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_________ are the most likely places for car and motorcycle collisions to occur.Intersections. 
__________ lines indicate passing is allowed if there are no oncoming cars.Broken yellow.
A “No Parking” sign means:You may only stop there temporarily to load or unload passengers/packages.
A 5-ounce glass of wine has the same alcohol as a:A 12-ounce can of beer.
A broken white line between lanes on the roadway means:The lanes are moving in the same direction.
A broken yellow centerline means that:You can pass on the left if there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.
A chemical test is used to measure:Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).
A curb painted blue means parking is:Reserved for vehicles displaying a handicap plate or placard.
A curb painted red means:No stopping, parking, or standing at any time.
A double solid yellow line in the center of the road means that:Passing is not permitted in either direction. 
A driver waiting to make a left turn when the traffic light turns green should:Keep their wheel straight, yield to oncoming traffic, and complete the turn when safe.
A driver who refuses to take an alcohol test:Will lose their driver’s license and potentially face other penalties.
A funeral procession has the right-of-way at intersections, unless __________.An emergency vehicle is responding to an emergency with lights or sirens.
A good defensive driver should:Anticipate the actions of other drivers. 
A good space cushion is likely to:Give you more time and space to react to hazards.
A green arrow showing with a red traffic light means:You can turn in the direction of the arrow.
A pedestrian with a white cane ______.Is blind.
A person’s driver license will automatically be suspended if convicted of:Hit and run.
A red and white triangular sign at an intersection means:Slow down and be prepared to stop and yield to other traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians if necessary.
A red arrow at an intersection indicates that:Drivers waiting to turn must come to a complete stop and wait for the signal to change. 
A single broken ________line shows traffic flowing in opposite directions.Yellow.
A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles:A .On the side of the broken yellow line may pass.
A three point turnabout:Can be used to turn around on narrow streets.
A traffic sign with a red circle around and a slash over a symbol means:The action indicated on the sign is prohibited.
A traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow means that you should:Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before making a left turn. 
A triangular orange sign on the rear of a vehicle indicates that:It is a slow-moving vehicle.
A vehicle should never be parked closer to a fire hydrant than:15 feet.
A vehicle suddenly cuts in front of you creating a hazard. What should you do first?Take your foot off the gas pedal.
A white painted curb means:You can stop there only to load or drop off passengers or mail.
A yellow, diamond shaped sign with a black cross on it means there’s ______________ ahead.An intersection. 
After passing another car, you should not pull back in front of it until you:Can see the other vehicle’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
Alcohol is a:Depressant.
All of the following practices are dangerous to do while driving. Which one is also illegal?Listening to music with headphones or earbuds in both ears.
All vehicles on the road must be equipped with a horn that can be heard from a minimum of:200 feet.
Allow a larger space cushion when stopping:On an incline.
Allow extra space in front of your vehicle when following a:Motorcycle.
Always stop before crossing railroad tracks when:There is not enough room on the other side for you to clear the tracks.
An __________ is the connection of a freeway to a road or another freeway by a series of ramps.Interchange. 
An edge line that angles toward the center of the road indicates that:The road narrows ahead.
An uncontrolled railroad crossing usually has a speed limit of:15 mph.
Anytime you change lanes, enter a highway, or merge with traffic you need a gap of at least:4 seconds. 
Are bicyclists required to obey traffic laws and signs?Yes, bicyclists must obey traffic laws.
As you approach a roundabout, you should:Slow down.
As you enter the deceleration lane or the exit ramp, slow down and _____________.Continue slowing to the posted advisory speed limit before you reach the traffic signal or get back onto the surface streets.
As your vehicle speed increases, your field of vision:Decreases.
At a four-way stop, if two cars arrive at the intersection at the same time:The vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right. 
At intersections, crosswalks, and railroad crossings, you should always:Look to both sides of your vehicle before proceeding.
At intersections, look to the _____ first.Left.
At night, a driver should dim his headlights when an oncoming motor vehicle comes within:500 feet.
At night, it is hardest to see:Pedestrians.
At what BAC is it illegal for individuals of legal drinking age to operate a motor vehicle?0.08%
At what temperature are icy roads most slippery?32℉ or below.
Backing your vehicle is:Always dangerous.
Before entering your vehicle:Do a visual inspection and check for any obstacles.
Blind pedestrians may carry:A white cane or use a guide dog. 
Blind spots around a large vehicle are _________________ than the blind spots around a car.Bigger.
Can you turn left on red?Yes, if you are turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street.
