DMV Questions

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  1. When is it LEGAL to drive in a bike lane?
    ONLY when you're within 200 ft. of a cross street where you plan to turn right
  2. When Parking your vehicle parallel to the curb on a level street, your wheels must be within WHAT LENGTH of the curb?
    Within 18 inches of the curb
  3. If you're behind a large truck, drive farther than __________?
    Farther than a passenger vehicle distance behind the truck
  4. To avoid last min moves, you should be looking down the road to where your vehicle will be in about ____ seconds?
    10-15 seconds
  5. You are getting ready to make a right turn. As you get closer, what are the next steps you should take?
    Slow down or stop, if necessary, and then make the turn
  6. You're approaching a railroad crossing with no warning devices and are unable to see 400 feet down the tracks in one direction. What is the speed limit?
    15 mph
  7. This sign indicates what?Image Upload
    Lane Reduction (Right lane ends, Merge left)
  8. When driving in fog, you should do 3 things:
    • Drive slowly
    • Turn on your windshield wipers
    • Use low beam headlights
  9. You're driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:
    Traffic on the streets moves to the left
  10. If you drive faster than other vehicles on a road with one lane in each direction and continually pass the other cars, you will:
    Increase your chances of an accident
  11. If you have a green light, but traffic is blocking the intersection, you should...?
    Stay out of the intersection until traffic clears
  12. Which type of vehicle must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?
    Tank trucks marked with hazardous materials placards (Diamond Shaped)
  13. In a minor traffic collision with a parked vehicle (with owner not present) you MUST:
    • Report the accident without delay to the city police
    • In unincorporated areas, to the CHP (California Highway Patrol) --- Leave note on vehicle
  14. You want to make a right turn at an upcoming intersection. You should SLOW DOWN & Signal for _______?
    100 ft.
  15. Should you always drive slower than other traffic?
    NO. You can block traffic when you drive too slowly.
  16. You must notify the DMV within 5 days if you:
    Sell or transfer your vehicle
  17. There is no crosswalk and you see a pedestrian crossing your lane ahead. You should:
    Stop & let him/her finish crossing the street
  18. You are driving on a freeway posted for 65 mph. Most of the other vehicles are driving 70 mph or faster. You may LEGALLY drive no faster than....?
    65 mph
  19. You may legally block an intersection:
    Under no circumstances
  20. Flashing yellow lights @ an upcoming intersection means:
    Slow down & cross the intersection carefully
  21. This sign indicates what?Image Upload
    Slippery when wet, use caution
  22. Roadways are the most slippery:
    The first rain after a dry spell.
  23. With a C Class drivers license a person may drive a _______ vehicle if the Gross Vehicle Weight is less than ______ pounds.
    3-axle vehicle, 6,000 pounds
  24. This sign indicates what?
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    Cross road, Intersection coming up
  25. A school bus ahead of you in your lane is stopped with red lights flashing. You should:
    Stop as long as the red lights are flashing
  26. A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles next to the broken line may what?
    May pass
  27. California's Basic Speed Law:
    "You should Never drive faster than is safe for current conditions"
  28. It's illegal to park your vehicle:
    In an unmarked crosswalk
  29. Two sets of solid, double YELLOW lines that are 2 or more feet apart:
    May not be crossed for ANY reason
  30. When you tailgate other drivers (drive close to their rear bumper) you can:
    Frustrate the other drivers and make them angry
  31. You must obey instructions from school crossing guards, or a person at a road construction site ahead, when?
    At all times
  32. You may park next to a red painted curb when?
  33. The safest precaution that you can take regarding the use of cellular phones and driving is:
    Use hands-free devices so you can keep both hands on the steering wheel
  34. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in a residential area is ____.
