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    SUMMARY: Pennsylvania Driver's Handbook

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has available various manuals to help you become a safer driver. These include the PA driver’s manual, commercial driver’s manual, and motorcycle operator manual. If you’re interested in traffic and vehicle laws, view the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.

    Continue reading this page for links to the various driving publications available in Pennsylvania.

    Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual

    On the PennDOT website, you can access the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual in both English and Spanish. You’ll learn about the following topics and more:

    • PA junior driver’s license.
    • Child restraints.
    • Drinking and driving.
    • Knowledge test.
    • How to negotiate turns.
    • Highway safety.
    • Rules of the road.
    • Becoming an organ donor.
    Don't Forget an Online Practice Test!

    A perfect complement to studying the PA Driver Handbook is preparing for the written exam with an online practice test. These industry-leading study guides are designed to help you pass the test on your first try. 

    Commercial Driver's Manual

    To apply for a commercial driver's license (CDL) in Pennsylvania, you’ll need to study the the PA Commercial Driver's License Manual (also offered in Spanish). Topics include:

    • Commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements and fees
    • Driving safety.
    • Air brakes.
    • Tank vehicles.
    • Hazardous materials.
    • What to expect on the vehicle inspection.

    To prepare for the CDL knowledge exam, you can take an online practice test.

    School Bus Manual

    PennDOT offers a PA School Bus Driver’s Manual to help you learn about a range of topics, including:

    • Student management and discipline.
    • Loading and unloading.
    • Preventative maintenance.
    • School bus driving fundamentals.
    • Emergency procedures in a school bus.

    Pennsylvania Motorcycle Manual

    You can view the PA Motorcycle Manual on the PennDOT website to learn all about operating a motorcycle. The manual covers all the following topics and more:

    • How to apply for a PA motorcycle license.
    • Traffic signals and signs.
    • Night riding.
    • Proper posture while riding.
    • Passing.
    • Navigating slick roads.
    • Motorcycle clothing.

    While the manual includes some same test questions for your written knowledge exam, you can also take an online practice test for extra preparation.

    NOTE: The motorcycle manual is also available in Spanish.

    Vehicle Code in PA

    The PA Motor Vehicle Code contains all the information concerning vehicles, driver's licenses, and PA traffic laws.

    You can use this information to prepare your case when fighting a PA traffic ticket.

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