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5 Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

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Mobility is a quality of life issue and driving is a key part of seniors staying mobile, independent and socially active. It is important for drivers of all ages to drive safely from the time they earn their driver license to the time they retire it. Safe driving involves good vision, quick reflexes, joint flexibility and muscle strength. All these components are important to ensure drivers can judge distances, quickly spot troubles and react appropriately.

Here are 5 safety tips we’ve come up with for senior drivers:

  1. Make sure your car is the right fit for you. That means being able to see over the steering wheel, reach the brake and accelerator comfortably, and get in and out of your vehicle with ease. If your vehicle isn’t the proper fit for you, don’t worry. You can install adaptive features and devices to help make your car more comfortable and safe for you to drive.
  2. Get a restricted driver license. Restrictions to your driving privilege are not punitive; they are intended to help you drive safer and longer. Restrictions are based on conditions, not age. Restrictions may include limiting when and where you may drive, such as staying off the freeway, not driving during rush hour traffic and only driving during daylight hours.
  3. Keep up your health! Have your vision and hearing checked by your physician, and exercise regularly. You need to see clearly, judge distances and hear horns and sirens when you drive. Staying active ensures you maintain muscle strength and flexibility, which can help with turning the steering wheel or looking over your shoulder.
  4. Plan your trip out before you head out the door. Find the safest, smoothest routes before leaving to your destination, so you don’t find yourself stressed or lost while driving.
  5. Enroll in a driving course to update and refresh your driving skills and knowledge of the “rules of the road”. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop driving! Improve your defensive driving techniques at a Mature Driver Improvement Course.

In addition to these tips, all drivers of any age should avoid distractions while driving, always wear their seat belt and never drive after drinking alcohol or taking prescription and over the counter medications that can impair their driving.

If you are worried that someone you know may no longer be driving safely, submit a Request for Driver Reexamination (PDF). The form is confidential.

For more tips on safe driving for older adults, read our Senior Guide for Safe Driving handbook.

For additional resources, questions or for assistance contact your local Senior Driver Ombudsmen.

Is Your Child in the Right Seat?

Buckle Up Baby.jpgWe know seat belts save lives and the same is true for child safety seats. A child who is properly restrained in a certified booster seat has a much greater chance of surviving a crash.

According to a 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study, 35 percent of children under the age of 13, who were not restrained in car booster seats were killed in car crashes. But simply putting your child in a booster seat is not enough. If it’s not properly buckled to the car seat, it can break loose during an accident. What’s alarming is that the study found that 59 percent of children sit in one of these improperly fastened booster seats.

So how do I know if your child should be sitting in a forward-facing or rear-facing booster seat? When it comes to a booster seat, it is not a one-size-fits-all device. Out of the four car seat types, there are many options available. The most important thing to remember is that you will want to make sure your car seat fits your child’s current size and age, and that it properly fits into your vehicle. This process may seem quite overwhelming at first, but when it comes to the safety of your child, it’s worth it.

According to NHTSA, once you have chosen a car seat, you can get assistance with installing it you can get help at a car seat inspection station. Certified technicians will inspect your car seat free of charge!

There are many ways you can protect your children from harm. Choosing and correctly using the right car seat every time your child is in the car is one of them. Visit NHTSA’s page on the process of finding the right car seat for your child.

Learn more about the importance of booster seats at http://www.boosterseats4safety.org/

 

 

Get Cleared for Take Off with REAL ID

Do you use your driver license or identification (DL/ID) card to get through airport security? Then you’ll probably want a REAL ID. Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require a REAL ID or other federally approved document to board a domestic flight.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has your ticket to get through security by offering a REAL ID – a new federal compliant option for driver licenses and identification cards. A REAL ID card is marked with a bear and star in the upper right corner of the card.

Avoid being delayed at the airport! To apply for a REAL ID, you must visit a DMV field office. Don’t forget to make an appointment to reduce your wait. Remember, you must bring at least three documents that include: proof of identity, social security number and California residency. No photocopies will be accepted for the proof of identity or social security documents. Be aware that if you have changed your name, a legal document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, also might be required.

Renewing your DL/ID online or by mail? You will receive a Federal Non-Compliant DL/ID card. This card is marked “Federal Limits Apply” and it cannot be used to board domestic flights or enter secure federal facilities starting October 1, 2020.


Don’t fret! These requirements do not go into effect until October 1, 2020, so you can still use a valid California DL/ID card at airports until then. If your current DL/ID card expires between now and October 1, 2020, the best time to apply for a REAL ID would be when you are due for a renewal. If you don’t want to apply for a REAL ID, you can use a U.S. passport, military ID or other TSA-approved identification document to get you through airport security.

Visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov for more information on REAL ID.

DMV Celebrates 100 Self-Service Terminals

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Yes, that’s right—100 Self-Service Terminals (SST)! How many things do you have 100 of? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is so elated to announce that we have now launched 100 DMV Now Self-Service Terminals. The 100th located in Sacramento, our Headquarter city!

