DMV Questions

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  1. When Parking your vehicle parallel to the curb on a level street, your wheels must be within what length of the curb?
    Within 18 inches of the curb
  2. You're driving on the freeway. The vehicle in front of you is a large truck. How far should you drive from the truck?
    Farther behind the truck than you would for a passenger vehicle.
  3. To avoid last min moves, you should be looking down the road to where your vehicle will be in about ____ seconds?
    10-15 seconds
  4. You are getting ready to make a right turn. As you get closer, what should you do next?
    Slow down or stop, if necessary, and then make the turn
  5. You're approaching a railroad crossing with no warning devices and are unable to see 400 feet down the tracks in one direction. The speed limit is:
    15 mph
  6. This sign indicates what?Image Upload
    Lane Reduction (Right lane ends, Merge left)
  7. When driving in fog, you should use your:
    Low beams
  8. You're driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:
    Traffic on the streets moves to the left
  9. If you drive faster than other vehicles on a road with one lane in each direction and continually pass the other cars, you will:
    Increase your chances of an accident
  10. If you have a green light, but traffic is blocking the intersection, you should:
    Stay out of the intersection until traffic clears
  11. Which of these vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?
    Tank trucks marked with hazardous materials placards
  12. You have been involved in a minor traffic collision with a parked vehicle and you can't find the owner. You must:
    • Report the accident without delay to the city police
    • In unincorporated areas, to the CHP
  13. You want to make a right turn at an upcoming intersection. BEFORE you turn, you should slow down and...
  14. Should you always drive slower than other traffic?
    NO. You can block traffic when you drive too slowly.
  15. You must notify the DMV within 5 days if you:
    Sell or transfer your vehicle
  16. There is no crosswalk and you see a pedestrian crossing your lane ahead. You should:
    Stop & let him/her finish crossing the street
  17. You just sold your vehicle. You must notify the DMV within ___ days.
    5 days
  18. You are driving on a freeway posted for 65 mph. Most of the other vehicles are driving 70 mph or faster. You may legally drive:
    No faster than 65 mph
  19. You may legally block an intersection:
    Under no circumstances
  20. You see a flashing yellow traffic signal at an upcoming intersection. The flashing yellow light means:
    Slow down & cross the intersection carefully
  21. This sign indicates what?Image Upload
    Slippery when wet, use caution
  22. Roadways are the most slippery:
    The first rain after a dry spell.
  23. With a C Class drivers license a person may drive:
    A 3-axle vehicle if the Gross Vehicle Weight is less than 6,000 pounds
  24. This sign indicates what?
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    Cross road, Intersection coming up
  25. A school bus ahead of you in your lane is stopped with red lights flashing. You should:
    Stop as long as the red lights are flashing
  26. A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles:
    Next to the broken line may pass
  27. California's "Basic Speed Law" says:
    You should Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions
  28. When can you drive in a bike lane?
    When you are within 200 feet of a cross street where you plan to turn right
  29. It's illegal to park your vehicle:
    In an unmarked crosswalk
  30. Two sets of solid, double, yellow lines that are two or more feet apart:
    May not be crossed for any reason
  31. When you tailgate other drivers (drive close to their rear bumper):
    You can frustrate the other drivers and make them angry
  32. You must obey instructions from school crossing guards:
    At all times
  33. You may not park your vehicle:
    Next to a red painted curb
  34. The safest precaution that you can take regarding the use of cellular phones and driving is:
    Use hands-free devices so you can keep both hands on the steering wheel
  35. Unless otherwise posted the speed limit in a residential area is ____.
    25 mph
  36. Always stop before you cross railroad tracks when:
    You don't have room on the other side to completely cross the tracks
  37. A white painted curb means:
    Loading zone for passengers or mail only
  38. When you are merging onto the freeway, you should be driving:
    At or near the same speed as the traffic on the freeway
  39. It's a very windy day. You are driving and a dust storm blows across the freeway reducing your visibility. You should drive slower and turn on your:
  40. You may cross a double, yellow line to pass another vehicle, if the yellow line next to:
    Your side of the road is a broken line
  41. You see a signal person at a road construction site ahead. You should obey his or her instructions:
    At all times
  42. All of the following practices are dangerous to do while driving. Which of these is also illegal?
    Listening to music through headphones that cover both ears
  43. You may drive off of the paved roadway to pass another vehicle:
    Under no circumstances
  44. If you plan to pass another vehicle, you should:
    Not assume the other driver will make space for you to return to your lane.
  45. You are about to make a left turn. You must signal continuously during the last ____ feet before the turn.
    100 feet
  46. When Parking uphill on a two-way street with no curb, your front wheels should be:
    Turned to the right (away from the street)
  47. Which of the following statements about blind spots is true?
    Large trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles
  48. A large truck is ahead of you and is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:
    May have to swing wide to complete the right turn
  49. At intersections, crosswalks, and railroad crossings, you should always:
    Look to the sides of your vehicle to see what is coming
  50. If you are involved in a traffic collision, you are required to complete and submit a written report (SR1) to the DMV:
    If there is property damage in excess of $750 or if there are any injuries
  51. This sign indicates what?
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    Merging traffic from the right
  52. To turn left from a multilane one-way street onto a one-way street, you should start your turn from:
    The lane closest to the left curb.
  53. You drive defensively when you:
    Keep your eyes moving to look for possible hazards
  54. 3 Feet to Safety ACT:

