56 DMV Questions of Defensive Driving
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1. Seat belts can be most effective as injury preventive devices when they are worn by
A. The person driving the car.B. Passengers when they are on a long drive.C. All occupants of a car being driven on an expressway.D. Passengers and the driver whenever they are in the car.
Explanation : Whenever you drive, you should make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. In the event of a crash, a person without a belt becomes a projectile, and a danger to everyone else in the vehicle.
2. When a truck driver behind you wants to pass your vehicle, your speed should:
A. Remain steady or decreaseB. Change lanesC. ChangeD. Increase
3. teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash when:
A. They are driving with their pet as a passengerB. They are driving with adult passengersC. They are driving with teenage passengersD. They are driving without any passengers
4. Which of the following statements about blind spots is true?
A. They are eliminated if you have one outside mirror on each side of the vehicle.B. Large trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles.C. Blind spots can be checked by looking in your rear view mirrors.
5. The law gives _______ the right of way at intersections.
A. No oneB. Drivers turning leftC. Drivers going straightD. Drivers turning right
6. Who must yield when a driver is turning and a pedestrian is crossing without a traffic light?
A. Whoever started lastB. The driverC. Whoever is slowerD. The pedestrian
7. Always use your seat belt:
A. Unless the vehicle was built before 1978.B. Unless you are in a limousine.C. When the vehicle is equipped with seat belts.
8. You drive defensively when you:
A. Always put one car length between you and the car ahead.B. Look only at the car in front of you while driving.C. Keep your eyes moving to look for possible hazards.
9. One of the rules of defensive driving is
A. Look straight ahead as you drive.B. Stay alert and keep your eyes moving.C. Expect that other drivers will make up for your errors.D. Be confident that you can avoid danger at the last minute.
Explanation : Keep your eyes moving, notice what is happening at the sides of the road, and check behind you through your mirrors every few seconds.
10. When no signs, signals, or police tell you what to do at an intersection, the law states that:
A. Drivers on the right must yield to drivers on the leftB. There are no laws stating who must yieldC. Drivers going straight must yield to drivers turning left at the intersectionD. Drivers turning left must yield to drivers going straight through the intersection
11. It is best to keep a space cushion:
A. Only in back of your vehicleB. Only on the left and right side of your vehicleC. Only in front of the vehicleD. On all sides of the vehicle
12. When passing a bicyclist, you should:
A. Blast your horn to alert the bicyclistB. Move as far left as possibleC. Remain in the center of the laneD. Put on your four-way flashers
13. Highway hypnosis is a driver condition that can result from:
A. Staring at the roadway for long periods of timeB. Frequent rest stopsC. Too much sleep the night before your tripD. Short trips on expressways
14. At night, it is hardest to see:
A. Road signsB. PedestriansC. Other motoristsD. Street lights
15. If you want to get off from a freeway, but you missed your exit, you should:
A. Go to the next exit, and get off the freeway thereB. Make a U-turn through the medianC. Pull onto the shoulder and back your car to the exitD. Flag down a police officer for an escort back to your exit
16. To turn left on multi-lane streets and highways, you should start from:
A. The middle of the intersectionB. The right laneC. The left laneD. Any lane
17. The most important thing to remember about speed management and curves is to:
A. Drive at the posted speed limit as you enter the curve, then slow down at the sharpest part of
the curveB. Slow down before you enter the curveC. Accelerate gently before you enter the curveD. Drive at the posted speed limit of the roadway, before, throughout, and after the curve
18. If you are following a truck that swings left before making a right turn at an intersection, you should remember that it is very dangerous to:
A. Try to squeeze between the truck and curb to make a right turnB. Apply your brakes until the truck has completed the turnC. Violate the 4-second following distance ruleD. Honk your horn at the truck driver
19. When you are merging onto the freeway, you should be driving:
A. At or near the same speed as the traffic on the freeway.B. 5 to 10 MPH slower than the traffic on the freeway.C. The posted speed limit for traffic on the freeway.