Cold medicines can _______.Impair your ability to drive.
Construction zone signs:Are always orange and black.
Crossbuck signs indicate:You are approaching a railroad crossing.
Determine a safe speed to travel based on:All present conditions. 
Do not park more than _______ away from the curb.18 inches.
Do you have to stop at a green light when turning right?Yes, if there are pedestrians or other vehicles still in the intersection.
Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol:Has no effect on your BAC.
Drive below the posted speed limit when:Driving conditions are not ideal.
Drivers are to yield the right of way to pedestrians:All the time.
Drivers turning left must yield to:Oncoming traffic.
Fines for speed violations are doubled in ___________ zones.Work. 
Flash your brake lights or turn on your emergency flashers if you:Need to warn other drivers of an accident or slowed traffic ahead.
Flashing red lights at a railroad crossing mean __________.Stop and do not continue until the lights finish flashing.
Headlights must be activated when visibility is limited to:1,000 feet.
Highway hypnosis is related to ____________.Staring at the road ahead for too long.
HOV lanes are reserved for:Vehicles with 2 or more people.
How long should you signal before you turn?100 feet.
How many alcoholic drinks does it take to affect your driving ability?One. 
How many feet can you travel in a left turn center lane?300
How often should you check your mirrors?Every 6 to 8 seconds.
Hydroplaning is usually caused by:Excessive speed.
If a driver sees an animal on the roadway:Slow down and be prepared to stop.
If a pedestrian is at a corner, but not in a crosswalk:You must slow down and stop if there are crossing the street.
If a school bus is stopped and has its red lights flashing, you must:Stop until the red lights are done flashing.
If a traffic signal is out of order, you should:Treat the intersection like a 4-way stop.
If an approaching driver refuses to switch his high beams to low, you should_____.Look towards the right side of the road.
If an oncoming driver is heading toward you in your lane, you should:Honk your horn, steer towards the right side of the road, and use the brakes to slow down.
If traffic is traveling faster than the posted speed limit:You may travel no faster than the posted speed limit.
If weather conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you must also:Turn on your headlights.
If you are going 55 mph, you will need more than _____________ feet to safely pass another vehicle.1,600 feet.
If you are in the intersection when the light turns red:Proceed through when traffic clears.
If you are involved in an accident, one of the immediate requirements is to:Help anyone who is injured.
If you are parked or stopped at the curb and you want to pull out into a traffic lane, you should:Turn on your signal and wait for a large enough gap in traffic.
If you are riding in a vehicle equipped with a lap belt and also a separate shoulder belt, you are:Required to use both.
If you are thrown from your vehicle during a collision, you are ____ times more likely to die.25
If you can see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights ahead, ______.Pull over towards the side of the road and stop until the vehicle has passed.
If you damage an unattended vehicle you must:Find the owner or leave a note.
If you do not have __________, always drive with your low-beam headlights on.Daytime running lights
If you drive faster than other vehicles on a road with one lane in each direction:You’ll increase the risk of a collision.
If you find your brakes failing, which of the following should you not do?Turn off the ignition.
If you get drowsy while driving it is best to:Pull off the road and take a break.
If you have a tire blowout when driving on the highway, you should not use your brakes until:The vehicle has almost slowed to a stop.
If you have ABS on your car the best way to use the brake system is to:Apply steady pressure to the brake pedal.
If you have to stop on the shoulder of a freeway because of an emergency, you should:Pull off the road completely and activate your hazard lights.
If you pass a working emergency vehicle stopped on the side of a freeway you are to:Vacate the closest lane if safe and possible to do so.
If you see a diamond-shaped sign, it will be what type of sign?Warning sign. 
If your car breaks down, you should:Use your turn signals to carefully exit the road, pull as far off the road as possible, and turn on your hazard lights.
If your driver license is suspended, you may drive only:If you are approved for a hardship license.
If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, you should _____.Slow down gradually by releasing the gas pedal.
Implied consent law means:You have agreed to submit to a chemical test to determine your BAC.
In a school zone, when must a driver stop?In all of these situations.
In a standard passenger car, partial hydroplaning can begin at speeds as low as:35 mph.
In a vehicle equipped with dual airbags the safest place for infants is:The back seat.
Is driving a privilege or a right?A privilege.
Is it illegal to pass on the right?Yes, if you need to use the shoulder to pass the other vehicle.
It is against the law to enter an intersection when:You cannot make it across before the light changes to red.
