday weekend and always enlist a designated driver to take over the wheel.
Labor Day weekend is also considered one of the busier weekends for travel, since many families take advantage of the last three day weekend before summer’s end. This year in particular, AAA estimates a record number of families will be on the road “…due to the increasingly positive economic outlook.”
So, before you and your family head out on the road together, keep the following in mind:
- Don’t drive if you’re tired. If you do catch yourself dozing off while driving, pull over to a safe, well-lit area and rest before you continue.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. Don’t call, text or eat while driving.
- Exercise extra patience and caution. As mentioned, there will be more cars on the roadways this year.
In addition to the ones above, driver distractions can occur in many other forms. The more you’re aware, the better off you’ll be!
As Aristotle said, “The end of labor is to gain leisure” – now go and celebrate!