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1. Which of the following is not a safe driving practice when driving on the interstate?
Slower traffic must keep to the right.
Change lanes without signaling.
If you miss your exit, you must go to the next exit.

You should always signal when moving your vehicle to the right or left. On an interstate, you should stay in the right lane if you are moving more slowly than the surrounding traffic. It is illegal to back up or make a U-turn on interstate highways, so if you miss your exit, you should proceed to the next exit.

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

Even when you signal, you should not assume that the space you want to occupy is free or that other drivers will give you the right-of-way.

3. To see vehicles in your blind spots, you should check:
The inside rearview mirror.
The outside rearview mirror.
Over your shoulders.

By definition, blind spots are areas that cannot be seen using your mirrors. To check your blind spots, you should look over your shoulders.

4. Roads with double solid yellow line markings down the center indicate that passing is:
Allowed from both directions.
Allowed only from your direction of travel.
Not allowed from either direction.

A double solid yellow line down the center of a road indicates that traffic is moving in opposite directions and that passing is not allowed from either direction.

5. Sudden wind gusts on highways:
Generally affect only the movement of large vehicles.
Only cause visibility problems.
Can cause problems for all vehicles.

While it can create special problems for large vehicles, strong wind can cause problems for all drivers. Wind can lower visibility by blowing dirt and dust into the roadway, but it can sometimes also physically move a vehicle.

6. What is a crosswalk?
Another name for a four-way intersection.
An area designated for road construction workers.
The area where pedestrians may cross the roadway.

Pedestrian crosswalks are often shown by white, solid lines to emphasize pedestrian crossing points. Crosswalks may have additional lines between the white, solid lines or in place of the parallel lines. However, crosswalks may also be unmarked.

7. Always stop before crossing railroad tracks when:
There isn't room on the other side for you to completely cross the tracks.
The railroad crossing is located in a city or town that has frequent train traffic.
You are transporting two or more young children in a passenger vehicle.

Expect a train on any track, at any time, traveling in either direction. If you need to stop after crossing the tracks, wait until you can completely cross the tracks before proceeding. Make sure your vehicle clears the tracks before you stop.

8. If you are continually being passed on the right and the left while driving in the center lane of an expressway, you should:
Stay in the center lane.
Move to the lane on your right.
Move to the lane on your left.

If a road has four or more lanes with two-way traffic, drive in the right lanes unless you are passing or turning left. If you are on an interstate highway and are driving below the speed of the flow of traffic, use the right lane.

9. This sign means:
You can travel in either direction in this lane.
There is two-way traffic.
You are approaching a divided highway.

This sign warns of two-way traffic.

10. Before returning to your original lane after passing another vehicle, you should:
Beep your horn.
See both headlights of the passed vehicle in your rearview mirror.
Flash your headlights.

When passing is permitted, look for both headlights of the passed vehicle in your rearview mirror. Only then may you safely return to your original lane.

11. Make room for cars that are entering the freeway by:
Slowing down.
Merging into a different lane.
Maintaining your speed and position.

Make room for vehicles that are entering a freeway. If possible, merge into the next lane to create a gap for the incoming vehicles. If you cannot merge, adjust your speed to allow for the vehicles to enter traffic as smoothly and safely as possible.

12. A broken yellow line down the center of a road indicates that:
A construction zone is ahead.
Passing is not permitted from either direction.
Passing is permitted from either direction.

When broken yellow lines separate the lanes of traffic on a two-lane roadway, any driver may pass when there is no oncoming traffic.

13. If you have had several beers, the effects of alcohol will be reduced only by:
Taking a cold shower.
Waiting several hours.
Drinking several cups of coffee.

The only way to remove the impairing effects of alcohol is to give the body time to remove it from the body. Drinking coffee, physical activity, or taking a cold shower will not speed up this process. It takes about one hour to cancel the effects of one drink.

14. You should yield to a pedestrian:
Only if they are in a crosswalk.
At all times, even if the pedestrian is not obeying traffic laws.
Only if the traffic lights are in the pedestrian's favor.

Always be aware of pedestrians near your vehicle. You must do everything you can to prevent striking a pedestrian, regardless of the circumstances.

15. This sign means:
Winding road ahead.
Reserved parking for persons with disabilities.

This sign warns that two lanes of traffic going the same direction will soon merge into one lane.

16. In which of the following scenarios should your wheels not be pointed straight ahead?
When waiting to make a left turn at a traffic light.
When parked on a hill or sloping driveway.
When parked on the side of a level roadway where there is no curb.

While waiting to turn left, keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until it is safe to start your turn. If a vehicle hits you from behind, this will prevent you from veering into oncoming traffic. When parked facing either uphill or downhill, turn the wheels so the vehicle will not roll into traffic if the brakes fail.

17. What is a potential effect of taking a prescription drug while drinking alcohol?
There will likely be no effect.
It will make you more alert.
It can make you unfit to drive.

Legal medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can impair your ability to drive. They can be particularly dangerous when used in combination with alcohol.

18. The proper way to make a right turn is to:
Signal, slow down, and get into the lane closest to the centerline before turning.
Signal, slow down, and get into the lane closest to the right curb before turning.
Approach the corner in the lane nearest the right curb, but move over toward the middle of the street before turning.

Before beginning a right turn, use the appropriate signal to give surrounding drivers adequate notice of your intentions. Slow down and approach the intersection from the right lane, staying as close as is practical to the right curb or edge of the roadway.

19. Which of the following statements about blind spots is true?
Blind spots are eliminated if you have one outside mirror.
Large trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles.
Blind spots can be checked by looking in your rearview mirror.

Even if a vehicle is properly equipped with rearview and outside mirrors, it still has blind spots that cannot be seen in the mirrors. Large trucks have much larger blind spots than most passenger vehicles.

20. Excessive speed:
Saves time so you can get to your destination more quickly.
Helps you maneuver around obstacles.
Increases the likelihood of serious bodily injury and death.

Excessive speed is one of the most common contributing factors to vehicle crashes. Excessive speed does not save time and often leads to high-risk decision-making.

21. If you find yourself in a skid:
Brake lightly.
Stay off the brakes.
Brake abruptly.

If your vehicle begins to skid, do not use the brakes. Braking could make the skid worse.

22. What message will be found on this yellow pennant-shaped sign?
Right turns only.
Right turns permitted.
No passing zone.

Pennant-shaped yellow signs like this are used to indicate a no passing zone.

23. This sign means:
There is a 35 mph speed zone after the curve ahead.
Drive no slower than 35 mph around the upcoming curve.
Approach the upcoming curve at a speed of 35 mph or slower.

Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. They alert you to conditions that are immediately ahead. These signs may be accompanied by speed advisory plaques that indicate the speed with which you should proceed.

24. You are required to stop your vehicle:
At any intersection where a police officer orders you to stop.
Where there is a red traffic light.
Both of the above.

You must come to a complete stop at a steady or flashing red traffic light. You must always obey instructions given by officers directing traffic, regardless of any posted signs or traffic signals.

25. Construction zone signs are generally:
Square or rectangular with white and red coloring.
Round or octagonal with black and yellow coloring.
Diamond-shaped or rectangular with orange and black coloring.

All temporary signs in work zones have an orange background with black letters or symbols. These signs are found on the right side of the road, or on both the left and right sides if the roadway is a divided highway.

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