Wisconsin Department of Transportation Motorists’ Handbook

This manual gives you information on driving rules and practices to help you become a safe driver of a car or light truck (Class D license). If you want a license to drive a commercial motor vehicle (heavy truck, bus, Class A, B, or C), you need to read the Commercial Driver License (CDL) Manual.

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Motorists\’ Handbook
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

THE DRIVER LICENSE…1
RULES FOR DRIVING ROUNDABOUTS…20
Requirements…1
General Information for All Roundabouts…20
Carrying the Driver License, and License Replacement…2
Truck Apron…20
Out of State Transfers…2
Steps for Driving a Roundabout…20
Emergency Vehicle in the Roundabout…20
THE INSTRUCTION PERMIT…2
Driving a One-Lane Roundabout…20
Restrictions of the Instruction Permit…3
Driving a Roundabout with Two or More Lanes… 21
THE PROBATIONARY LICENSE…3
GENERAL RULES ABOUT TRAFFIC LANES…22
Restrictions of the Probationary License…4
The Skills Test…4
TURNING…22
U-Turn… 24
KEEPING THE DRIVER LICENSE…5
Y-Turn… 24
Point System…5
How to Make a Y-Turn… 24
Habitual Off ender…5
Occupational License…6
RIGHTOF WAY…25
Reinstating a Revoked or Suspended License…6
Intersections…25
Passing…25
DRIVER LICENSE RENEWAL…6
Pedestrians…25
Left Turns…25
MOTOR VEHICLE LIABILITY
Emergency Vehicles…26
INSURANCE REQUIREMENT…6
Move Over Law…26
BEFORE YOU DRIVE…7
Animals…26
Plan Ahead… Save Fuel…7
Funeral Processions…26
Check the Vehicle…7
SCHOOL BUSES…27
Clean Glass Surfaces…9
Adjust Seat and Mirrors…9
PARKING…27
Use Safety Belts and Child Restraints…9
How to Park on a Hill…28
Do Not Park…28
RULES OF THE ROAD…12
How to Parallel Park…28
Traffic Control Devices… 12
SAFE DRIVING TIPS…29
TRAFFIC SIGNALS…12
Basic Driving…29
TRAFFIC SIGNS…13
Starting…29
Accelerating…29
PAVEMENT MARKINGS…17
Steering…29
Shared Center Lane…18
Stopping…29
OTHER LANE CONTROLS…18
SPEED LIMITS…30
Reversible Lanes…18
Reserved Lanes…18
SEEING WELL…30
Scanning… 31
METERED RAMPS…19
Watch Out for Deer…32
Metered Ramps… 19
Use Your Lights…34
How to Use a Ramp Meter… 19
COMMUNICATING…35
EMERGENCIES…53
Letting Others Know You Are There…35
Vehicle Emergencies…53
Letting Others Know What You Are Doing…37
Brake Failure…54
Tire Blowout…54
ADJUSTING SPEED…38
Power Failure…54
Adjusting To Road Conditions…38
Headlight Failure…54
If at all possible, do not drive when the roads are icy…38
Gas Pedal Sticks…54
Leaving Your Vehicle on the Roadside…54
WINTER DRIVING…39
Avoiding Collisions…54
Winter Driving Safety Tips…39
Stopping Quickly… 55
Turning Quickly… 55
ADJUSTING TO TRAFFIC… 40
Speeding Up… 55
HOW WELL CAN YOU SEE…41
Dealing With Skids… 55
Here are some things that limit how well you can
Protect Yourself In Collisions…56
see and tips you can follow to be a safer driver…42
Hit From the Rear…56
Hit From the Side…56
CUSHION OF SPACE…43
Hit From the Front…56
Space Ahead…43
Space Behind…44
CRASHES…56
Space to the Side…44
If You Are In A Crash…57
Space to Merge…45
If Someone is Injured…57
Space to Cross or Enter…45
Report the Accident…57
Space to Pass…46
Space for Dangerous Situations…47
WHAT TO DO…58
Farm Safety/Rural Driving…48
What to Do in Case of a Crash, Stalled Vehicle or Other Emergency…58
INATTENTIVE DRIVING… 48
What to Do If You Hit a Deer…58
Distractions While Driving…48
STUDY QUESTIONS…59
BE IN SHAPE TO DRIVE…49
INDEX… 60
Vision And Hearing…49
Vision…49
Hearing…50
Fatigue…50
DRINKING AND DRIVING…51
Alcohol Content… 51
Why is Drinking and Driving So Dangerous?… 51
If You Drink, When Can You Drive?… 51
Wisconsin\’s Alcohol Laws…52
OTHERS DRUGS AND DRIVING…52
HEALTH…53
Emotions…53

Download Wisconsin Department of Transportation Motorists' Handbook pdf from www.dot.wi.gov, 72 pages, 1293.54KB.
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