Latest Driving & DMV Information Jan 2015

Is Technology an Evil Villain or Hero for Drivers?

by Lisa on Jan 30, 2015.
Distracted driving has become public enemy number one. Most states have now approved legislation to limit the use of cell phones. But, while cell phones may have brought the issue of distracted driving to the forefront, it’s hardly the only culprit. What is Distracted Driving? For years and years, the driver’s manuals published by state DMV’s referred to distracted driving as not paying attention to the road. Situations referenced included changing the radio station, listening to music wit... Read More

AB 60 Latest & Greatest: Californians Experience Long Lines

by Lisa on Jan 19, 2015.
Filed under: California
AB 60 Updates in California continue to roll in. The most worrisome finding? Long lines. Roxanna Kopetman reported for The OC Register that the DMV is a madhouse, and even those with appointments have long waits. Here are some important things to remember: As of December 1, 2014, all first-time drivers applicants MUST have an appointment. If you can handle your DMV matter online, you are STRONGLY encouraged to do so. Vehicle registrations and renewals are examples of matters that don’... Read More

Volvo or Tank? How To Protect Your Teen Driver

by Lisa on Jan 15, 2015.
Filed under: Learner's Permit
One of the scariest thoughts to me is seeing one of my two daughters driving away in a car. At ages 5 and 7, I have a while before that day comes. I often say to my husband “just so you know, they are either going to be driving a Volvo or a tank.” Those two girls mean everything to me. With that thought in mind, I decided to do a little research on what folks are doing these days to prepare their children for the biggest responsibility they have ever faced. My father used to tell me that ... Read More

Bottom Line: Immigrant Drivers Need To Study

by Lisa on Jan 09, 2015.
Filed under: California
This week marks the first full week that noncitizens can apply for a California driver’s license. The California DMV released initial numbers on January 6 and pass rates are not looking good. As of Tuesday, January 6: Pass/Fail Statewide Average for English Tests: 54% Pass/46% Fail Pass/Fail Statewide Average for Spanish Tests: 36% Pass/64% Fail What should drivers be doing to study for the test? 1. Get the California Driver’s Handbook In Your Language The manual for the drivers test is ... Read More

Astounding Number of Immigrants Hurry To Get CA Licenses

by Lisa on Jan 08, 2015.
Filed under: California
Effective January 2, 2015, California started issuing drivers licenses to residents that are not US citizens. As predicted, lines started forming at DMV’s early Friday morning. California has an estimated 2.4 million undocumented residents that are not yet US citizens. The implementation of Assembly Bill 60 has both insurance companies and state legislators applauding because it means more drivers on the road will have been tested on the driving laws. Many believe this simple change will ... Read More


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