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The California DMV Driver Handbook
Some vehicles are not designed to keep
up with the speed of traffic. Look for these vehicles
and adjust your speed before you reach them.
Farm tractors, animal-drawn carts,
and road maintenance vehicles usually travel 25 mph
or less. Slow moving vehicles have an orange triangle
on the back. It looks like this sign.
Also, be aware that large trucks and small, underpowered cars lose speed on long or steep hills and they take longer to get up to speed when entering traffic.
Certain other types of slow moving
motorized vehicles (such as wheelchairs, scooters and
golf carts) may legally operate on public roads. Adjust
your speed accordingly.
Horse-drawn vehicles and riders of
horses or other animals are entitled to share the road
with you. It is a traffic offense to scare horses or
stampede livestock. Slow down or stop, if necessary,
and when requested to do so by the riders or herders.
Motorcyclists have the same rights
and responsibilities as automobile drivers. While everyone
must follow the same traffic laws, motorcyclists face
unusual dangers because motorcycles are hard to see
and require exceptional handling ability. Because they
are hard to see, many motorcycles keep their headlight
on, even during daylight hours.
Here is what you can do to share the
road safely with motorcyclists:
- When you change lanes or enter a major thoroughfare,
make a visual check for motorcycles. Also use your
mirrors. Motorcycles are small and they can tuck easily
into a vehicles blind spot.
- Allow a four-second following distance to allow
you time to avoid hitting the motorcyclist if he or
- Allow the motorcycle a full lane width. Although
it is not illegal to share lanes with motorcycles,
it is unsafe.
- When you make a turn, check for motorcyclists and
know their speed before turning.
- Remember that road conditions which are minor annoyances
to you pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Potholes,
gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams,
railroad crossings, and grooved pavement can cause
motorcyclists to change speed or direction suddenly.
If you are aware of the effect of these conditions
and drive with care and attention, you can help reduce
motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Bicycle riders (cyclists) on public
streets have the same rights and responsibilities as
automobile drivers. Cyclists are part of the normal
traffic flow and are entitled to share the road with
other drivers. Here are some critical points for drivers
and cyclists to remember:
- Cyclists must ride in the same direction as
other traffic, not against it. They should normally
ride in a straight line as near to the right
curb or edge of the roadway as practical. Not
on the sidewalk. Cyclists can legally move left
to turn left, to pass a parked or moving vehicle,
another bicycle, an animal, or to make a turn,
avoid debris, or other hazards. They may also
choose to ride near the left curb or edge of
a one-way street.
- Cyclists make left and right turns in the same way
that drivers do, using the same turn lanes. Cyclists
can use a left turn lane. If the cyclist is traveling
straight ahead, he or she should use a through traffic
lane rather than ride next to the curb and block traffic
making right turns.
- Drivers should look carefully for cyclists before
opening doors next to moving traffic or before
turning right. Merge safely toward the curb or
into the bike lane. Do not overtake a cyclist just
before making a right turn. Merge first, then turn.
- In some cases, cyclists are lawfully permitted to
ride on certain sections of freeways. Be careful when
approaching or passing a cyclist on a freeway.
- Drivers must be careful when driving close to cyclists.
Drivers should allow a minimum of three feet of space
between the vehicle and bicycle when passing.
- Before passing a cyclist in a narrow traffic
lane, wait until the traffic is clear in the opposite
lane and then change lanes to pass the cyclist. Do
not attempt to squeeze past the cyclist. (See pictures)
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