    Drivers must pass bicyclists with no less than...
    • 3 feet of distance between them, unless unable to pass safely because of traffic or roadway conditions
    • In such cases, drivers must reduce speed,  maintain a safe distance, & pass only when it doesn't create a hazard.
  55. Driver will be cited when passengers under the age of...
    16 are found not strapped in safely. All passengers and drivers must wear seat belts.
  56. Passengers 8 yrs & older or children 4'9" tall or taller must wear seat belts. However, CHILDREN younger than 8 yrs old or who are less than 4'9" tall need to be...
    • seated in a federally approved child passenger restraint system.
    • ILLEGAL to leave a child 6 yrs of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle at any time.
  57. Regulatory Road Signs: They regulate the movements of motorists, cyclists, & pedestrians
    They use a combination of red, white, and black (Only Parking Signs are green on white)

    • Stop sign (Red): ONLY 8-sided octagonal shaped sign
    • 5-sided sign (Yellow): School zone
    • Rectangular or square shape is most common
  58. (Road Signs) Route Markers:
    Regulatory signs that indicate the type of roadway being driven

    • -Red & Blue shield: Interstate
    • -Black on white: State
    • -Black border w/ White shield: U.S. highway.
  59. Warning Signs:
    Alerts drivers of existing road conditions & potentially hazardous conditions

    • The signs are always:
    • -Either Yellow or Black: (Only Work Zone signs are Orange and Black)
    • -Diamond shape: Most common, can also be rectangles and circles.
  60. Guide Signs:
    Guides drivers w/ directions, locations of services, facilities, etc

    • -Green & White: route, Guide and Information signs; highway entrances/exits and distances
    • -Blue & White: Motorist service signs; gas stations, rest stops
    • -Brown & White: historic, Cultural, recreational sites; national parks
    • -Rectangular shape
  61. This sign indicates what?
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    T-intersection. The road ahead does not continue.
  62. This sign indicates what?
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    Side road ahead
  63. This sign indicates what?
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    Railroad tracks ahead
  64. This sign indicates what?
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    Left-lane ends
  65. This sign indicates what?
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    You are on a two-way road; Keep right to avoid oncoming traffic
  66. This sign indicates what?
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    Winding road ahead - Road first curves left
  67. This sign indicates what?
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    Pedestrian crossing
  68. The Reverse turn sign. What does this sign mean?
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    Warns of 2 turn in opposite directions. The 2nd turn may be sharper than the first. Maximum suggested speed is 30 mph
  69. This sign indicates what?
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    No left turn allowed at intersection
  70. This sign indicates what?
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    • No parking
    • You may stop “temporarily”  to load/ unload merchandise/passengers
  71. This sign indicates what?
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    No U-turn allowed.
  72. This sign indicates what?
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    Yield; Give right of way to other traffic
  73. This sign indicates what?
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    Children crossing
  74. This sign indicates what?
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    Two-way traffic ahead
  75. This sign indicates what?
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    Divided highway ahead
  76. This sign indicates what?
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    No passing zone
  77. This sign indicates what?
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    Speed advisory
  78. This sign indicates what?
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    School advance warning; entering a school zone
  79. These signs indicate what?
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    Speed Limits
  80. These signs indicate what?
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    Lane control
  81. These signs indicate what?
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    Service signs
  82. These signs indicate what?
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    Recreational signs
  83. This sign indicates what?
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    Slow moving vehicle
  84. This sign indicates what?
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    Destinations and Distance Markers
  85. These signs indicate what?
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    Work zone signs
  86. These signs indicate what?
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    Interstate signs
  87. Right of Way
    Remember WHO has the right-of-way:

