Defensive driving course test questions and answers

Question: After passing another vehicle, when is it safe to pull back into the lane?
A. When you think there is an adequate “cushion” of space
B. When you look in the rearview mirror and see the other car’s tires
C. When the car flashes its headlights at you
D. None of the above

ANSWER: When you look in the rearview mirror and see the other car’s tires
HINT: Or, at higher speeds, when you can seen some road in front of the other car’s tires.

Question: You are in a truck's NO-ZONE if you can see the drivers face in the truck side mirrors
ANSWER: False

Question: Under normal circumstances (daylight with dry roads), a safe following distance is:
A. One car length for every 10 miles of speed
B. 3 seconds
C. 2 seconds
D. Both a and b are correct

ANSWER: 3 seconds
According to the National Safety Council this will give you a safety cushion of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Question: In the event of a collision, wearing a seatbelt increases your chances of surviving by more than 50%.
ANSWER: True

Question: When driving in fog, you should use your:
A. Low beams
B. High beams
C. Fog lights only
D. Both a and b are correct

ANSWER: Low beams
HINT: High beams reflect back off the fog and cause glare. Fog lights alone do not provide sufficient light AND the level of light is too low to the ground. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin DOT all agree that driving with low beams or a combination of low beams and fog lights gives better visibility in the fog.

Question: One of the dangers of night driving is that darkness impairs your ability to judge distances, movements, and colors.
ANSWER: True

Question: When driving, how far ahead should you scan the road?
A. Focus your eyes just past the hood ornament
B. Look to the horizon
C. Scan about a city block to a mile ahead
D. None of the above

ANSWER: Scan about a city block to a mile ahead
HINT: In urban areas, scan about a city block ahead or ¼ mile ahead of your vehicle. In rural or highway driving, scan about ½ to 1 mile ahead. Remember, the greater your speed, the faster you will approach a danger; hence the greater the need to scan farther ahead.

Question: You may pass on the right of another vehicle:
A. Never
B. On a multilane highway with two or more lanes of traffic in the same direction
C. If the other vehicle is making, or about to make, a left turn and a lane or shoulder is provided to pass on the right
D. Both b and c are correct

ANSWER: Both B and C are correct
HINT: On a multilane highway with two or more lanes of traffic in the same direction or if the other vehicle is making, or about to make, a left turn and the lane, shoulder or pavement on the right is free and clear of obstructions enabling you to pass safely.

Question: True or False: All of the following are defensive driving techniques: speeding up to avoid being passed, following your vehicle maintenance schedule, making sure your tires are in good condition, driving slowly in the slow lane when talking on your cellphone.
A. True
B. False

ANSWER: False

Question: Which of the following is a type of aggressive driving?
A. Closing the gap in front of you to prevent another car from merging into your lane
B. Accelerating quickly at an intersection to “beat” the car beside you
C. Driving slowly in the far left lane to force other drivers to slow down
D. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above

Question: The best way to keep from hydroplaning on wet roads is to:
A. Drive around all puddles
B. Slow down
C. Apply the brakes firmly
D. Both a and c are correct

ANSWER: Slow down

Question: A pedestrian is crossing your lane. He is crossing against the light and there is no crosswalk. You:
A. May carefully drive around the pedestrian
B. Must safely yield the right of way and let the pedestrian cross the street, even if the pedestrian is crossing against the light
C. May slow down and proceed as long as you can maintain three feet of distance between your vehicle and the pedestrian
D. None of the above

ANSWER: Must safely yield the right of way and let the pedestrian cross the street, even if the pedestrian is crossing against the light

Question: The two components of defensive driving are:
a. You and the road
b. You and your vehicle
c. You and other drivers
d. Both b and c

ANSWER: You and your vehicle

Question: When parking uphill on a two-way street, your car’s front wheels should:
a. Turn to the right
b. Turn to the left
c. Point straight ahead
d. Rest against an obstacle at the edge of the roadway

ANSWER: Turn to the left
HINT: Turn to the left because it causes them to make contact with the curb and use the curb as a chock to stop your vehicle.

Question: You and other vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. You should treat it as if which sign is present?
A. A stop sign
B. A warning sign
C. A yield sign
D. A construction sign

ANSWER: A stop sign
HINT: A lone driver approaching an uncontrolled intersection may treat the intersection as if a YIELD sign is present: You should cover your brake and go slow enough to stop if someone else is approaching. This then represents an imaginary yield sign (slow and proceed).

Question: Road hazards, poor weather, vehicle collisions, and conflict are some of the worst possible conditions a driver can face
ANSWER: True

Question: Which are defensive driving techniques for rural and interstate driving?
a. Scanning the road just ahead of your hood
b. Looking for road hazards
c. Scanning ½-1 mile ahead
d. Both b and c

ANSWER: Both b and c

Question: Fog, snow, and rain can reduce visibility and increase the risk of accidents and breakdowns.
ANSWER: True

Question: Passing has the following potential hazards:
a. Being hit head-on.
b. Being sideswiped.
c. Being run off the road.
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above

Question: One of the dangers of driving in snow and ice is a decreased chance of skidding.
ANSWER: False

Question: Yellow or fluorescent green signs in the shape of a diamond, a pennant or a pentagon mean:
A. Warning
B. Work zone
C. Route marking
D. Railroad crossing

ANSWER: Warning.
HINT: They warn you to slow down and be prepared to stop; of upcoming intersections; of different types of highways, curves; of traffic; etc.

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