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5 Laws You Should Know as a California Driver

As a California driver, it is important to be aware of the laws that govern the roads. In this blog post, we will discuss five of the most important driving laws in our state.

Keep in mind that these are just a few of the many laws that you need to obey while driving. If you are ever unsure about what the law says, please consult an attorney or visit your local DMV office. Let's get started!

#1 - Motorcycle Lane Splitting Is Legal

Motorcycle lane splitting is legal in certain circumstances. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle rider drives between two lanes of traffic, usually at a faster speed than the vehicles around them.

This can be dangerous if not done correctly, but it is often necessary in order to avoid being rear-ended by another vehicle. If you are going to split lanes on your motorcycle, be sure to do so safely and only when there is plenty of space between the vehicles.

#2 - Seatbelts Are Always Required

Next, we have the law that requires all drivers and passengers to wear a seatbelt at all times. This includes both the driver and front passenger, as well as any passengers in the backseat. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay safe while driving, so make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up before hitting the road.

#3 - Using a Mobile Device While Driving Is Unlawful

Another important law to be aware of is that using a mobile device while driving is unlawful. This means no texting, emailing, web browsing, or social media scrolling. If you want to use your phone while driving, you'll need to pull over to a safe location first. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as if you are using a hands-free device or if you are calling 911 in an emergency situation. However, it is generally best to avoid using your phone altogether while behind the wheel.

#4 - Right-of-Way Must Be Given to Pedestrians

This next law is one that all drivers should be familiar with, but it bears repeating, nonetheless: when pedestrians are crossing the street at a marked crosswalk or intersection, drivers must yield the right-of-way.

This means coming to a complete stop and waiting for the pedestrian to finish crossing before proceeding. Failing to yield the right-of-way can result in a traffic citation at minimum and injury or worse to the pedestrian, so make sure you always give pedestrians the time and space they need to cross the street safely.

#5 - You Must Stop for School Buses

The final law we will discuss pertains to school buses. When a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing, all drivers in both directions must come to a complete stop.

This law applies even if there is no crosswalk or intersection present. You must remain stopped until the bus turns off its red lights and begins moving again. Failing to obey this law can result in a traffic citation as well as points on your driving record, and puts innocent children at risk of serious injury

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