Getting Around 2017-12-16T08:33:49-08:00

Getting Around

Everything in California is connected via freeway. To get from point A to point B, you will most likely have to get on a freeway. Freeways are usually named by numbers. For example, the 5 freeway or the 8 freeway. Usually the odd numbered freeways run north to south or south to north. The even numbered freeways run east to west or west to east. On a typical freeway, the exits are a mile to two miles apart. To exit a freeway, be sure you are on the right lane. Although you must drive within the speed limit, usually faster cars drive on the left lane and slower cars drive on the right lanes.

Transportation & Driving License

Los Angeles is a huge and sprawling city designed and built for automobiles but that is changing rapidly. Public transportation and other travel options are becoming more convenient and available as a complex network and along most major transportation corridors with connections to tourist destinations, airports, major commercial destinations, urban core, and dense areas near downtowns and city centers. You can occasionally rent a bicycle or simply walk to your destinations. You can plan your trip by combining walking, biking, and public transportation (like shuttles, buses, and light or heavy rail). Electrical bicycles and small electric cars are becoming popular and offer new and affordable means for mobility. You can use taxi services, car-sharing, or transportation network company services like Uber or Lyft. In general, suburbs within San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties are best traveled by personal vehicle but all major towns offer transit services, including specialized services to individuals with physical disabilities.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is part of the California State Transportation Agency. The DMV issues driver’s licenses and identification cards for people that cannot get a license. After you arrive in the U.S., you are advised to apply for a driver’s license. It is not legal to drive without a valid driver license. Every state in U.S. has different rules and regulations for motor vehicles. This article focuses on the California State DMV procedure.

How to get a Driving license?

There are two steps involved for getting a driver license:
• Written test.
• Behind the wheel test or also known asa road test.
The written test is a test of traffic laws, road signs, and driving safety rules. You will get a book (driver’s handbook) to study for this exam. The exam is a multiple choice exam.

What is the procedure?

Age Requirements

• 15 1/2 years old: Must take driver’s education to get a learner’s permit.
• 16 years old: Eligible for a provisional license (with completion of driver’s education).
• 17 1/2 years old: Allowed to apply for a provisional permit without taking driver’s education.
• 18 years old and older: Allowed to apply for a driver’s license without getting a learner’s permit.

If you are involved in an accident with another car, remain calm. Give the other driver your name, license number and the name of the insurance company. Ask the same in return from him or her. Call the police to report the accident, and stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrives. If possible, take pictures and write down names and contacts of witnesses if any. Do not discuss or offer concession or agreement about whose fault caused the accident. Let the police and insurance companies deal with with the accident or incident.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro);;

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTC);;

San Bernardino County Public Transit (Omnitrans);;

Riverside Transit Agency;;

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Amtrak California;