    25 mph
  35. Always stop before you cross railroad tracks when:
    You don't have room on the other side to completely cross the tracks
  36. A white painted curb means:
    Loading zone for passengers/mail only (Pick up/Drop off)
  37. A yellow painted curb means:
    Stop only long enough to (Load/Unload) passengers -- No longer than posted
  38. A green (zone/sign/painted curb) means:
    Used only for student loading zones, if accompanied by appropriate signs
  39. A red painted curb means:
    • (No stopping), standing, or parking
    • EXCEPT as permitted by the Vehicle Code, & except that a bus may stop in a red zone marked or signed as a bus zone
  40. A blue painted curb means:
    Handicap Parking is permitted only for disabled people/driver of disabled
  41. When you are merging onto the freeway, you should be driving:
    At or near the same speed as the traffic on the freeway
  42. It's a very windy day. You're driving & a dust storm blows across the freeway reducing your visibility. You should drive slower and turn on your:
  43. Listening to music through headphones that cover both ears is legal or illegal?
  44. You may drive off of the paved roadway to pass another vehicle:
    Under no circumstances
  45. If you plan to pass another vehicle, you should never:
    Assume the other driver will make space for you to return to your lane.
  46. You're about to make a left turn. You must signal continuously during the last ____ feet before the turn
    100 feet
  47. When Parking uphill on a two-way street with no curb, your front wheels:
    Should be turned to the right (away from the street)
  48. Large trucks have bigger blind spots than most passenger vehicles. True or False?
  49. A large truck is ahead of you and is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:
    May have to swing wide to complete the right turn
  50. At intersections, crosswalks, and railroad crossings, you should always:
    Look to the sides of your vehicle to see what is coming /// LOOK BOTH WAYS
  51. If you are involved in a traffic collision, you're required to complete and submit a written report (SR1) to the DMV if:
    • There is property damage in excess of $750 OR if there are any injuries
    • SIDE NOTE: The mechanic calculates the $$ amount. Insurance recommends random mechanic or you can go with your own
  52. This sign indicates what?
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    Merging traffic from the right
  53. To turn left from a multi-lane one-way street onto a one-way street, you should start your turn from:
    The lane closest to the left curb.
  54. You drive defensively when you:
    Keep your eyes moving to look for possible hazards
  55. Drivers must pass bicyclists with no less than ___ feet of distance between them (___ Feet to Safety ACT)
    3 feet, UNLESS unable to pass safely because of traffic or roadway conditions
  56. (3 Feet to Safety ACT) If unable to pass bicyclists safely because of traffic or roadway conditions, Drivers must do what 3 things?
    • Must reduce speed
    • Maintain a safe distance
    • Pass only when it doesn't create a hazard
  57. Driver will be cited when passengers under the age of...
    16 are found not strapped in safely. All passengers and drivers must wear seat belts.
  58. Passengers 8 yrs & older or children 4'9" tall or taller must wear seat belts. However, CHILDREN younger than 8 yrs old or who are less than 4'9" tall need to be...
    seated in a federally approved child passenger restraint system.
  59. Leaving a child 6 yrs of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle at any time is LEGAL or ILLEGAL?
  60. Regulatory Road Signs:
    They regulate the movements of motorists, cyclists, & pedestrians. They use a combination of red, white, and black (Only Parking Signs are green on white)
  61. Stop sign (Red):
    Regulatory sign; The ONLY 8-sided octagonal shaped sign
  62. 5-sided School Zone sign (Yellow):
    Regulatory sign; Rectangular or square shape is most common
  63. Route Markers: Red & Blue Shield Shaped
    Regulatory signs that indicate the type of roadway route being driven

    • -Interstate
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  64. Route Markers: Black on white
    Regulatory signs that indicate the type of roadway route being driven

    • -State
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  65. Route Markers: Black border w/ White shield Shaped
    Regulatory signs that indicate the type of roadway route being driven

    • -U.S. highway.
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  66. Warning Signs:
    Alerts drivers of existing road conditions & potentially hazardous conditions. The signs are always:

    -Either Yellow or Black/Diamond shape. Most common. Can also be rectangles and circles.

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  67. Only Work Zone signs are Orange & Black. True or False?
