You study a drivers' handbook to take the driver's license test,
but consider using it another way. Use it as a source of information to
periodically remind you of the driving laws and highway safety. I'll
concentrate on Florida's laws today.
First, who is required to have a Florida license? You are if you are a
Florida resident or moved to Florida from another state. In the latter
case, you have 30 days to get a Florida license after you become a resident.
So what does "resident" mean? The definition is trickier than
You're a resident if you enroll your children in public school, register
to vote, file for a homestead exemption, accept employment, or live here
for more than 6 consecutive months. Major exceptions exist for members
of the armed forces and their families (although there are exceptions
to that) and non-residents who attend school in Florida.
Those laws are pretty mundane, so let's consider some laws and ideas
that can help you avoid a wreck, an expensive traffic ticket, or jail.
One thing that's covered in the driving manual involves passing. Passing
on the right on a two-lane road, typically signifying that you're
passing on the shoulder, is illegal. Why? Presumably the car you're
passing has slowed or stopped to turn left. If that driver decides to
cancel that left turn and proceeds straight ahead or turns right, you
are likely to wreck. Instead of passing on the right, have patience. Stop
Our Florida driver's manual has other important sections dealing with
vehicle control. It may be comfortable to steer with one hand or a wrist
thrown over the steering wheel, but if you hit a pot hole or have to swerve,
control can be lost. The manual also reminds us that all kids five and
younger must wear an approved restraint while riding in a vehicle. The
number one killer of young children in the United States is wrecks in
which children were completely unrestrained. Be safe.