20. An orange triangle on the back of a vehicle indicates that vehicle:
A. Carries radioactive materialsB. Takes wide turnsC. Travels at slower speeds than normal trafficD. Makes frequent stops
21. When driving on a freeway entrance ramp, you should look for a gap in freeway traffic by:
A. Looking in the inside rearview mirror onlyB. Looking in the sideview mirror onlyC. Looking in both rearview and sideview mirrorsD. Looking in your mirrors and turning your head to look over your shoulder
22. To avoid last minute moves, you should be looking down the road to where your vehicle will be in about ____.
A. 5 to 10 secondsB. 10 to 15 secondsC. 15 to 20 seconds
23. On long trips you can prevent drowsiness by
A. Turning on your car radio.B. Slowing down so you can react better.C. Stopping at regular intervals for a rest.D. Moving your eyes from side to side as you drive.
Explanation : Before you embark on a trip, you should: Get a good nights sleep.
Plan to drive long trips with a companion.
Schedule regular stops, every 100 miles or 2 hours.
Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair performance.
24. If you are driving behind a motorcycle, you must:
A. Allow the motorcycle to use a complete laneB. Drive on the shoulder beside the motorcycleC. Allow the motorcycle to use only half a laneD. Pass in the same lane where the motorcycle is driving
25. Preparing to smoke and smoking while driving:
A. Do not affect driving abilitiesB. Help maintain driver alertnessC. Are distracting activitiesD. Are not distracting activities
26. You are waiting to turn left at a multilane intersection, and opposing traffic is blocking your view, you should:
A. Accelerate rapidly when the first lane you need to cross is clearB. Wait until you can see all the lanes you need to cross before going ahead with your turnC. Wait for the opposing driver to wave you across the intersectionD. Edge your car into each lane of opposing traffic as soon as it clears
27. Under normal conditions, a safe following distance between your car and the car ahead is:
A. Fifty feet.B. One car length.C. Three second behind the vehicle you followD. One hundred feet
Explanation : Follow at a safe distance. Use the three-second rule. Increase your following distance in bad weather or poor visibility.
28. A safe speed to drive your car
A. Is the posted speed limit.B. Is less than the posted speed limit.C. Depends on the weather and road conditions.D. Depends on the mechanical skill of the driver.
Explanation : You must obey the posted speed limit, or, if no limit is posted, drive no faster than 55 mph (88 km/h). the legal limit on an icy or foggy expressway might be 55 mph (88 km/h), but the safe speed to drive would be much lower.
29. U-turns in residential districts are legal:
A. On a one-way street on a green arrow.B. When there are no vehicles approaching nearby.C. Across two sets of solid double, yellow lines.
30. When traveling behind a motorcycle:
A. Allow a following distance of at least 2 car lengthsB. Allow at least 2 seconds of following distanceC. Allow at least 4 seconds of following distanceD. Allow a following distance of at least 4 motorcycle lengths
31. After a train has passed, you should:
A. Check again for approaching trains and proceed with cautionB. Wait for a green lightC. Proceed across the tracksD. Blow horn and proceed
32. On a two-lane road, you may pass another vehicle on the right when:
A. Driving on a single lane entrance rampB. The driver you are passing is travelling slower than the posted speed limitC. NeverD. The driver you are passing is making a left turn
33. Your lane position should __________
A. increase wind blast from other vehicles.B. protect your lane from other drivers.C. decrease your ability to see and be seen.D. all the above
Explanation : Your lane position should:
Increase your ability to see and be seen. Avoid others` blind spots. Protect your lane from other drivers. Communicate your intentions.Help you avoid wind blasts from other vehicles.
Provide an escape route.
34. When driving near a blind pedestrian who is carrying a white cane or using a guide dog, you should:
A. Slow down and be prepared to stopB. Take the right-of-wayC. Proceed normallyD. Drive away quickly
35. To make a right turn at the corner, you:
A. May not enter the bicycle lane.B. Should only merge into the bicycle lane if you stop before turning.C. Must merge into the bicycle lane before turning.
36. You can park and leave your car
A. In a tunnel.B. 30 feet from a railroad crossing.C. Between a safety zone and the curb.D. None of the above.
Explanation : Never park or leave your vehicle in a tunnel or on a bridge, on or within 50 feet of a railroad crossing, or between a safety zone and the curb.