  68. Guide Signs:
    • Guides drivers w/ directions, locations of services, facilities, etc
    • -Rectangular shape
  69. -Green & White: Guide Sign
    • Route, Guide and Information signs;
    • Highway entrances/exits and distances
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  70. -Blue & White: Guide Sign
    • Motorist service signs;
    • Gas stations;
    • Rest stops
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  71. -Brown & White: Guide Sign
    • Historic, Cultural, recreational sites;
    • National parks
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  72. This sign indicates what?
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    T-intersection. The road ahead does not continue.
  73. This sign indicates what?
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    Side road ahead
  74. This sign indicates what?
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    Railroad tracks ahead
  75. This sign indicates what?
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    Left-lane ends
  76. This sign indicates what?
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    You are on a two-way road; Keep right to avoid oncoming traffic
  77. This sign indicates what?
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    Winding road ahead - Road first curves left
  78. This sign indicates what?
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    Pedestrian crossing
  79. The Reverse turn sign. What does this sign mean?
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    Warns of 2 turn in opposite directions. The 2nd turn may be sharper than the first. Maximum suggested speed is 30 mph
  80. This sign indicates what?
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    No left turn allowed at intersection
  81. This sign indicates what?
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    • No parking
    • You may stop “temporarily”  to load/ unload merchandise/passengers
  82. This sign indicates what?
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    No U-turn allowed.
  83. This sign indicates what?
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    Yield; Give right of way to other traffic
  84. This sign indicates what?
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    Children crossing
  85. This sign indicates what?
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    Two-way traffic ahead
  86. This sign indicates what?
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    Divided highway ahead
  87. This sign indicates what?
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    No passing zone
  88. This sign indicates what?
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    Speed advisory
  89. This sign indicates what?
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    School advance warning; entering a school zone
  90. These signs indicate what?
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    Speed Limits
  91. These signs indicate what?
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    Lane control
  92. These signs indicate what?
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    Guide/Service signs
  93. These signs indicate what?
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    Guide/Recreational signs
  94. This sign indicates what?
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    Slow moving vehicle
  95. This sign indicates what?
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    Guide/Destinations and Distance Markers
  96. These signs indicate what?
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    Work zone signs
  97. These signs indicate what?
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    Interstate signs
  98. Remember the most common people who have the Right-Of-Way. 4 groups of people are as follows:
    • -Motorist in the intersection
    • -Cars going right or straight in an intersection
    • -Pedestrians & motorists over cars pulling out of driveways/parking spaces
    • -Car to the right when 2 or more vehicles stop at the same time at the stop sign.
  99. Which 3 vehicles should ALWAYS have the Right-Of-Way no matter what?
    • Emergency vehicles
    • Pedestrians
    • Funeral processions (always)
  100. Maximum speed limit in most CA highways is 55 mph. True or False?
    False. It is 65 mph
  101. You can drive at 70 mph in a highway when posted. True or False?
    Safety zone/Intersection:
    10 mph.
    15 mph
    Blind intersection:
    15 mph  (Cannot see 100 feet in either direction within 100 feet from stop line.)
    Railroad crossing:
    15 mph within 100 feet of crossing. May drive faster when controlled by gates, warning signal, flagger.
    School zones:
    25 mph, while some are as low as 15 mph. (Within 500–1000 feet of a school while children are outside.)
    Business/Residential districts:
    25 mph, unless otherwise posted.
    Two-lane undivided highways:
    55 mph, unless otherwise posted.
  109. It's a misdemeanor to drive in CA without a DL (Driver's License). You can be:
    • Cited
    • Vehicle may be impounded
    • May have to appear in court
  110. On the driving test, you will be asked to locate 5 controls for the vehicle:
    • Headlights
    • Windshield Wipers
    • Defroster
    • Emergency Flashers
    • Parking Brake
  111. After paying & passing all of the necessary requirements towards applying for a DL, you may receive it if you:
    DON'T have outstanding actions on your record
  112. Your license is NOT valid if:
    • It's suspended
    • Cancelled
    • Revoked
  113. If an unlicensed person is caught driving YOUR VEHICLE, it may be what?
    Impounded for 30 days
  114. If you are away from CA (up to one year), you may:
    Request a FREE one-year Extension before your DL expires. Mail request to DMV
  115. When you MOVE, you must notify DMV & give NEW Address within _____ days.
    10 days, Submit DMV 14 Form
  116. Intersections: 3 tips for LEFT Turns
    • - Give right-of-way to motorists driving straight or turning right
    • - Wheels point straight when entering intersection
    • - Turn wheel once it is safe to turn or the red light appears.