    -Emergency vehicles, pedestrians, funeral processions (always)

    • -Motorist in the intersection
    • -Cars going right or straight in an intersection
    • -Pedestrians & motorists over cars pulling out of driveways/parking spaces
    • -Car to the right when 2 or more vehicles stop at the same time at the stop sign.
    Basic Speed law:
    • - You may never drive faster than is safe for current conditions
    • - Maximum speed limit in most Ca highways is 65 mph
    • - You can drive at 70 mph in a highway when posted.
    Two-lane undivided highways:
    55 mph, unless otherwise posted.
    School zones:
    25 mph speed limit, while some are as low as 15 mph. (Within 500–1000 feet of a school while children are outside.)
    Blind intersection:
    15 mph speed limit (Cannot see 100 feet in either direction within 100 feet from stop line.)
    15 mph speed limit
    Railroad crossing:
    15 mph speed limit within 100 feet of crossing. May drive faster when controlled by gates, warning signal, flagger.
    Business or residential districts:
    25 mph speed limit, unless otherwise posted.
    Safety zone or intersection:
    Passing speed limit of 10 mph.
  96. Intersections: LEFT Turns
    • - Give right-of-way to motorists driving straight or turning right
    • - Wheels point straight when entering intersection
    • - Turn wheel once it is safe to turn or the red light appears.
  97. Intersections: RIGHT Turns
    - Do not swing left before turning.
  98. Roundabouts
    • - Yield the right of way to any pedestrians & bicyclists
    • - Yield to drivers already in the roundabout
    • - Enter the roundabout when the traffic level allows enough space & time
    • - Use turn signals
  99. Pedestrians
    Walk on the left side of the roadway, giving way to oncoming traffic.
  100. Mountain Roads
    • When two cars meet on a narrow mountain road, the vehicle facing downhill must back up and give right-of- way to vehicle going uphill
    • May not drive until vehicle has driven uphill and past them
    • Vehicle facing downhill has greater amount of control when backing up.
  101. Railroad/Light Rail Transit:
    • - Expect a train on any track at any direction
    • - Do not stop on tracks
    • - Stop between 15-50 feet from tracks.
  102. Visual Search: Scan
    • - Scan 10-15 seconds ahead of vehicle
    • - Don’t develop “fixed” stare, Scan rearview mirror every two to five seconds.

    • Three Second rule: Maintain a space cushion.
    • Four Second rule: Follow when: - When being tailgated. - On slippery roads. - Following motorcycles on poor road conditions. - Towing a trailer. - When approaching a bus, school bus, railroad or placarded vehicle.
  103. Visual Search: Stopping
    • - At 35 mph, you need 210 feet to react and stop
    • - At 55 mph, you need 400 feet to react and stop
  104. Visual Search: Know what is at your side
    • - Look LEFT then RIGHT before crossing intersections. Don’t rely on traffic signals to stop all drivers
    • - Stay out of another driver’s blind spot
    • - Avoid driving next to another car.
  105. Visual Search: Know what is behind you
    - Check behind you when:

    • - Changing lanes
    • - Reducing speed
    • - Driving down long, steep hills
    • - Backing up.
    Yellow lines:
    Two-way traffic
    Solid double lines:
    No passing or turning at any point.
    Broken single line:
    May pass and turn when safe.
    One solid, one broken:
    Pass/turn when broken line is on your left only
    White lines:
    One-way traffic
    Double solid lines:
    May not cross at any point, most commonly indicates special use lane.
    Solid line:
    • Discourages lane changes
    • Indicates: turning lanes, end of pavement, stop lines, parking spaces and crosswalks.
    Broken white line:
    May change lanes and pass when safe
    Dotted white line:
    Guides turning lanes in an intersection.
  115. Lane Control: HOV Lanes (High Occupancy Vehicles)
    • - Signs indicate minimum number of people per vehicle, days and hours for carpool lanes
    • - Pavement is marked with a diamond symbol and the words “Carpool lane.”
  116. Lane Control: Turn-out lanes
    • - For slower traffic
    • - Use to allow other cars to pass
    • - Available on two-lane roadways.
  117. Lane Control: Center Left-turn lanes
    • -Marked with two yellow lines:
    • Outside: Solid
    • Inside: Broken

    • - In the middle of a two-way street
    • - Can only drive 200 feet
    • - Must drive completely in the lane.
  118. Lane Control: Bike lanes
    • - Treat as another lane
    • - Only enter within 200 feet of making a right turn when there are no bicyclists around.