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of:0.08%
It is illegal to follow an emergency vehicle at a distance closer than __________.500 feet.
It is illegal to park if a crosswalk is within:20 feet.
It is legal to drive with an alcoholic container that has been opened if the container is:In the trunk.
It is more dangerous to drive at night than in daytime, because:Visibility is greatly reduced.
It is permissible to drive faster than the speed limit:Under no circumstances.
Lanes marked with a diamond symbol are:Carpool lanes.
Lanes of traffic going in opposite directions are divided by:Yellow lines.
Large trucks turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction:May swing left to begin the turn.
Locked wheel skids are usually caused by:Braking too hard at a high speed.
Low-beam headlights are only effective for speeds up to:25 mph.
Many cars will begin to float in as little as __________ of standing water.6 inches.
On average, how long does it take your body to remove the alcohol contained in 5 ounces of wine?1 hour.
On expressways it is recommended to pass on the:Left.
On three lane freeways, it is best to travel in the:The center lane.
One hand steering is recommended:Backing up and operating the controls. 
Parking is not allowed:In any of these places.
Pentagonal signs are used to indicate:School zones.
Regulatory signs are:White.
Reversible lanes are designated by:Double broken yellow lines.
Roads freeze more quickly when they are:In the shade.
Should you always drive slower than other traffic?No, doing so can disrupt the safe and normal flow of traffic.
Stopping a vehicle with good brakes from 20 miles per hour under good conditions requires about:63 feet to react and come to a stop.
Striking a fixed object at 60 mph is the same as falling from a:10-story building.
Sudden wind gusts on highways:Can cause all vehicles to drift.
The average large truck traveling at 55 mph can take almost how many feet to stop?800 feet.
The basic speed law says that:You cannot drive faster than what is safe for the current conditions.
The best way to deal with a tailgater is to _____________.Slow down and allow them to pass.
The color of a motorist service sign is:Blue.
The extra space in front of a large truck is needed for:The truck driver to have enough room to stop.
The head restraint should be adjusted:To be in contact with the back of your head.
The headlights must be turned on:30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
The maximum legal speed limit on a rural interstate highway is:75 mph.
The most important thing in backing a motor vehicle is:To use your mirrors and turn your head when backing up so you can yield to other vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
The proper way in which to make a right turn is:Use your turn signal, get into the right turn lane, slow down, and yield to pedestrians. 
The speed limit for a blind intersection is:15 mph.
To avoid a collision, you should:Stop, slow down, speed up, or turn.
To avoid last minute moves, you should:Scan 10-15 seconds ahead of your vehicle.
To avoid tailgating, one should follow the:3-second rule.
To make a right turn at the corner:Merge into the bike lane for no more than 200 feet.
To prevent hydroplaning:Reduce your speed.
To regain control of a vehicle in a skid, __________.Ease off the gas pedal.
To see vehicles in your blind spot, you should check:Over your shoulders.
True or False: Always adjust mirrors after adjusting your seat.True.
True or False: It is permissible to pass on the right if the vehicle in front of you is making a left hand turn.True. 
True or False: You may exceed the speed limit when passing another vehicle.False.
True or False? You may pass on a two-way road that is marked with a broken yellow line.True.
Two sets of solid double yellow lines that are two or more feet apart:May not be crossed.
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in school zones is:25 mph.
Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in a business area?25 mph.
Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit in a residential area?25 mph.
Vehicle stopping distances never depend on:Other cars on the road. 
Water on the road can cause a vehicle to hydroplane. Your car may hydroplane at speeds as low as:35 mph.
Weaving in and out of traffic:Causes traffic to be slower and can increase the risk of a collision. 
What appears on a warning sign that tells you the road is slippery when wet?A car with squiggly lines coming from it.
What are some telltale signs of a drunk driver?Inconsistent speed.
What are the colors of a sign which tells you the distance to the next exit of a highway?Green.
What are the colors of warning signs indicating upcoming hazards?Yellow
What are the consequences if you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights?Expensive fines and a suspended driver’s license.
What can happen if you dump or abandon an animal by the roadside?Both a fine and jail time.
What do yellow curbs mean?Loading zone.
What does a double solid white line mean? Traffic moves in the same direction and passing or changing lanes over the lines is not permitted.
What does a flashing red light mean?The same thing as a stop sign.
What does a flashing yellow light mean?Proceed with caution. 
What does a pennant shaped sign mean?No passing zone.
What does a slow moving vehicle sign look like?An orange triangle.