  117. Intersections: Tip for RIGHT Turns
    - Do not swing left before turning.
  118. 4 Rules of Roundabouts
    • - Yield the right of way to any pedestrians & bicyclists
    • - Yield to drivers already in the roundabout
    • - Enter the roundabout when the traffic level allows enough space & time
    • - Use turn signals
  119. 3 Rules of Driving on Mountain Roads
    • When two cars meet on a narrow mountain road, the vehicle facing downhill must back up and give right-of-way to vehicle going uphill
    • Vehicle facing downhill has greater amount of control when backing up.
    • Cars facing downhill may not drive until vehicle has driven uphill and past them
  120. 3 tips of Railroad/Light Rail Transit:
    • - ALWAYS Expect a train on any track at any direction
    • - Do not stop on tracks
    • - Stop between 15-50 feet from tracks.
  121. Visually Scanning Road
    • - Scan 10-15 seconds ahead of vehicle
    • - Don’t develop “fixed” stare, Scan rearview mirror every two to five seconds.
  122. Visually Scanning Road: Three Second rule
    Maintain a space cushion.
  123. Visually Scanning Road: Four Second rule
    • Follow when:
    • - On slippery roads
    • - When being tailgated
    • - Following motorcycles on poor road conditions
    • - Towing a trailer
    • - When approaching a bus, school bus, railroad or placarded vehicle.
  124. Visual Search: Stopping
    • - At 35 mph, you need 210 feet to react and stop
    • - At 55 mph, you need 400 feet to react and stop
  125. Visual Search: Knowing what's at your side
    • - Look LEFT then RIGHT before crossing intersections. Don’t rely on traffic signals to stop all drivers
    • - Stay out of another driver’s blind spot
    • - Avoid driving next to another car.
  126. Visual Search: Know what is behind you
    - Check behind you when:

    • - Changing lanes
    • - Reducing speed
    • - Driving down long, steep hills
    • - Backing up.
    Yellow lines:
    Two-way traffic
    White lines:
    One-way traffic
    Broken white line:
    May change lanes and pass when safe
    Broken single line:
    May pass and turn when safe.
    Double solid lines:
    May not cross at any point, most commonly indicates special use lane.
    Dotted white line:
    Guides turning lanes in an intersection.
    Solid line:
    • Discourages lane changes
    • Indicates:
    • --Turning lanes
    • --End of pavement
    • --Stop lines
    • --Parking spaces and crosswalks.
  134. Lane Control: HOV Lanes (High Occupancy Vehicles)
    • - Pavement is marked with a diamond symbol and the words “Carpool lane.”
    • - Signs indicate minimum number of people per vehicle, days and hours for carpool lanes
  135. Lane Control: Turn-out lanes
    • - Use to allow other cars to pass
    • - Available on two-lane roadways
    • - For slower traffic
  136. Lane Control: Center Left-turn lanes
    • -Marked with two yellow lines: Outside: Solid
    • Inside: Broken
    • - In the middle of a two-way street
    • - Can only drive 200 feet
    • - Must drive completely in the lane.
  137. Lane Control: Bike lanes
    • Only enter within 200 feet of making a right turn when there are no bicyclists around.
    • Sharrows: lanes that bicyclists can occupy
  138. A left turn may be made in the middle of a two-way street from the other lane if:
    Permitted by signs or arrows.
  139. TURNS: Right turn
    • - Begin and end the turn in the lane nearest the right-hand curb
    • - Do not swing wide into another lane of traffic
    • - Watch for pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists
    • - Sometimes signs or pavement markings will let you turn right from another lane.