    Sharrows: lanes that bicyclists can occupy
  119. TURNS: Left turn from a two-way street
    • - Start the turn in the left lane closest to the middle of the street
    • - Complete the turn in either lane of the cross street
    • - Use the center left turn lane if one is available
    • - A left turn may be made from the other lane if permitted by signs or arrows.
  120. TURNS: Right turn
    • - Begin and end the turn in the lane nearest the right-hand curb
    • - Do not swing wide into another lane of traffic
    • - Watch for pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists
    • - Sometimes signs or pavement markings will let you turn right from another lane.
  121. Legal U-Turns
    • - Across double yellow line where legal
    • - In a residential district
    • - Vehicles must be able to see you 200 feet in either direction
    • - At intersection on a green light
    • - On a divided highway, with opening in the center divider.
  122. Illegal U-Turns
    • - Railroad crossings
    • - When you need to cross a divider or two sets of double yellow lines on a highway
    • - When you cannot see clearly in either direction for 200 feet (road or weather conditions)
    • - Where there are no u-Turn Signs
    • - In front of a fire station or its driveway
    • - Business districts.
  123. Hand Signals
    • Left turn: arm extended straight
    • Right turns: arm extended, bent upwards
    • Stopping: arm extended, bent downwards.
  124. This sign indicates what?
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    • No Stopping
    • You may stop “only” in order to obey a traffic sign, signal, officer or to avoid conflicts with other vehicles.
  125. This sign indicates sign?
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    • No Standing Sign
    • You may stop “briefly” to load/ unload passengers
  126. Illegal to park
    • - Crosswalk, sidewalk, in front of driveway
    • - In the crosshatched space next to handicap parking space
    • - In a tunnel or bridge, unless permitted with signs
    • - 15 feet within a fire hydrant
    • - 7.5 feet from a railroad track
  127. Parking: Curb
    • White: Pick up/ drop off
    • Yellow: Load/ unload
    • Red: Do not stop
    • Blue: Handicap.
  128. Rules of Headlights
    • - Turn on when windshield wipers are turned on
    • - On frosty mornings
    • - When necessary to get driver’s attention
  129. During Fog, you should...
    • - Drive slowly
    • - Turn on your windshield wipers
    • - Use low beam headlights.
  130. During Rain & Snow, you should...
    • - Turn on your windshield wipers
    • - Use your low-beam headlights
    • - Turn on defroster
  131. Rules for driving in Hills
    • - There are many blind pockets within hill areas
    • - Use your horn, as you round hazardous curves to let the other drivers know
    • - Do not drive on the left side of the road when coming to a curve or top of the hill.
  132. Using your Signal
    • - Signal 100 feet before making turn
    • - Wait five seconds before changing lane
  133. Hand-Over-Hand Steering
    • - Parking
    • - Performing sharp right turns
    • - Correcting a skid.
  134. Using a Horn
    Use when necessary, to avoid collisions and on narrow mountain roads

