Driver License Manual

Driver License Handbook

The purpose of this manual is to educate the reader to help avoid crashes while safely operating a automobile. Choose your state's driver's handbooks and DMV manuals.


Motorcycle Operator Manual

Driver License Handbook

The purpose of this manual is to educate the reader to help avoid crashes while safely operating a motorcycle. For this edition, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has updated and expanded the content of the original manual.


Driver License Handbook

As you prepare to get your drivers license, there’s simply no better resource than your state’s drivers handbook. It contains information on traffic laws in your state, as well as helpful driving tips that you should be practiced when you get behind the wheel. Updated regularly, your drivers handbook will be useful to you for the rest of your driving career. And, spoiler alert: even after you’ve been driving for a while, you’re still going to have questions about road rules, no matter how comprehensive your drivers ed course was.

Because the drivers handbook is such an important document, you have a few options when it comes to getting your hands on one. The easiest way is to navigate to your state’s drivers licensing agency’s website and view the handbook online. You can also download it so you have your own copy, or you can pick up a physical copy when you’re at your licensing agency’s office.

What’s in the Drivers Handbook?

The real question is, “What’s not in the drivers handbook?” Because it is issued by the licensing agency in your state, the drivers handbook is the official source of driving information for motorists. It details how to get a drivers license, important road rules like right-of-way, tips for handling emergencies, and so much more.

Some of the specific topics it covers include:

  • Seat belts
  • Traffic signs
  • Parallel parking
  • Sharing the road
  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on driving.
  • Rules of the road in your state.
  • Safety tips.
  • Reading traffic signs and signals.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI, DWI, OWI, etc.).
  • Your state's driving manual will most likely cover additional topics such as:

  • Driver's license application procedures.
  • Handling emergency situations.
  • Changing your name or address.
  • Non-resident driving issues.
  • Motorcycle Handbook

    If you want to ride a motorcycle, you'll need to read the Motorcycle Manual provided by your state's DMV office. As a motorcycle rider, you will have different traffic safety laws to follow, and the motorcycle license application process will likely be different to obtaining a regular driver's license.

    Join the thousands of other motorcyclists this year and get your motorcycling license. This article will outline the steps you need to take in order to be a safe, responsible rider.

    Licensing Requirements

    According to Utah traffic laws, anyone who wants to operate a motorcycle on public roadways or highways requires a valid driver license with the motorcycle endorsement. Applicants may be issued temporary learner permits if they:

  • Are at least 16 years of age
  • Have a valid Class D or Commercial Driver License
  • Pass the vision test
  • Pass the motorcycle written test
  • Learner permits are valid for six months. Any applicant younger than 19 must have the learner permit for two months, or complete the BRC (Beginning Rider Course).
  • Skills Test

    After practicing with the learner permit, applicants may decide to take the motorcycle skills test, which is the next step to getting the full endorsement. This practical test is made up of four parts:

  • Cone weave, normal stop
  • Turn from a stop, U-turn
  • Quick stop
  • Obstacle stop
  • Collision Avoidance
  • According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, the following are the top five reasons for motorcycle crashes on state highways:

  • Speed was too high
  • Followed another vehicle too closely
  • Swerved or took some evasive action
  • Failed to remain in the proper lane
  • Ran off the road
  • It’s no exaggeration that motorcycling is a dangerous activity. However, with awareness of good collision avoidance techniques, you can help make the road a safer place to be.

    Always Stay Up-to-Date

    Laws are reactionary, as we’ve all seen with the advent of texting and driving laws. In our modern world, technology is going to continue to have an impact on driving, and that’s going to affect traffic laws. With our online resource, you’ll always have access to your state’s drivers handbook, which means you’ll be able to see the latest changes when they go into effect. You’ll always be up-to-date, and if that means avoiding traffic tickets and other hassles, it’s a huge benefit to you. If you’re still using your beat-up copy of your drivers handbook from back when you took drivers ed, you may be getting outdated information.

    Be the Best Driver That You Can Be

    Staying informed is one of the best ways to ensure that you are a safe driver out on the road. While reading about driving rules is not the same thing as following them when you’re behind the wheel, you’ll be a lot better off if you have a thorough understanding of safe-driving practices. This knowledge will help prevent you from getting traffic tickets and being involved in car accidents, which means you’ll also enjoy a lower car insurance rate. What could be better than that? So even if you’ve already got your drivers license, be sure you’re regularly brushing up on your driving safety information. You-and other drivers on the road-will be glad you did.