★ Sharing the Road with Trucks 2 -Defensive Driving Answers

Question: Large trucks making wide turns often get into collisions because _____.
A.) their drivers do not pay attention to where they are going
B.) other drivers try to get between the truck and the curb
C.) they lack the power to keep up with the flow of traffic
D.) they require a greater stopping distance

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they require a greater stopping distance

Question: Tailgating greatly increases your chances of a __________ collision with a truck.
A.) passenger side
B.) driver side
C.) head on
D.) rear-end

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rear-end

Question: When passing or being passed by trucks you should
A.) beep the horn to let them know you are there.
B.) flash your lights to alert them of your presence.
C.) keep both hands on the steering wheel.
D.) choices B and C are correct.

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choices B and C are correct.

Question: A blind spot is
A.) when you can’t be seen by other cars.
B.) when you can’t see around a corner.
C.) when you are driving into the sun.
D.) an area of the roadway you cannot see from the driver’s seat.

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an area of the roadway you cannot see from the driver’s seat.

Question: The blind spots that can’t be seen without glancing over your shoulder are indicated by the __________ in this image.
A.) arrows
B.) gray zones
C.) rear white zone
D.) none of the above

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gray zones

Question: You are driving in traffic on a road with two or more lanes in each direction. You should
A.) Always drive a little slower than the speed limit, to make sure you never get a speeding ticket.
B.) Drive beside or just behind another vehicle, in their "draft", to improve your gas mileage.
C.) Avoid driving in someone else's blind spot. Speed up or drop back so the other driver can see you.

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Avoid driving in someone else's blind spot. Speed up or drop back so the other driver can see you.

Question: Before changing lanes, check your blind spots by looking __________
A.) in your side view mirrors.
B.) in your rear view mirror.
C.) over your shoulder.
D.) all of the above

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over your shoulder.

Question: The red shaded areas in this image are known as __________ zones.
A.) red-
B.) blind-
C.) no-
D.) danger-

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no-

EXPLANATION: The “No-Zone”: Blind Spots. Although most large vehicles have several rearview mirrors, it is easy for a car, motorcycle or bicycle to be hidden in a large vehicle’s blind spot. Do not follow closely behind a truck or a bus. When driving near a large vehicle, be aware of the driver’s blind spots on the right, left, front and behind.
# Rear Blind Spots. Unlike passenger cars, trucks and buses have deep blind spots directly behind them. Tailgating greatly increases your chances of a rear-end collision with a commercial vehicle.
# Unsafe Passing. Another “No Zone” is just in front of trucks and buses. When passing a bus or truck, be sure you can see the cab in your rearview mirror before pulling in front.
# Wide Right Turns. Truck and bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left in order to safely negotiate a right turn. They cannot see cars directly behind or beside them. Cutting in between the commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right increases the possibility of a crash.
# Backing Up. When a truck is backing up, it sometimes must block the street to maneuver its trailer accurately. Never cross behind a truck that is preparing to back up or is in the process of doing so. Remember, most trailers are eight and a half feet wide and can completely hide objects that suddenly come between them and loading areas. Automobile drivers attempting to pass behind a truck enter a blind spot for both drivers.

Question: Passing involves the use of your signals, ____________, and physically turning your head to check your blind spots.
A.) Horn
B.) Mirrors
C.) Passengers
D.) Brakes

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Mirrors

Question: Before beginning a pass the driver does not need to look into their blind spot.
A.) TRUE
B.) FALSE

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FALSE

Question: Driver should be aware that larger vehicles need _________ room when turning.
A.) less
B.) more
C.) about the same

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more

Question: Even if you can't see a large truck driver in their mirrors, they can see you.
A.) TRUE
B.) FALSE

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FALSE
If you can't see the truck driver in their side mirror, they can't see you either.

Question: __________ your following distance when driving a motor home or towing a trailer.
A.) Quadruple
B.) Triple
C.) Double
D.) Halve

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Double

EXPLANATION: # Minimum Safe Following Distances
# Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead, including bicycles. If it stops quickly, you will need time to see the danger and stop.
# Using the Two-Second Rule
# At any speed, you can use the two-second rule to see if you are far enough behind the car in front of you:
# Watch the vehicle ahead pass some fixed point - an overpass, sign, fence corner, or other marker.
# Count off the seconds it takes you to reach the same spot in the road (“one thousand and one, one thousand and two…”).
# If you reach the mark before you finish counting, you are following too closely. Slow down and check your following distance again.
# The two-second rule applies to any speed in good weather and road conditions. If road or weather conditions are not good, double your following distance. You should also double your following distance when driving a motor home or towing a trailer.
# Following Distance For Trucks
# A truck or any vehicle towing another vehicle may not follow within 300 feet of another truck or vehicle towing a vehicle. This law does not apply to overtaking and passing, and it does not apply within cities or towns.

Question: Keep in mind when driving behind a big rig, these trucks weigh _____ and therefore cannot stop quickly.
A.) too much
B.) 30 - 40 tons
C.) 1500 pounds
D.) 1 - 2 tons
E.) less than you think

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30 - 40 tons

Question: If a big rig is approaching an uncontrolled intersection, a smart thing to do before pulling out in front of it is to:
A.) honk your horn
B.) flash your lights
C.) spin your wheels
D.) wait for the truck to pass through the intersection
E.) use hand signals

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wait for the truck to pass through the intersection

Question: How can you be sure that you are not in a trucker’s blind spot?
A.) ask him
B.) drive with your high beams on
C.) keep his tail lights in your sight
D.) be able to see the truck driver in his side mirror
E.) be sure he knows you're in the blind spot

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be able to see the truck driver in his side mirror

Question: A VW bug is no match for a Mack truck traveling at a similar speed.
A.) TRUE
B.) FALSE

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True

Question: A VW bug can absorb enough force to equal the force generated by a Mack truck if it is hit just right.
A.) TRUE
B.) FALSE

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False

Question: It is easy to underestimate the speed of an oncoming truck because of its:
A.) air brakes.
B.) "no zones."
C.) large size.
D.) "wind effect."

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large size.

Question: Air brakes in some trucks have a ______ second lag time before they engage.
➜ Air brakes on a truck have a lag time of how many seconds
➜ Air brakes on a truck have a lag time of how long
➜ Air brakes on a truck have how much lag time
A.) 3
B.) 5
C.) 1
D.) 2

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1
Air brakes in some trucks have a ½ of a second (1/2 of a second) to one second lag time before they engage.

Question: Cargo areas of trucks are dangerous for passengers to ride in for what two reasons
ANS: Increased risk of being thrown from cargo area during accidents and Increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

Question: You are driving on a two-lane highway and are passing a large truck. If the driver of the truck blinks his lights, it means
➜ You are driving on a two lane highway and are passing a large truck if the driver blinks his lights
A.) It is clear for you to pull back in.
B.) You must not pull back in yet.
C.) The truck driver sees something wrong with your vehicle, such as a flat tire.

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It is clear for you to pull back in.

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