    • Do not use horn when:
    • - Driver or bicyclist is moving slowing
    • - When angry or upset
    • - To alert other drivers of mistakes
    • - Horns sound louder outside of car and can startle drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  135. Safe Driving: Following Distances
    • - If you see problem drivers, increase the following distance for a bigger space cushion
    • - Take dangers one at a time
    • - Apply “Splitting the difference” principle.
  136. Safe Driving: Electronic Wireless Communications
    Drivers 18 or older can use an electronic wireless communications device if voice-operated, if it’s hands-free to dictate, and can send or listen to text-based communications while driving
  137. Safe Driving: Merging
    • - Signal and wait for a gap (about half a block long is ideal)
    • - Do not stop before merging into freeway traffic.
  138. Motorcycles
    • - Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers
    • - Road conditions pose major hazards to motorcyclists
    • - Allow a four second following distance
    • - Give motorcyclists a full lane width
    • - They are small and difficult to judge how fast they move, expect sudden movements and look for them in your blind spot when turning.
  139. Bicycles
    • - Bicyclists are entitled to share the road with motor vehicles
    • - Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles and drivers
    • - Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic
    • - Give a minimum of 3 feet distance between bicyclists when passing.
  140. Emergency Vehicles
    • - Always yield right-of-way
    • - Drive to the right edge of the road and stop until the emergency vehicles have passed
    • - If you are already in an intersection and they are approaching, cross through and pull over
    • - Ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks have the right of way if the siren is on
    • - Pull over to the side if you see an emergency vehicle has its siren on
    • - Don’t pass an emergency vehicle pulled over to the side in the lane right next to them
    • - Vehicles are required to slow down and move over a lane to an approaching emergency vehicle or tow trucks with amber flashing lights.
  141. Sharing the road with: Slow-moving Vehicles
    • - Tractors, animal-drawn carts and road maintenance vehicles that travel 25 mph or less will have an orange triangular affixed to the back
    • - Horse-drawn vehicles and riders of animals are entitled to share the road
    • - It is a traffic offense to scare horses or stampede livestock.
  142. Sharing the road with: Work Zones
    • - Obey police, road workers, and uniformed officials above signs, lights or otherwise
    • - Slow down when approaching work zones
    • - Be cautious and fully aware while driving through a “Cone Zone”
    • - Obey signs until you pass the one that states you have left the work zone.
  143. Sharing the road with: Vehicles with Hazardous Loads
    • - They are indicated with diamond shaped sign on the back of a truck
    • - Required to stop before crossing railroad tracks.
  144. Sharing the road with: Trucks
    • - Have larger blind spots than most vehicles. (no-Zones)
    • - They need more space to turn. (Will often swing left when turning right)
    • - They take longer to stop (at 55 mph, needs 800 feet to stop)

    • Do not:
    • - Cut off a truck
    • - Linger alongside a truck when passing
    • - Follow too closely or tailgate
    • - Underestimate the size and speed
  145. Dealing with Traffic Congestion
    • - Rubbernecking
    • - Tailgating
    • - Inattention
    • - Unnecessary lane changes
    • - Operating a poorly-maintained or malfunctioning vehicle, or running out of fuel.
  146. Aggressive Driving & Road Rage: General Rules
    Emotions can affect a driver’s judgment and abilities

    • When to Drive Slower:
    • - Before entering a curve (braking mid-curve can cause skidding)
    • - Driving in heavy traffic
    • - Through parking lots and downtown areas
    • - Over narrow bridges and through tunnels
    • - Through toll plazas
    • - Near schools, playgrounds and residential areas
  147. Driving Tips: Skid on Slippery Roads
    • Occurs during or after rain, and when there is ice or packed snow on the roads.
    • Ease of gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.

    • Drive more slowly:
    • - Wet roads: reduce speed by 5-10 mph. The roads are most slippery the first several minutes of rain on a hot day
    • - Packed snow: reduce speed by half
    • - Ice: Slow to a crawl. Most often occurs on bridges, overpasses and in the shade of trees and buildings.
  148. Driving Tips: Fog
    • - Pull over if necessary
    • - Use low beams
    • - Stay as far right as possible when a vehicle with one light is behind you
    • - Do not change lanes.
  149. Driving Tips: High Winds
    Reduce speeds

    • - Maintain a strong grip on the steering wheel so winds don’t jerk the car around
    • - Be alert for debris and litter
    • - Do not use cruise control
    • - Be proactive; if it’s too dangerous to continue, pull over and wait the storm out
  150. Driving Tips: Hill Country or Curves
    Slow down before making the turn if you cannot see what’s on the other side

    • - When you cannot see, always assume another vehicle is ahead of you
    • - Only pass vehicle if a hill or curve is at least third of a mile away
    • - Never drive on the left side of the road.
  151. Driving Tips: Rain or Snow
    Turn on wind-shield wipers, lowbeams, and defroster

    • - If you cannot see 100 feet ahead of you, reduce speed to 30 mph
    • - Put on chains before driving in the snow
  152. MAJOR CAUSES of Collisions
    • Driver distraction
    • Unsafe speed
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road
    • Improper turns
    • Violating the right-of-way rules
    • Violating stop signs and signs
  153. Alcohol & Drugs: 0.01% or higher BAC
    • If under 21 is illegal
    • At any age under DUI probation is illegal
  154. Alcohol & Drugs: 0.04% or higher BAC
    In any commercial vehicle with or without a CDL (Cali Driv. License) issued to driver is illegal.
  155. Alcohol & Drugs: 0.08% or higher BAC
    If 21 or older is illegal
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