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1. After you have passed a car you should return to the right lane when you
A. See the front bumper of the other car in your mirror.
B. Have put your turn signal on.
C. Have turned your headlights on.
D. See the other car's headlights come on.

Explanation : When passing, move completely into the left lane. Before returning to the right lane, signal and look at your interior rearview mirror and make sure you can see the front bumper of the vehicle you just passed.

2. In general, you should pass vehicles going in the same direction as you are going
A. On the right.
B. On the left.
C. Only if the other driver signals it is safe.
D. Whenever you have the opportunity to do so.

Explanation : the law requires that we drive on the right side of the road. When passing is allowed, we usually pass other vehicles on the left. Passing on the right is permitted only in limited circumstances, and should be done only when necessary and safe to do so.

3. You may pass another vehicle on the right if it is waiting to
A. Turn right.
B. Turn left.
C. Park at the curb.
D. Turn into a driveway on the right.

Explanation : You should usually pass other vehicles on the left, but passing on the right is allowed in certain situations.

4. You may cross double yellow lines to pass another vehicle if the:
A. Vehicle in front of you moves to the right to let you pass
B. Yellow line next to your side of the road is broken
C. Yellow line next to the other side of the road is broken
D. None of the above

5. The car behind you begins to pass you. You should
A. Maintain your speed so traffic will flow smoothly.
B. Pull to the right and stop so he can pass.
C. Slow down slightly and stay in your lane.
D. Blow your horn to allow him to pass.

Explanation : If another vehicle passes you on the left, slow down slightly and keep to the right. When the vehicle has safely passed and is well ahead of you, resume your normal speed.

6. You may drive off from the paved roadway to pass another vehicle:
A. If the shoulder is wide enough to accommodate your vehicle
B. If the vehicle ahead of you is turning left.
C. Under no circumstances

7. You are driving in the middle lane on a three lane expressway. A car begins to pass you on the right. The actions of that driver are
A. Wrong because "pass to the left" is a firm rule.
B. Wrong because he's passing you in your "blind spot".
C. OK as long as he does it on a limited access highway.
D. OK if no signs forbid passing on the right.

Explanation : Before you pass on the right on multilane roads such as expressways, make sure you check your mirrors, use the proper signals for lane change, and look over your right shoulder for other vehicles.

8. A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles:
A. In both directions may pass.
B. Next to the broken line may pass.
C. Next to the solid line may pass.

9. When passing another vehicle, it is safe to return to your lane if you:
A. Cannot see the vehicle directly to your right.
B. See the vehicle’s headlights in your rear view mirror.
C. Have passed the other vehicle’s front bumper.

10. If you plan to pass another vehicle, you should:
A. Not assume the other driver will make space for you to return to your lane.
B. Assume the other driver will let you pass if you use your turn signal.
C. Assume the other driver will maintain a constant speed.

11. What does it mean when a school bus is stopped and its red lights are flashing
A. You may pass if no children are on the road.
B. You may not pass while the red lights are flashing.
C. You may pass if you are facing the front of the bus.
D. You may pass if it is on the other side of a divided highway.

Explanation : When a stopped school bus flashes its red light(s), traffic approaching from either direction, even in front of the school and in school parking lots, must stop before reaching the bus. You should stop at least 20 feet (6 m) away from the bus.

12. In which of the following situations is passing always forbidden
A. The vehicle ahead is making a left turn.
B. You are on a one-way street which has two lanes.
C. The vehicle ahead is stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
D. The vehicle ahead is going to park parallel to the curb.

Explanation : The law requires you to use directional or hand signals at least 100 feet (30 m) before making a lane change. You may never pass a vehicle which has stopped at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross.

13. When you want to overtake and pass another vehicle you should
A. Wait for a signal from the other driver.
B. Change lanes quickly so the other driver will see you.
C. Signal and pass when safe to do so.
D. Stay close behind so you need less time to pass.

Explanation : If conditions are right for passing, check in your mirrors and signal your lane change. Before pulling into the left lane, glance briefly over your left shoulder, through the rear side window, to make sure no vehicle is passing you or close behind you in

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