California DMV Driving Rules

If you're thinking to take a trip to Los Angeles or LAX with some family or friends, then you will need to rent  or hire a 12 & 15 seat passenger van in LAX Van Rentals.  International licenses and driver’s licenses issued in your state or country is acceptable in California as long as it's valid where it was issued and you don't need to register with the DMV.  However you need to know how to drive a passenger van and what are California's road rules and driving laws.
California's driving rules and road regulation are summarized in The California Driver's Handbook, and also accessible in booklet form from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (the DMV) at any DMV office or the head office in Southern California.

Since the renter may need to study The California Driver's Handbook , we put one hard copy of the handbook in each passenger van. Just check the glove compartment of your rented vehicle and you will find it.

There are a few points that we would like to mention:

Please do not drive over speed limit or 65 miles per hour, whichever is lower.

  • Carpool or Multiple Occupancy Lanes: Carpool lane is a restricted traffic lane for exclusive use of vehicles with a driver and one or more passengers. So if you rent a passenger van with at least 2 or 3 occupants you can use carpool lanes.
  • The Toll Roads (pay to drive): Main public roads in California are free however there are some roads and bridges that you should pay tolls. Some toll roads can be avoided by driving other routes. To avoid paying fees or fines carry US$ to pay toll if they do not accept credit cards.
    Set up alternative payment options electronically if using the cashless, fully automated toll freeways, bridges and "FasTrak Only" express lanes listed below.

    As of 2014, the following toll roads are fully automated and do not accept cash payments:
    • San Francisco Bay Area: Golden Gate Bridge (south-bound)
    • Southern California: SR 73, 133, 241 & 261 (Orange County), SR 125 (San Diego County - exact change or credit card OK),
    • Select Freeways: Well-marked Express or High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes with "FasTrak" required signs and toll bridges that accept cash payments but may have "FasTrak Only" lanes with shorter lines.
    In general, visitors with cash can use ALL California highways without worrying about fees or fines except for the specific automated toll roads listed above. Visitors who do not have a FasTrak account should avoid using the "FasTrak Only" lanes and use the "Cash", "Fastrak/Cash combo lanes" or unmarked lanes instead.

  • Driving under the influence(DUI) is the act of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the degree that mental and driving skills are impaired. Drunken driving with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit a criminal offense in most nations as well as USA. In California depending on your age, any previous convictions and license type you could face license suspension (30 days to 12 months), major fines ($1400 to $2600), community service, jail (4 days to 6 months), DUI school and more. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test upon being pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving you may face additional license suspension, penalties and fines.
  • Seat Belt: The driver and all passengers must wear seat belt. If the passenger is under 16 years of age, the driver may be cited if the passenger is not wearing the seat belt. Childeren under the age of eight years and who is less than 4 feet 9 inches tall, should be secured in approved child passenger restraint system, and ride in the back seat of a vehicle.
  • School bus: School bus are special yellow buses clearly marked "School Bus". The most basic law is on a two-lane road you must stop in both directions for a school bus with its red lights flashing and/or stop sign out, and remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing. The fine for passing a public school bus with its lights flashing is $394. When passing through a school zone there are signs that list a decreased speed limit and say when "children are present.  
  • Pedestrian: Approximately 22 percent of all traffic fatalities belongs to pedestrian deaths. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks. Drive carefully once pedestrians are near because they may unexpectedly cross your path.
  • Metering light: is a basic traffic light (red and green only, no yellow) that regulates the flow of traffic entering freeways depends on traffic conditions. It is the use of traffic signals at freeway often at the side of the ramp at driver level; when they're in use (usually during commute rush hours) to manage the rate of vehicles entering the freeway.

For more information please visit DMV website and also check California's driving rules and road regulation that are summarized in The California Driver's Handbook. You will find this booklet in your rental car glove box.