Important Traffic Safety Concepts
The most important thing to learn from this course is to drive defensively.
If convicted of going 65 in a 55 mph zone, you will get four points added to your driving record.
The majority of collisions occur because drivers behave badly.
In a two-car rear-end collision, the driver who hits the car in front is legally at fault.
On a two-lane divided highway, the maximum speed limit is 65 mph.
A safe speed to drive your car depends on the weather and road conditions.
A speed faster than 70 mph on the interstate is never legal.
The prima facie speed limit is the limit suitable under current conditions.
The speed limit in school zones when children are present is 25 mph.
Your body will be initially thrown backward if your car is hit from the rear.
Children 12 years old and younger are safest in the back seat.
When a speeding driver is tailgating you, you should pull over to the right and let the driver pass.
Most collisions occur within 2.5 miles of home.
Bicyclists younger than 18 years must wear a helmet.
You must yield the right of way to an approaching vehicle when you are turning left.
If you are involved in a collision, the first thing you must do is stop.
On a wide street, you can proceed through an intersection once a pedestrian is a safe distance from your side of the street.
If two cars approach an uncontrolled intersection at the same time, the car approaching on the right has the right of way.
Pedestrian collisions typically occur in urban areas.
A controlled intersection has either traffic lights, traffic signs, or control officers.
One in six traffic fatalities is a pedestrian.
IPDE stands for Identify, Predict, Decide, and Execute.
A motorist who is crossing the bicycle lane to make a right turn must give the right of way to bicyclists.
A curb painted white means you can park only to drop off or pick up passengers.
When driving in the city, drivers should look approximately 600 feet ahead.
If you come to an intersection that is blocked by traffic, you should stay out of the intersection until you can completely pass through.
Blocking an intersection during "rush hour" traffic is never permitted.
Use your turn signal at least 100 feet before making a right turn.
A dashed white or yellow line in the center of the road means you may pass if it is safe to do so.
Two solid yellow lines in the center of the road means you can never pass.
The three-second rule is a way to ensure a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
A U-turn is illegal across unpaved meridians on a highway.
Carpool lanes are marked with a diamond symbol.
When driving in foggy conditions, you should use low beam headlights.
A driver who is taking a non-prescription drug should read the labels on the drug before driving.
Your wheels must be within 12 inches of the curb when parking along a curb.
Drinking coffee after drinking alcohol has no effect on blood alcohol content.
Drivers should look ahead 10-15 seconds to see what is coming.
On average, the human body can dispose of the alcohol in 12 ounces of beer in about one hour.
You may not park in a disabled parking space unless your vehicle displays a disabled placard or disabled license plate.
When you want to pass another vehicle, you should pass on the left.
You may pass another vehicle on the right if it is waiting to turn left.
Orange colored signs and flags can mean be alert for changing road conditions.
You need not stop for a school bus that is flashing red lights if you are on the opposite side of a divided highway.
A flashing red traffic light at an intersection means you must stop before entering.
Green signs provide guidance regarding the names of streets and distances to exits.
Blue signs provide information about nearby services.
Regulatory signs are red and white or white and black.
You should dim your car's high beams when you are within 500 feet of an approaching vehicle.
The best way to prevent road rage is to not be aggressive yourself and avoid those who are driving aggressively.