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    2014 2015

    Oregon Driver ManualDRIVER AND M OTOR

    VEHICLE SERVICES

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    Using your phone while driving distracts

    you from your most important focus: the

    road. Remember, in Oregon, using a

    hand-held mobile communication device

    to talk or text while driving is against the

    law. It can get you a ticket or worse.

    off the buttonsand have a nice day.

    OTHER SAFE

    DRIVING TIPS

    Dr ive Saf ely . Th e Wa y t o Go .Transportation Safety ODOT

    One call

    can wreckyour day.

    Nothing brings a quick end to a

    beach trip like a call or text gone bad.

    Follow posted speed l im its. Always drive sober. Stay alert dont drive drowsy.

    Wear your safety belt . Use proper child safety seats.

    Kids under 12 in the back seat.

    Share the road watch formotorcycles, bicyclists andpedestrians.

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    2014 2015

    OregonDriverManual

    Visit us at

    www.OregonDMV.com

    Published by

    Oregon Department of Transportation

    DRIVER AND MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICES

    1905 Lana Avenue N.E., Salem, Oregon 97314

    Graphics/Layout

    Front and back cover photos:

    North Fork Rogue River Bridge, Jackson Countyby Gary Leaming

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    This manual condenses and paraphrases selectedlanguage in the Oregon Revised Statutes. It alsoprovides safety advice not included in law. This manualis not a proper legal authority to cite and should not be

    relied upon in a court of law. Traffic regulations in cities,

    towns, counties, and federal territories may go beyond

    state laws, as long as they do not conflict with state law.

    Please check DMVs website www.OregonDMV.com

    for updates, office locations and hours, fees, and

    additional information.

    Address your thoughts regarding the contents of this manual

    to: Driver Programs, DMV, 1905 Lana Avenue NE, Salem,

    Oregon 97314.

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    The 2014-15 Oregon Driver Manualis an important tool for people preparing to apply for a driver

    license. It contains information about Oregon traffic laws, and is also helpful for current drivers to

    keep or reinstate their driving privileges.

    If youve had an Oregon driver license for many years, youll find many changes in traffic laws that

    you need to know. For example, Oregon has introduced roundabouts at intersections and flashing

    yellow arrows for left-turn lanes. You also may be unfamiliar with graduated licensing laws forteen drivers, or uncertain about when a turn is allowed at a red light. Its also important to know the

    maximum fine for using a mobile communication device is now $500!

    Driving is a privilege. This manual will help you earn and keep that privilege by demonstrating on

    a DMV knowledge test that you know traffic safety laws. Once earned, you keep that privilege by

    driving safely for the rest of your life. However, driving privileges may be suspended or revoked for

    unsafe driving habits.

    Use this manual to become a safe driver not just for your own protection but also for the

    safety of your passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and everyone else who shares

    Oregons roads with you.

    In addition to traffic safety, DMV is serious about protecting your personal information. One way

    we do that is by enforcing the states identification requirements. These requirements are there to

    protect you from identity theft. We recommend you check our website(OregonDMV.com) or call

    before visiting a DMV office to make sure that you bring all the required documents for an original,

    renewal, or replacement issuance of a driver license or ID card.

    Its also important that you update your address with DMV whenever you move within Oregon.

    In this way, you will receive renewal reminders and other important information about your

    driving privileges. The most convenient ways to update your address are by visiting our website

    (OregonDMV.com) or by mailing a downloadable form to our headquarters in Salem. Please

    note that filing a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service does not change your address

    with DMV.

    And if youre reading the Oregon Driver Manual online, thank you for enabling us to conserve

    resources and for becoming familiar with our website.

    Tom McClellan

    Oregon DMV Administrator

    Department of TransportationDMV Services

    1905 Lana Avenue NE

    Salem OR 97314

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    Table of Contents

    Section 1 - Driving in Oregon ........................................................1

    Fee Schedule ...............................................................................1

    Driving Privileges and Identification Cards ................................2

    How to Apply ..............................................................................5

    Examinations.............................................................................11Section 2 - Highway Signs, Signals, and Markings ....................15

    Signs ..........................................................................................15

    Regulatory Signs - Prohibitive ..................................................16

    Regulatory Signs - Other ..........................................................16

    Warning Signs ...........................................................................18

    Work Zone Signs .......................................................................20 School Speed Zone Signs..........................................................21

    Railroad Crossing Signs and Signals ........................................22

    Route, Guide, and Information Signs .......................................22

    Safety Corridors ........................................................................23

    Historic, Cultural, and Recreational Signs ................................23

    Motorist Service Signs ..............................................................23 Traffic Signals ...........................................................................24

    Pavement Markings ..................................................................26

    Railroad Crossings ....................................................................31

    Section 3 - Rules of the Road .......................................................33

    Speed Regulations .....................................................................33

    Lane Travel ...............................................................................37 Driver Signals and Turns ..........................................................38

    Roundabouts .............................................................................41

    Yielding Right of Way ..............................................................43

    Overtaking and Passing.............................................................44

    Stopping, Standing, and Parking ...............................................47

    Additional Rules of the Road ....................................................50

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    Section 4 - Defensive Driving .......................................................55

    Intersections ..............................................................................55

    The Drivers Role......................................................................56

    Drivers View ............................................................................58

    Communicating with Other Drivers ..........................................61

    Avoiding Collisions ..................................................................62

    Freeway Driving .......................................................................64

    Night and Bad Weather Driving ................................................66

    Safety Belts, Passengers, and Inside Distractions .....................70

    Dealing with Emergencies ........................................................74

    Section 5 - Sharing the Road ........................................................79 Pedestrians ................................................................................79

    Bicycles .....................................................................................82

    Motorcycles and Mopeds ..........................................................85

    Recreational Vehicles ................................................................86

    Large Vehicles and Trailers .......................................................88

    Trucks and Buses ..........................................................