On November 30, 2017, we unveiled our 100th DMV Now kiosk at Safeway in Sacramento, California with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the momentous occasion. The first DMV Now SST was born in 2010 and fast-forward 7 years later there are now 100 SSTs! Can you believe that? To date, there are 60 DMV Self-Service Terminals in field offices and 39 in grocery stores, scattered all throughout Northern and Southern California, and 1 located at UC Irvine. Click here to find a DMV Now SST near you!

Why are we so excited, you ask? Because that means you have another option for renewing your vehicle registration. By using a DMV Now Self-Service Terminal at one of our 39 grocery store locations, you have the ability to renew your registration outside of DMV’s normal business hours, like in the evenings or on the weekends—you’ll even get your new sticker, right then and there! I mean, it’s so convenient! Get your grocery shopping done and your vehicle registration renewed all in one place.

In the future, we are hoping to expand the DMV Now Self-Service Terminal options, allowing customers the ability to complete more of their DMV business needs, anytime.

New Year. New Laws.

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Happy New Year! Now that we have officially rang in 2018, it’s time to get to business. The start of a new year signifies a new start, a chance to make changes. For us, that means adhering to the new laws that go into effect this year. We want you to stay informed as some of these laws may affect you or your loved ones.

Applying for a Disabled Person Parking Placard or Plate for the first time? Starting January 1, 2018, you’re going to need additional documents that provide proof of full true name and birthdate to go with your application. Those requiring multiple placard replacements or in need of placard renewals will also be subject to a new process. See our website for more information on the new law affecting Disabled Person Placard and Plates.

Do you rideshare often? By law, your driver by hire cannot have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04 percent or more when transporting you or anyone else. Rideshare drivers will be subject to a suspended driver license and a mark on their record if caught with a higher than legal BAC.

Are you interested in learning more about the requirement of seat belts on buses, the new process of renewing vehicle registration for those with outstanding parking violations, or how the legalization of marijuana affects those driving or riding in motor vehicles? View the comprehensive list of the new laws going into effect 2018 on our website.

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

snowglobeI’m sure in preparation for the colder climate you’ve taken out your winter coats and thermals, but is your car ready to brave the cold?

​Did you know your car’s battery power and tire pressures drop as the temperature does? Have your battery inspected by auto stores (they’re usually free) and carry a pair of jumper cables with you, in case of emergency. Remember to inspect and inflate all tires (including your spare) once a month and before any road trips. Any tires that are looking bald need changing ASAP!

Making a trip up to the snow this winter? Stock your vehicle with a snow shovel, ice scraper, and flashlights. Keep a bag with blankets, phone chargers, water, and food, along with any other necessary items, in case you end up in the mountains longer than you initially planned on. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Remember to always drive cautiously, keep your gas tank close to full, and bring along properly fitting snow tire chains.

And be sure to check out NHTSA for more winter driving tips!

Driving Change–Starting With You

ComputerFrom one college graduate to another, life post-grad is two words: Plain-Awesome! No more mountains of homework. No more cramming all night for exams with lots of java (though, there may be some JAVA at work). No more ramen for days on end, maybe? And, I am sure you’ve started looking for a job, too—I mean, how else will we #adult?

You have probably thought a lot about where you want to work and likely applied for hundreds of jobs at this point, but have you ever thought about working for DMV’s Information Systems Division (ISD)? Our ISD has various journey levels, such as Associate Program Systems Analyst, Associate Programmer Analyst, or Assistant Information Systems Analyst, just to name a few, so you will have plenty of opportunities to gain valuable skills and promote within. “We have seen many of our analysts work hard and move upward to high-level manager and supervisor positions,” said Shannon Walling, ISD’s Chief of Staff of Administrative Services. “It is very possible!”

As one of our analysts, you will have the chance to work with various personalities, design testing scenarios, and implement programs, among many other assignments. You will have the opportunity to work on many exciting, challenging, yet rewarding projects that the public utilizes every day. One project in particular, the Responsive Website Redesign, has involved dozens of determined individuals, and has completely reformatted DMV’s website for a more enjoyable browsing experience. Because of this redesign, our website’s screens change fluidly, no matter the smartphone, tablet, or desktop screen size, and has revolutionized how customers view our website.

“Here at DMV, we work collectively and collaboratively to take a project from an idea and manifest it to a living product,” ISD’s Deputy Director, Rico Rubiono said. “We would love to have your energy, insight, and vision towards the future as we continue to further innovate and optimize DMV’s operations to improve customer experience.”

Find the right job for you, take and pass the exam, and apply to work for us! We are hoping you will soon join our Information Systems team at DMV. We are rooting for you, and cannot wait to drive change with you.

Check out the Information Technology Employment Opportunities at DMV.
Find out How to Apply for a State Job.

Wishing you the best,

Jennifer T.
Recent graduate and newest DMV employee