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1. This sign means:
Stop sign ahead.
Railroad crossing ahead.
Construction ahead.

A round sign always indicates that you are approaching a railroad crossing.

2. An orange and red triangular sign on a vehicle always means:
The vehicle has the right-of-way.
Slow-moving vehicle.
Shoulder work ahead.

Slow-moving vehicles, such as farm tractors, road maintenance vehicles, and animal-drawn carts, display an orange and red triangle on the back.

3. When is it legal to drive faster than the posted speed limit?
If you feel it is reasonable and prudent.
If you are passing another vehicle.

Drive according to the posted maximum speed limit. You may drive more slowly than the posted speed limit, based on road conditions, but it is illegal to drive any faster than the posted speed limit.

4. When driving in fog, it is best to drive with:
High beam headlights.
Low beam headlights.
Four-way flashers.

Use low beam headlights when driving in fog, rain, or snow. High beams may reflect off of the weather and make visibility even poorer.

5. If you come to an intersection controlled by a flashing yellow light, you must:
Wait for the green light before proceeding.
Slow down and cross the intersection carefully.
Stop before crossing the intersection.

A flashing yellow traffic light means drivers must slow down, be more aware, and proceed with caution. Be alert to crossing traffic and pedestrians.

6. The maximum posted speed limit should be driven only:
During the night.
During the day.
Under ideal conditions.

The posted maximum speed limit is the fastest legal speed you can travel on a road under ideal conditions. It is safest to drive at the same speed as surrounding traffic, up to the maximum speed limit. Maintaining a safe speed at all times is a responsibility shared by all motorists.

7. To avoid hydroplaning while driving in rainy conditions, you should:
Drive at a speed appropriate for ideal conditions.
Apply your brakes as soon as your car starts to skid.
Slow down.

When driving too quickly in wet conditions, your tires may lose all contact with the road surface. Loss of traction will cause the vehicle to ride on top of the water, which is called "hydroplaning." The best way to prevent this from happening is to drive more slowly in rainy or wet conditions than you would when driving during ideal weather conditions.

8. You are merging onto an interstate highway. You should:
Select a safe gap and merge into the lane of traffic.
Merge across two lanes at once.
Always stop before entering the highway.

Anytime you want to merge with other drivers, you need to find a gap large enough for you to safely enter into the flow of traffic. You should not stop on the entrance ramp to an interstate highway unless there are no gaps into which you may safely merge.

9. This road sign means:
Drive with caution and be ready to stop.
You must come to a complete stop.
Stop, if necessary.

The stop sign is the only eight-sided sign you will see on any roadway. When you encounter a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop. You may not proceed until the way is clear for you to completely and safely pass through the intersection.

10. This road sign means:
Park your vehicle.
You are not allowed to travel in this direction.
Exit at the intersection.

A red sign informs drivers that an action is prohibited. If you see this sign, you are traveling in the wrong direction on the road and should turn around immediately.

11. This road sign means:
School crossing.
Pedestrian crossing.
Jogging trail.

Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. This sign indicates the presence of a crosswalk, regardless of if it is marked on the pavement or not. Upon seeing this sign, you should be alert and allow any pedestrians to cross the road safely.

12. You are approaching an intersection where a traffic signal is displaying a steady yellow light. If you have not already entered the intersection, you should:
Speed up to beat the red light.
Reduce you speed and proceed carefully through the intersection.
Come to a safe stop.

At an intersection controlled by a steady yellow light, you should bring your vehicle to a safe stop. If you are already within the intersection when the light changes from green to yellow, continue through the intersection at a safe speed.

13. When driving on a slippery surface, such as snow or ice:
Shift to a low gear before going down steep hills.
Maintain traction by following other vehicles closely.
Pump your brakes to keep them from freezing.

To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should shift to a low gear before going down a steep hill. You should also follow farther behind the vehicle in front of you than you normally would. Quick stops should be avoided. Unless you have antilock brakes, pump the brakes to slow or stop.

14. While driving on a roadway with a single broken white centerline:
You must stay within your lane.
You may cross the centerline to change lanes.
You may change lanes only from the left lane.

White lines between lanes indicate that the lanes are traveling in the same direction. Broken white line markings indicate that it is legal to pass another vehicle when safe.

15. In inclement weather, you should:
Steer off the road.
Drive in a low gear.
Steer and brake smoothly.

When driving during unfavorable weather conditions, avoid slamming on the brakes and making sharp, quick turns. These behaviors will make controlling your vehicle in inclement weather even more difficult.

16. This sign indicates a:
Railroad crossing.
Pedestrian crossing.
No passing zone.

Yellow signs with black markings are used to warn drivers about upcoming hazards or special conditions. Round signs are used only to warn about upcoming railroad crossings.

17. This road sign means:
Sharp turn to the right ahead.
Upcoming sharp left and right turns.
Winding road ahead.

Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. This sign warns the driver that there is an upcoming winding road. Speed should be adjusted appropriately.

18. This is the shape and color of a ____ sign.
Wrong way

Downward-facing triangular signs mean drivers must yield. When approaching a yield sign, slow down to a speed that is reasonable for existing conditions and stop if necessary. If you must stop, do so at a marked stop line, if it exists.

19. This bicyclist is signaling:
A left turn.
An upcoming stop.
A right turn.

Bicycles do not have turn signals so bicyclists use hand and arm signals to alert other drivers to their intentions. If a bicyclist puts their left arm straight out, they are signaling that they intend to turn left.

20. This road sign means:
Intersection ahead.
Merging traffic.
Steep hill ahead.

Warning signs provide notice to road users of a situation that might not be readily apparent and are usually yellow with black markings. This sign warns drivers of an upcoming steep hill. Drivers should adjust their speed accordingly to avoid collisions and brake damage.

21. When you see this sign, you should:
Watch for traffic merging from the right.
Merge right.
Turn left.

Warning signs alert drivers to upcoming hazards and are usually yellow with black markings. This sign warns drivers about potential traffic merging into their lane from the right.

22. A large truck is ahead of you and is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:
May complete its turn in either of the two lanes.
May have to swing wide to complete the right turn.
Must stay in the right lane at all times while turning.

When a vehicle makes a turn, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the bigger the difference between the paths of the front and rear wheels. Therefore, long trucks often have to swing wide to complete a right turn.

23. What does this road sign mean?
Falling rocks
Trucks use second gear
Steep hill

Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. This sign indicates that you are approaching a steep hill. Slow down and be ready to shift to a lower gear to control your speed and protect your brakes from damage.

24. If you find that the roadway ahead of you is flooded, you should:
Slam on the brakes.
Not drive through the flooded area. Turn around and find another route.
Drive only in the center of the roadway.

Never attempt to drive on a flooded road. Even if the water looks shallow, it may hide many kinds of hazards. If you encounter a flooded area, turn around and seek another route to your destination.

25. To help avoid skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:
Shift to a lower gear after starting down a steep hill.
Speed up to enter curves and slow down to exit them.
Slow down before entering curves and intersections.

Slow down before you enter a curve because you do not know what may be ahead. Braking on a curve may cause you to skid.

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