Tuesday Aug 07 2012
Tips to avoid being a distracted driver
By: George Valverde – Director, California Department of Motor Vehicles
“Ask George” Expert Answers to Common DMV Questions
Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: I sometimes find myself distracted with other things such as changing the radio station, adjusting the air conditioning temperature and sometimes talking on my cell phone. Can you give me some tips on how I can avoid being a distracted driver? A:It is important to keep these tasks to a minimum and to try to avoid being distracted. Drivers who are not focused on the road are more likely to be involved in a collision. By law, you should never talk or text on your cell phone while driving. Eating while driving, or adjusting electronic devices is considered distracted driving. For more information on safety tips and how to avoid distracted driving, please visit www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: I’ve had my motorcycle license for a year now and I’ve noticed other motorcycle riders have their high beams on during the day. Is that normal? A: Having your high beams on while riding is a great way for motorcyclists to always be seen. Studies show that during the day, a motorcycle with its light on is twice as likely to be noticed. Using your high beam during the day and at night increases the chances that oncoming drivers will see you, however, only use your high beam if it is legal and safe to do so. For example, when it is foggy and difficult to see straight ahead, use the low beam. For more information on motorcycle safety go online at www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: I’m 18-years-old and have diabetes. I am about to get my driver license and I wanted to know if I need to let the DMV know about my condition? A: Yes, you will need to let the DMV know that you have diabetes however that does not mean your license will be automatically denied. When you fill out the Driver License or Identification Card application (DL 44), you will need to indicate whether you have diabetes or not by checking the “yes” box in section 5 question c. Once you fill out the form, a DMV field office technician will ask you to briefly explain your medical condition and determine if further review is necessary. If your condition requires it, you will be referred to the Driver Safety Branch where your application will be reviewed; if it is determined that your medical condition does not affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicleno further information is necessary. If additional information is necessary to determine if your medical condition affects your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, you will be sent a Notice of Reexamination and a Driver Medical Evaluation form (DS 2326) which must be completed by your physician. Based on the information provided by the physician the Driver Safety Branch will make a determination. If your medical condition does not affect your driving ability you will be instructed to complete your application; if your condition does affect your ability you might be required to have a restricted license or placed on medical probation. The last option will be to suspend or revoke your driving privilege. For more information regarding diabetes and driving please visit www.DMV.ca.gov. The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Acting Undersecretary Traci Stevens. The DMV licenses drivers, maintains driving records, registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels, investigates auto and identity-related fraud, and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. For more information about the DMV, visit www.DMV.ca.gov.