Posted on July 1, 2013 by cadmv
As Fourth of July approaches, the only red, white and blue DMV would like you to see are the celebratory colors of our nation, not the flashing lights of a patrol car. That is why the department wants to remind you to be extra cautious on the roadways, especially during the national holiday.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.” This means more people are drinking and driving on the road during Fourth of July than most other times of the year.
In addition to drunk driving, driver distractions can occur in other forms. Texting, eating and cell phone use are such common distractions. So if travel is in your plans, read the following tips before you head out:
• Eat before or after you drive, so you won’t have to do so while driving.
• Leave early to allow yourself enough time to reach your destination without having to rush.
• Map out your route prior to getting in your vehicle.
• Check your vehicle’s controls to make sure everything is working properly.
• Exercise caution and drive slowly, as parents and children will begin lighting fireworks in the street once it gets dark.
Don’t become a statistic! Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle collisions and near-collisions. The DMV wants to make sure you are equipped with the necessary resources to keep you, your family and your friends safe this coming holiday. Find out other ways to minimize common driver distractions.
Happy Fourth of July!
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Posted on June 24, 2013 by cadmv
Rejoice! School is finally out and summer fun is right around the corner. As such, young drivers will soon take to the roads in increasing numbers. The DMV, in its ongoing pledge to ensure public safety, has developed a webpage for young drivers and their parents. We at DMV want to make sure young drivers are well informed of the rules of the road and driving laws.
To further showcase DMV’s commitment, the young drivers webpage not only highlights information specific to teens about vehicle registration and obtaining a driver license, but also provides invaluable resources on saving gas, locating summer jobs and even preparing for college.
For those who are planning to take the DMV written test, there are numerous practice tests and instructional YouTube videos found on the page to help you prepare. If you have a DMV related question, there is even an option to directly message the department through Facebook or Twitter – how cool is that?
For parents, there is information detailing their rights and responsibilities when having a young driver in the family, how to keep their children safe (both on the streets and at home) and how to raise a healthier generation. DMV strongly believes that keeping parents informed will help to continue fostering a generation of safe young drivers.
Summertime, here we come!
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Posted on June 4, 2013 by cadmv
With our lives as hectic as ever these days, it’s easy to forget when our vehicle registration is up for renewal. It’s even easier to misplace the paper renewal notice we receive prior to when our vehicle registration is due.
Worry no more! DMV online now gives you the option to sign up for a Vehicle Registration E-mail Reminders (VRER), which lets you know when your vehicle is up for renewal. Upon signing up, you will receive an email reminder 30 days prior to your registration expiring and another email 7 days prior to expiration.
Opting in to the online program is easy, since all you have to do is add your vehicle and let DMV do the rest. The image below provides a glimpse of what you will see if you add a vehicle to your online profile. If you sell your vehicle or it is no longer in your possession, opting out of the program is just as quick! Can it get any simpler?
So let DMV make your life a little easier and remind you about your registration. Nearly 200,000 people have already opted in to receive renewal reminders via email. Still not sure if you want to sign up? Read our commonly asked VRER questions to learn more!
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Posted on May 20, 2013 by cadmv
As Memorial Day approaches, let us remind ourselves of those who have given selflessly of themselves in order to serve our beloved country. The DMV has certainly not forgotten about the brave men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and have since passed on.
To show our support, the DMV has created a useful webpage dedicated solely to active military personnel, veterans and their families. Included in the webpage are a variety of resources to help connect the armed services community with important benefits, services and opportunities. The page even features a calendar of events, which helps active military and veterans locate events throughout the California region.
DMV would like to take the opportunity to honor those who have served and are no longer with us. The sacrifices these individuals made for this country and the citizens of California are greatly appreciated.
In other words, the DMV Salutes Active Military and Veterans.
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Posted on May 6, 2013 by cadmv
DMV continues its commitment to those using California highways by reminding bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists to share the road safely. In celebrating May as National Bike and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, DMV has created useful resource pages for both motorcyclists and bicyclists.
On the California Motorcycle Resources webpage you will find information on licensing requirements, safety tips, and an online version of the latest California Motorcycle Handbook. There are even practice tests to help you prepare for the DMV motorcycle written exam! So, whether you’re interested in obtaining your motorcycle license or an avid rider who needs to brush up on your knowledge and skills, this site was created for you!
In addition, DMV recently introduced a new Bicycle Resources webpage to inspire generations of safe bicyclists. DMV recognizes bicyclists’ attraction to the Golden State because of its desirable weather, beautiful scenery and great roads. The new bicycle webpage includes useful links that range from bicycle maintenance, developing safe riding skills, to avoiding common causes of bicycle accidents. References to California codes, laws and regulations to ensure safe bicycling on California highways can also be found.
Are you excited yet? Well, put on your helmet and enjoy the ride!
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