StudiGuide 19: Vehicle Operations in Law Enforcement

Study Guide for the California Police Academy (P.O.S.T.) Written Examination
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At the end of this StudiGuide course, students will be able to understand the California Criminal Justice System.
Students will be able to understand the basic concepts of Vehicle Operations.
Students will, after careful study and review of this course, will be able to have a better understanding for the testing and passing of the State of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) basic police academy written examination.


  • Students should have a copy of the state of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) workbook and review it prior to starting a StudiGuide course.


This StudiGuide course provides a practice review-testing resource for police academy cadets (based on the state of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training 'POST' requirements) to help understand and pass the POST written examinations.

DISTINGUISH between longitudinal, lateral weight transfer

DISTINGUISH between and DESCRIBE the causes of the following types of vehicle skids:

· Understeer skid

· Oversteer skid

· Locked-wheel skid

· Acceleration skid

· Centrifugal skid

IDENTIFY the following:

· factors that can limit the effectiveness of a vehicle’s emergency warning devices

· hazards of various road conditions

· physiological and psychological factors that may have an effect on a peace officer’s driving

· the effect of speed on a driver’s peripheral vision

· the effects of siren syndrome

· the objectives of emergency response driving

· the requirements of Penal Code 13519.8 Vehicle Pursuits

· the statutory responsibilities of non-law enforcement vehicle drivers when driving in the presence of emergency vehicles operated under emergency response conditions

· the causes and contributing factors of vehicle hydroplaning

RECOGNIZE the following:

· conditions that could lead to the decision to terminate a vehicle pursuit

· guidelines for entering a controlled intersection when driving under emergency response conditions

· potential hazards of freeway driving and appropriate actions to prevent collisions

· the risk to officer/public safety versus the need to apprehend

· the statutes governing peace officers when operating law enforcement vehicles in the line of duty, such as the Rules of the Road and Liability

DEMONSTRATE the following:

· appropriate actions to prevent intersection collisions

· appropriate actions to prevent collisions when operating a vehicle in reverse

· proper braking methods

· proper roadway position and the three essential reference points of a turning maneuver

· proper techniques for recognizing and coping with distractions while operating a law enforcement vehicle

· proper techniques for two-handed shuffle steering

· proper throttle control

· the ability mitigate the effects of spring loading

· the importance and proper use of safety belts in a law enforcement vehicle

· the use of communications equipment

· the use of emergency warning devices available on law enforcement vehicles

DETERMINE a safe distance when following another vehicle


· common offensive intervention tactics

· components of a vehicle inspection

· how perception and reaction time affects a vehicle’s total stopping distance

EXPLAIN the importance of agency specific policies and guidelines regarding emergency response driving and the primary effects speed has on a vehicle in a turning maneuver

Selected information from this written examination will also appear on your Mid-Course and End-of-Course Proficiency Tests.

Who this course is for:

  • Students who want to maximize their study time while attending a police academy in the state of California.
  • Students who want a clearer understanding of the material they will be tested on while attending a police academy.
  • Our StudiGuides are an eLearning experience that short-cuts the normal "study groups" at home with the fundamental, straight forward, no-nonsense knowledge required, in a practical setting; your home, vehicle or other study place.

Course content

8 sections38 lectures50m total length
  • StudiGuide Introduction
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Discussion Post


California Police Academy Study Guide Presenter
Michael Rubacha
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Michael "Andy" Rubacha

I began my career in law enforcement in 1988 and retired from Los Angeles County. Throughout my County law enforcement career, I have taken on collateral tasks as trainer, instructor and mentor to fellow law enforcement personnel of all ranks.

I have attended the LAPD Law Enforcement West Point Leadership Program and numerous other supervisory, management, and instructor training courses in law enforcement. I have obtained my Basic, Intermediate, Advance, Supervisory and Management POST certificates. As a college instructor, I have taught Criminal Justice to students interested in the field of law enforcement. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. I have taken a keen interest in newly hired police trainees to mentor them for success. I have also facilitated career / promotional preparation courses for the past fifteen+ years.

Additionally, I was a member of the Air Force (Security Police), a Veteran of Desert Storm, and a life-member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 9148, having served as Post Commander and Senior Vice-Post Commander.

I have volunteered my time for more than fifteen years to coordinate and teach study groups for police academy (including Module D and re-certification) recruits/students. Over 1000 students attended my study groups. My desire is to continue benefiting the student/recruit in being successful to become the next generation police officer.