What does a yellow arrow mean?Prepare to stop and yield to oncoming traffic.
What does alcohol affect first?Your judgement. 
What does no standing mean?You can only stop briefly when picking up or dropping off passengers.
What is a good minimum following distance?3 seconds.
What is a No Zone?The blind spots for large vehicles.
What is a pedestrian safety zone?Areas on and near the roadway with additional accommodations and regulations to help protect pedestrians.
What is a space cushion?Empty space all around your vehicle that allows you to react to hazards.
What is a turnout area?An area on narrow roads to allow other vehicles to pass.
What is double parking?A vehicle parked alongside a vehicle that is already parked next to the curb. 
What is Hydroplaning?Hydroplaning is when your tires lose traction with the road.
What is the difference between traffic lights with red arrows and those with solid red lights?You cannot turn against a red arrow.
What is the far right lane of the highway for?Traffic entering and exiting the highway.
What is the first thing you should do if your wheels move off the pavement?Hold the steering wheel firmly and release the gas pedal.
What is the proper following distance behind a motorcyclist?More than the following distance for a car.
What is the purpose of rumble strips?To help alert drivers that they are drifting out of the lane.
What is the speed limit while driving in an alley?15 mph.
What shape is a stop sign?Octagon.
What vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings?Trucks transporting hazardous materials.
When a right turn on red is permitted, you must still __________.Come to a complete stop.
When a school bus is stopped on the roadway, you must always stop when:The bus has its red lights flashing or stop arm extended.
When approaching a curve the best thing to do is:Slow down before you enter the curve.
When approaching a railroad crossing without mechanical gates or lights, you should:Slow down to 15 mph and be prepared to stop if necessary. 
When approaching a railroad crossing, you must look _____.Both directions for oncoming trains.
When are U turns legal?On highways where an opening is provided in the center median that allows U-turns. 
When backing out of an angled parking space, you should always move slowly and:Look over your shoulder as you back up.
When backing up you should:Turn your head to look out of your rear window.
When can a motorcyclist use a complete traffic lane?At all times.
When can you drive in a bike lane?Within 200 feet of a right turn. 
When can you drive in a lane with a red “x” above it?Never
When can you pass a vehicle on the right?On multilane roads.
When changing lanes you should:Use your turn signal, check your mirrors, and check your blind spots.
When choosing your driving speed, the most important thing to consider is:Weather, traffic, and road conditions.
When do you not need to stop if a school bus is loading or unloading children?When you are on the opposite side of a divided road or multi-lane road with at least 2 lanes in each direction.
When driving at night on a dimly lit street, you should:Avoid driving faster than your headlights can illuminate the road ahead.
When driving at night, you should:Increase your following distance. 
When driving behind another vehicle at night, you should:Use your low beam headlights.
When driving in fog you should:Use your low beam headlights.
When driving in rain the road becomes the most slippery:During the first 10 to 15 minutes of rain.
When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice:Reduce your speed by at least half.
When driving on a wet road:Reduce your speed.
When driving on an expressway, if you want to change lanes you should signal and:Turn your head to check your blind spots.
When driving on snow covered roads, you should reduce speed by:About ½ the normal driving speed.
When driving on wet roads you should:Increase your following distance to about 5 or 6 seconds.
When driving slower than the rest of the traffic, in which lane should you be driving?Right.
When driving, if you miss your turn you should:Continue driving until the next place to turn around.
When driving, if you miss your turn, you should:Wait until the next place to turn or exit.
When entering a street from a private alley or driveway, you must:Stop, look, and yield to pedestrians before crossing over the sidewalk.
When entering a street from an unpaved road, you should:Yield to vehicles on the paved street.
When feeling ill, taking medication before driving:Can have similar effects as drugs and alcohol on your ability to drive safely.
When is it legal to cross a double solid yellow line?When you are turning left to exit the roadway.
When it is raining, you should use your:Low beam headlights.
When may you legally drive around or under a railroad crossing gate?Never.
When merging with freeway traffic, you should try to merge ________________.At the same speed.
When one vehicle is towing another by means of a chain, the chain must:Display a 12” square white flag or cloth. 
When parking headed downhill it is best to:Put your vehicle in park and set the parking brake.
When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curb, your front wheels should be:Turned away from the street.
When parking uphill with a curb:Turn your wheels away from the curb.
When sharing the road with a light-rail vehicle, you should:Never turn in front of a light-rail vehicle.
When sharing the road with a truck, it is important to remember that, in general, trucks:Require a longer distance to stop.
