Using CheatSheets To Apply Best Practices

Cheatsheet: Driver License Written Test

Cheatsheet: Driver License Written Test

1.1 Free Driver License Written Tests

Name Comment
Traffic control Link: Traffic Controls
Sample Class C Written Tests from DMV Test1, Test2, Test3, Test4, Test5
FREE DMV Practice Test for California Link:
Reference Link: DMV Homepage – California, PDF: California Driver Handbook

1.2 Child

Name Summary
Need a child passenger restraint system Younger than 8 years; Or no more than 4 feet 9 inches
Airbags may pose a severe safety risk for children Children age 12 or under should sit in the back seat of a vehicle with airbags

1.3 Abnormal Weather/Conditions

Name Summary
In rainy weather, slow down Drive fast may cause tires lose contact with the surface of the road
On freezing, wet days Bridges and overpasses tend to freeze before the rest of the road
Roadways are the most slippery during the first rain oil and dust on the road have not previously been washed away.
Hit an animal Call the humane society. You should not leave it to die or try to move it
If your wheels drop off the roadway or pavement edge Wait until it is safe to do so, then gradually turn back
Use low beams when in fog, rain or snow High beam will reflect back, which makes you hard to see ahead
When being tailgated, create extra space Slow down gradually prevents a collision with the tailgater.

1.4 Distance

Name Summary
Drive close to cicyclist You must ensure there is more than 3 feet width for cyclist
Park near railroad track You must not park within 7.5 feet of a railroad track
Park near fire hydrant You can’t part within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
Enter school zones Within 500-1000 feet of a school, the speed limit is 25 mph while children are outside
Turn a corner You should signal for at least 100 feet.
Follow emergency vehcile You must not follow within 400 feet of any emergency vehcile with a siren or flashing lights
Use center lane While driving in a center left-turn lane, you may only drive for 200 feet.
Park on a level street The front and back wheels must be parallel with and within 18 inches of the curb


1.5 Fining

Name Summary
The fine of litering $1,000, in addition, you may be required to pick up what littered
Abuse of a disabled placard or plate a fine of up to $1,000, and up to six months of jail time
Fines in a construction zone Fines for traffic violations are doubled

1.6 Traffic Control

Name Summary
Traffic lights not working You need to come to a complete stop first
A flashing red traffic signal Treat like a STOP sign. stop, yield and only proceed when it’s safe
A flashing yellow traffic signal No need to stop, but slow down and alerted before entering intersection
Diamond-shaped sign Many warning signs are diamond-shaped
Orange-colored signs indicate construction areas
Orange, diamond-shaped signs It usually mark construction, maintenance, survey, and utility work areas
Yellow lines Separate lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions.
A white rectangular sign indicate that you must obey important rules.
Pennant-shaped yellow signs indicate a no passing zone


1.7 Time

Name Summary
Change lanes on freeway You should signal for at least 5 seconds
Tailgating To avoid tailgating, leave 3 second of space between you and the vehicle in front of you
Make changes To avoid last-minute moves, look down the road 10-15 seconds

1.8 Colored curbs

Name Summary
White curb Stop only long enough to pick up or drop off passengers or mail.
Green Park for a limited time. Look for a posted sign next to the green zone for time limits.
Yellow Stop no longer than the time posted to load or unload passengers or freight.
Red No stopping, standing, or parking. (Buses may stop at a red zone marked for buses.)
Blue Parking for disabled people only

1.9 Steering

Name Summary
Hand-over-hand steering used when turning at low speeds, parking or recovering from a skid
One-hand steering You can use when you’re backing up without much turning
Three-point turn standard method of turning vehicles around to face the opposite direction in a limited space




1.10 Terminology

Name Summary
California “Basic Speed Law” You must never driver faster than what is safe in current conditions
California Move Over law All vehicles to vacate the lane closest to an emergency vehicle
Skid automobiles slip relative to the road Link: wikipedia
BAC Blood alcohol concentration
A nighttime reflector It shows where the road lies
Turnout area You may pull to the side in these areas and allow cars behind you to pass. Link
DUI probation  
NEV neighborhood electric vehicles
LSV Low speed vehicles
HOV lane (High-Occupancy Vehicle) Designed for buses, motorcycles, certain low-emission vehicles and 2+ passengers
Use horn You may tap horn to try to make eye contact with another driver

1.11 Pictures








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