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    Virginia Driver's Manual

    No driver's education would be complete without several read-throughs of the driver's manual. Every state puts out a publication for its drivers with basic information about the rules of the road and defensive driving tactics. Most also offer information about getting a license in that state.

    You can download the Virginia Driver's Manual on the official Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website as a PDF. For your convenience, it is also available in Spanish.

    The manual includes examples of good driving practices, such as using seatbelts, adjusting your mirrors, and leaving enough space between your vehicle and others on the road. The manual also discusses avoiding dangerous behaviors such as driving aggressively, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

    Whether you are driving for the first time, are new to the state, or just want to refresh your memory, the Virginia Driver's Manual is a good place for basic information.

    Where to Get a Copy

    If you would like to download the Virginia Driver's Manual, it requires free software, Adobe Reader, to view.

    You may also obtain a printed copy of the Virginia Driver's Manual from any DMV customer service center. High school students and those attending commercial driving schools can also get copies at school.

    Specialized Manuals

    If you intend to drive a motorcycle or a commercial vehicle in Virginia, check out the Virginia Motorcycle Manual and the Virginia Commercial Driver's Manual.

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