When should you increase your following distance to four seconds?In bad weather and poor conditions.
When should you not pass another vehicle?When the car is stopped at an intersection or crosswalk.
When should you use your high beam headlights at night?When you are driving in dark areas with no other vehicles around you. 
When should you yield your legal right-of-way?If it will prevent a collision.
When the foot brake is pressed, which light must come on?Brake lights.
When they see a yellow x signal, drivers should:Move over because it is switching to be used by traffic moving in the opposite direction.
When turning left, you must yield the right of way:If the traffic light is a solid green light not a green arrow.
When you approach an intersection with a green traffic light, you should:Continue driving, but yield to pedestrians or traffic in the intersection.
When you are driving at 55 mph, you will need a stopping distance of about:250 to 300 feet.
When you are getting ready to drive, you should:Adjust your seat, then your mirrors, and fasten your seat belt.
When you drive through a construction zone, you should:Slow down and be prepared to stop at any time.
When you encounter an aggressive driver tailgating you, you should:Slow down and allow them to pass.
When you encounter an aggressive driver, you should:Give them space and not engage. 
When you hear a siren coming, you should:Pull to the right side of the road and stop until it passes.
When you see a sign that tells you the road curves ahead to the right then the left, you should:Slow down before entering each curve.
When you see livestock near the roadway, you should:Slow down and proceed with caution.
Where is it illegal to pass?Over a solid double yellow line.
Where should you stop your vehicle when there is no limit line?At the corner before entering the intersection.
Which is not a factor in determining the distance that it takes to stop your vehicle?Steering technique. 
Which of the following are used as left-edge lines on divided highways?Solid yellow line.
Which of the following is true about drinking and driving:Alcohol negatively affects your judgement. 
Which of the following is true about over-the-counter drugs?They can impair your ability to drive.
Which of the following responses is appropriate when approaching a steady yellow traffic signal?Slow down and stop, unless you are already in the intersection.
Which of the following roadways freezes first when wet?Bridges and overpasses. 
Which of the following statement(s) are always true about alcohol:A breathalyzer test is used to determine a driver’s BAC.
Which of the following statements about blind spots is true?Large trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles.
Which of the following will not help you avoid skidding on slippery surfaces?Braking in turns or curves.
Which of the following will reduce the amount of alcohol in your body?Time.
While driving if you need to use your cell phone, you should:Pull over to a safe space and stop driving. 
While you are passing on a two lane road:Make sure there is enough space from oncoming vehicles and enough space for you to return to your lane after passing the vehicle in front of you.
With a basic Class C driver’s license a person may drive:A 2-axle vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 lbs. or less.
With any turning vehicle, the rear wheels follow a _________ than the front wheels.Shorter path.
You are driving in traffic on a road with two or more lanes in each direction. You should:Keep to the right, except to pass.
You are driving on a dry road, and it begins to rain. You should:Slow down because this is typically when the road is most slippery.
You are driving on a highway and your gas pedal gets jammed. What should you do?Shift into neutral.
You are driving on a two lane highway and are passing a large truck. What is required to pass safely?A large enough gap in oncoming traffic.
You are driving on the freeway behind a large truck, you should drive:Farther behind the truck than you would a passenger car.
You are driving too slowly if you:Block traffic driving at a normal and safe speed.
You are entering an expressway, and are in the acceleration lane. You should speed up to:Match the speed of traffic on the freeway.
You are in a truck’s blind spot if:You cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s mirrors.
You are not allowed to park within _____ feet of a railroad crossing.50 feet.
You are not allowed to park within _____ feet of an intersection.20 feet.
You drive defensively when you:Constantly scan for hazards.
You may continue carefully through a yellow light if:You are in the intersection when the light changes.
You may legally block an intersection:Under no circumstances.
You may park or stop along the shoulder of the freeway:In an emergency.
You may turn right on a solid red light:After coming to a complete stop to yield to pedestrians and other vehicles in the intersection.
You must drive at a speed:That is appropriate for the current conditions.
You should look at least ___________ seconds ahead of your car.10 to 15
You should only pass on a two-way road when:It is safe and legal to do so and you can see if traffic is approaching from the opposite direction.
You should use your vehicle’s horn when:It is necessary to prevent a collision.
Your blind spot is the area of the road:You cannot see without turning your head.
Your driver license may be suspended for causing:A serious car accident.
Your field of vision is:Reduced as your speed increases.
Your first response to reduced visibility should be:Reduce your speed.

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