  140. 5 Legal U-Turns
    • - Across double yellow line where legal
    • - In a residential district
    • - Vehicles must be able to see you 200 feet in either direction
    • - At intersection on a green light
    • - On a divided highway, with opening in the center divider.
  141. 6 Illegal U-Turns
    • - Railroad crossings
    • - When you need to cross a divider or two sets of double yellow lines on a highway
    • - When you cannot see clearly in either direction for 200 feet (road or weather conditions)
    • - Where there are no u-Turn Signs
    • - In front of a fire station or its driveway
    • - Business districts.
  142. Hand Signals
    • Left turn: arm extended straight
    • Right turns: arm extended, bent upwards
    • Stopping: arm extended, bent downwards.
  143. This sign indicates what?
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    • No Stopping
    • You may stop “only” in order to obey a traffic sign, signal, officer or to avoid conflicts with other vehicles.
  144. This sign indicates sign?
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    • No Standing Sign
    • You may stop “briefly” to load/ unload passengers
  145. 5 ways that are Illegal to park
    • - Crosswalk, sidewalk, in front of driveway
    • - In the crosshatched space next to handicap parking space
    • - In a tunnel or bridge, unless permitted with signs
    • - 15 feet within a fire hydrant
    • - 7.5 feet from a railroad track
  146. Rules of Headlights
    • - Turn on when windshield wipers are turned on
    • - On frosty mornings
    • - When necessary to get driver’s attention
  147. During Rain & Snow, you should...
    • - Turn on windshield wipers, lowbeams, & defroster
    • - If you can't see 100 feet ahead of you, reduce speed to 30 mph
    • - Put on chains before driving in the snow
  148. Tips for driving in Hills
    • - Only pass a vehicle if a hill/curve is at least 1/3 of a mile away
    • - There's many blind pockets within hill areas
    • - Use your horn, as you round hazardous curves to let the other drivers know
    • - Do not drive on the left side of the road when coming to a curve or top of the hill.
  149. 2 things you must do when Using Your Signal
    • - Signal 100 feet before making turn
    • - Wait five seconds before changing lane
  150. When to use Hand-Over-Hand Steering
    • - Parking
    • - Performing sharp right turns
    • - Correcting a skid.
  151. Using a Horn
    • Use when necessary, to avoid collisions and on narrow mountain roads
    • To get "eye contact"
  152. Do NOT use Horn when:
    • - Driver/Bicyclist is moving slowly & you want them to drive faster/get out of your way. They may not be able to safely go faster due to illness, being lost, intoxication, or mechanical problems with the vehicle.
    • - When angry or upset
    • - To alert other drivers of mistakes
    • - Horns sound louder outside of car and can startle drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  153. Safe Driving: Following Distances
    • - If you see problem drivers, increase the following distance for a bigger space cushion
    • - Take dangers one at a time
    • - Apply “Splitting the difference” principle. (If one danger is greater than the other, give the most room to most dangerous situation. Ex: Child on a bike)
  154. Safe Driving: Electronic Wireless Communications
    Drivers 18 or older can use an electronic wireless communications device if voice-operated, if it’s hands-free to dictate, and can send or listen to text-based communications while driving
  155. Merging into a lane
    • - Signal and wait for a gap (about half a block long is ideal)
    • - Do not stop before merging into freeway traffic.
  156. 4 Facts on Motorcycles on the road
    • - Road conditions pose major hazards to motorcyclists
    • - Allow 4 second following distance
    • - Give motorcyclists a full lane width
    • - They are small and difficult to judge how fast they move, expect sudden movements and look for them in your blind spot when turning.
  157. Bicyclists and Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as _____________
    Automobile drivers
  158. When passing another vehicle, it's safe to return to your lane if you:
    See the vehicle's headlights in your rear view mirror
  159. Dim your headlights for oncoming vehicles or when you are within 300 feet of a vehicle:
    You're approaching from behind
  160. When you enter traffic from a stop (away from the curb), you:
    Need a large enough gap to get up to speed of moving traffic
  161. Bicycles
    • - Give a minimum of 3 feet distance between bicyclists when passing.