37. The only time you do not have to stop for a school bus whose red lights are flashing and stop arm is extended is when you:
A. Are driving on the opposite side of a divided highwayB. Are behind the busC. See no children presentD. Can safely pass on the left
38. When a school bus has its lights flashing and its stop arm extended, you must:
A. Stop at least 10 feet away from the busB. Pass if children have exited the busC. Stop if the bus is on the opposite side of a barrierD. Drive slowly by the bus
39. If you stop at a railroad crossing with more than one track:
A. Wait until you have a clear view of all tracksB. Stop on the railroad track and watch for another trainC. Go through as soon as the train passesD. Go through when one of the tracks is free
40. Drivers who eat and drink while driving:
A. Have no driving errorsB. Have trouble driving slowC. Are better drivers because they are not hungryD. Have trouble controlling their vehicles
41. When passing on a multi-lane highway:
A. Be sure the passing lane is clearB. Pass only on the rightC. Watch for oncoming trafficD. There is no need to signal
42. Allowing a space cushion is important because it:
A. Prevents distractions from other vehiclesB. Allows you time to react to situationsC. Keeps traffic flowing at a safe paceD. Keeps other drivers alert
43. To pass a slower-moving vehicle on a two-lane road you must:
A. Not cross the center lineB. Flash your lights to oncoming trafficC. Use the shoulderD. Use that lane that belongs to oncoming traffic
44. On two-lane, two-way streets or highways, you should start left turns:
A. Close to the center lineB. Close to the outside lineC. In the center of the laneD. Anywhere in the lane
45. Collisions can happen more often when:
A. All vehicles are traveling about the same speed.B. One lane of traffic is traveling faster than the other lanes.C. One vehicle is traveling faster or slower than the flow of traffic.
46. When entering a freeway:
A. Vehicles on the freeway must always yield the right-of-way to vehicles that are entering the freeway.B. You must yield the right-of-way to vehicles already on the freeway.C. Increase your speed even if the way is not clear.D. You must always drive at the same speed as the rest of the traffic.
Explanation : Enter the freeway at or near the speed of traffic. Do not stop before merging with freeway traffic unless absolutely necessary. Freeway traffic has the right of way. Watch for vehicles around you. Use your mirrors and turn signals.
47. When you drive through an area where children are playing, you should expect them:
A. To know when it is safe to crossB. To stop at the curb before crossing the streetC. To run out in front of you without lookingD. Not to cross unless they are with an adult
48. These pavement markings tell you that at the intersection ahead:
A. Center lane traffic may go straight or turn leftB. You can only turn right from the center laneC. The center lane mergers into one laneD. Center lane traffic must turn left
49. When entering a highway from an entrance ramp, you should generally:
A. Enter above the speed of traffic to get aheadB. Enter slowly to avoid other vehiclesC. Stop first, then slowly enter trafficD. Accelerate to the speed of traffic
50. Minimum speed signs are designed to
A. Keep traffic flowing smoothly.B. Show current local road conditions.C. Test future traffic signal needs.D. Assure pedestrian safety.
Explanation : To keep traffic flowing smoothly, some highways also have minimum speed limits. Driving slower than the minimum speed can interrupt the traffic flow and create a dangerous situation.
51. At an intersection with a stop sign, you should stop and:
A. Check your rearview mirror for cars tailgatingB. Go when the vehicle ahead of you goesC. Look right first, then left, then right againD. Look both ways ahead and ensure it is clear and safe before moving off.
52. Drivers entering a roundabout or traffic circle:
A. Must stop before enteringB. Must yield to drivers in the roundabout or traffic circleC. Have the right of way if they arrive firstD. Have the right of way if there are two lanes
53. When sharing the road with a truck, it is important to remember that, in general, trucks:
A. Take longer distances than cars to stopB. Require less time to pass on a downgrade than carsC. Require less turning radius than carsD. Require less time to pass on an incline than cars
54. When exiting a highway, you should slow down:
A. On the main road, just before the exit laneB. Once you see the toll boothC. Once you have moved into the exit laneD. When you first see the exit sign
55. You need to use extra caution when driving near a pedestrian using a white cane because:
A. He or she is deafB. He or she has a mental disabilityC. He or she is blindD. He or she has a walking problem
56. The four-second rule refers to how one should:
A. Yield to other carsB. Turn at stop signsC. Follow another carD. Cross an intersection
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