Driving Safely

Use these tips to keep yourself and your family safe while driving.

Stay Safe on the Road

Stay safe on the road. Learn about the dangers of drowsy, drunk and distracted driving, the importance of child car seats, and tips for keeping teens and older drivers safe.

Drowsy Driving

Texting and Distracted Driving  

  • Learn about the dangers of texting behind the wheel and other forms of distracted driving.
  • Most states have banned texting while driving. Know the texting and hand-held cell phone laws in your state.
  • Find statistics and tips for parents to keep teen drivers safe from distractions behind the wheel.

Drunk Driving

Teen Driving

  • Learn about graduated driver licensing laws, which gives young drivers more time to learn the complex skills of driving.
  • Parental involvement—like setting ground rules and modeling safe driving—is key for molding your teen into a safe, responsible driver.

Older Drivers

  • Find out about risks on the road with older drivers and learn steps you can take to protect yourself or someone you care about.
  • Learn about health issues that can impact older drivers and how to recognize when it may be time to give up driving.

Child Car Seats

Children, age birth-13, must be in a car seat:


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Driving During Severe Weather

Winter snow and ice, summer heat, and spring floods pose serious driving risks. Knowledge and preparedness for each situation will help keep you safe on the road: 

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Commercial Driver's Licenses

If you want to get a commercial driver's license (CDL), contact your state motor vehicle agency. More information about commercial driver's licenses may be available from your state or regional Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) office or local commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driving school. 

Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 to ensure that drivers of commercial motor vehicles are qualified to operate those vehicles. States have the right to issue a driver's license, but they must meet minimum national standards when issuing a commercial driver's license. The Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Program places requirements on the commercial motor vehicle driver, the employing motor carrier, and the states.

States are required to issue a commercial driver's license to drivers with specific license classifications based on the type of vehicle. Drivers who operate special types of commercial motor vehicles need to pass additional tests. While the FMCSA sets the federal standards that states must meet, it is your state that determines the:

  • Application process
  • License fee
  • License renewal cycle
  • Renewal procedures
  • Reinstatement requirements after a disqualification

States may also exceed certain federal standards in areas such as medical, fitness, and other qualifications.

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Last Updated: January 18, 2018