    • - Bicyclists are entitled to share the road with motor vehicles
    • - Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic
  162. Pedestrians should walk on the left side of the roadway if there is no sidewalk (footpath) BECAUSE:
    You would be giving way to oncoming traffic. That way you can better prepare yourself while visually seeing cars coming towards you as oppose to cars sneaking up on you from behind.
  163. Emergency Vehicles
    • - Drive to RIGHT EDGE of road, stop, & stay until emergency vehicles pass
    • - If you are already in an intersection and they're approaching, cross through and pull over anyway
    • - Ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks have Right-Of-Way if the siren's on
    • - Don’t pass an emergency vehicle if there isn't a 3rd lane to leave cushion room between the 2 of you.
    • - Vehicles are required to slow down and move over a lane to an approaching emergency vehicle/tow trucks with amber flashing lights.
  164. Sharing the road with: Slow-moving Vehicles
    • - Tractors, animal-drawn carts and road maintenance vehicles that travel 25 mph or less will have an orange triangular affixed to the back
    • - Horse-drawn vehicles and riders of animals are entitled to share the road
    • - It is a traffic offense to scare horses or stampede livestock.
  165. Besides always obeying construction and officer officials, you should still:
    Obey signs until you pass the one that states you have left the work zone.
  166. Trucks take longer to stop which means they need to drive at ____ mph & need _____ feet to stop
    55 mph, 800 feet
  167. DO NOT do the following when driving around Trucks:
    • - Cut off a truck
    • - Linger alongside a truck when passing
    • - Tailgate
    • - Underestimate the size/speed
  168. 5 issues when Dealing with Traffic Congestion
    • - Rubbernecking (Stopping & staring unnecessarily at things be the freeway/road)
    • - Tailgating (Driving too closely behind a vehicle)
    • - Inattention
    • - Unnecessary lane changes
    • - Operating a poorly-maintained or malfunctioning vehicle, or running out of fuel.
  169. When to Drive Slower around Aggressive Drivers & Road Rage: General Rules
    • - Before entering a curve (braking mid-curve can cause skidding)
    • - Driving in heavy traffic
    • - Through parking lots and downtown areas
    • - Over narrow bridges and through tunnels
    • - Through toll plazas
    • - Near schools, playgrounds and residential areas
  170. Driving Tips: Skid on Slippery Roads
    Ease of gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
  171. Slowing down on Slippery Roads
    • - Wet roads: reduce speed by 5-10 mph. The roads are most slippery the first several minutes of rain on a hot day. Avoid making fast turns & fast stops
    • - Packed snow: reduce speed by half
    • - Ice: Slow to a crawl. Most often occurs on bridges, overpasses and in the shade of trees and buildings.
  172. 3 Driving TIPS: Fog
    • - If necessary, Pull over
    • - Stay as far right as possible when a vehicle with one light is behind you
    • - Do not change lanes.
  173. Driving Tips: High Winds
    • - Reduce speeds
    • - Maintain a strong grip on the steering wheel so winds don’t jerk the car around
    • - Be alert for debris and litter
    • - Do not use cruise control
    • - Be proactive; if it’s too dangerous to continue, pull over and wait the storm out
  174. MAJOR CAUSES of Collisions
    • Driver distraction
    • Unsafe speed
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road
    • Improper turns
    • Violating the right-of-way rules
    • Violating stop signs and signs
  175. Alcohol & Drugs: 0.01% or higher BAC
    • If under 21 is illegal -- Over 21 is pass
    • At any age under DUI probation is illegal
  176. Alcohol & Drugs: 0.04% or higher BAC
    In any commercial vehicle (Direct TV guy) with or without a CDL (Cali Driv. License) issued to driver Under or Over 21 is illegal.
  177. Alcohol & Drugs: 0.08% or higher BAC
    If 21 or older is illegal
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2018-08-23 23:54:32
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