Review Your Driving Knowledge by Checking Your State's Driving Manual
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 it sounds.
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 if necessary.
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.