Rules of the Road

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Dannel P. Malloy
Governor

Melody A. Currey
Commissioner

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Driver’s
Manual
State of Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles

An Important Message from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and
Commissioner Melody A. Currey
Connecticut takes pride in its highway safety initiatives and efforts to make the roads safer for all who use them. This work involves driver licensing and ensuring that new and renewing drivers are aware of safety’s critical role when behind the wheel. For the state’s youngest drivers, obtaining your license is a time of joy and freedom, but it comes with great responsibility. Two years ago Connecticut imposed tougher teen driving laws for 16and 17-year-old drivers. These laws, along with stiffer penalties, were put into place to keep you safe on the road as you learn and become a more experienced driver. It takes time and practice. We hope you understand that the laws and penalties are in place to help reduce crashes, injuries and deaths.

We want to remind all license holders that driving is a privilege and not a right. Connecticut has specific laws, such as speeding, driving too fast for conditions, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and others that aim to protect all people on the road whether vehicle drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Distracted driving, including the use of phones while driving, has been noted as a contributing factor in many serious accidents. We urge all drivers to remain focused on the task at hand – operating the motor vehicle safely when under your control.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Driving is a constant learning experience and it takes complete concentration at all times. Connecticut will be a safer place for all to drive if everyone drives more carefully. Both new drivers and experienced drivers will find many useful tips and explanations in this manual to accomplish that task.

We ask that you do your part to ensure safety on the road. Remember, please buckle up. Seatbelts save lives. Let’s make Connecticut’s roads a safer place for all. Sincerely,
Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Commissioner Melody A. Currey

Commissioner
Melody A. Currey

Compiled by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, with the assistance of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

This manual attempts to provide a general familiarity with the principles of safe and lawful operation of a motor vehicle. The manualʼs contents are not a precise statement of the Connecticut General Statutes pertaining to the operation of a motor vehicle. Please use the most recent edition of the General Statutes for finding the specific wording in a law. William K. Seymour

Editor
Ernest J. Bertothy
Assistant Editor
Corporate and Public Relations

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles

R e v i s January 0 012
Revised e d 2 2 0 8

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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: OBTAINING A CONNECTICUT DRIVER'S LICENSE
Obtaining a Learner's Permit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Managing your Teens' Driving Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 First Time Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Driver Education Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Steps to Obtaining Your Driver’s License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Preparing for Your Driver ʼs Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Knowledge Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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