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Would You Pass The Drivers License Test If You Took It Now?

Four or more incorrect answers, and you're done! Think carefully before sharing this with any bad drivers you know, unless you want them asking for rides for the rest of their lives.

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    Yield to any approaching emergency vehicles.
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    Look both directions before proceeding.
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    Come to a full stop before proceeding.
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    Slow down and be prepared to come to a full stop if necessary.
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    Slow down and be prepared to stop!

    From the California Driver Handbook: "A three-sided red YIELD sign indicates that you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian pass before you proceed."

    Slow down and be prepared to stop!
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    A red traffic signal.
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    A stop sign.
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    A police officer.
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    A blinking red traffic signal.
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    A traffic officer!

    From the New York Driver's Manual: "Directions given by traffic officers take precedence over signs, signals or pavement markings. If a traffic officer signals you to stop at a green light, for example, you must stop. If an officer signals you to drive through a red light or stop sign, you must do it."

    A traffic officer!
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    Speed up to make it through the intersection before the light turns red.
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    Stop abruptly before entering the intersection.
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    Come to a stop when the light turns red, even if you’re in the intersection.
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    Slow down, and be prepared to stop before entering the intersection.
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    Slow down, and be prepared to stop"

    From the California Driver Handbook: A yellow signal light means "CAUTION. The red signal is about to appear." When you see the yellow light, stop if you can do so safely. If you cannot stop safely, cross the intersection cautiously."

    Slow down, and be prepared to stop"
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    To pass a slow-moving vehicle in your lane.
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    To pass a group of motorcycles.
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    To turn left into a driveway.
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    It’s never acceptable to cross a double solid line.
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    Only to turn left into a driveway!

    From the New York Driver's Manual: "Double solid lines: You can not pass or change lanes. You can not go across the lines except to turn left to enter or leave the highway (e.g., to or from a driveway or to do a U-turn.)"

    Only to turn left into a driveway!
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    Prepare for merging traffic.
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    Pedestrian crossing ahead.
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    Be prepared to stop.
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    Proceed with caution.
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    Proceed with caution!

    From the California Driver Handbook: "Flashing Yellow–A flashing yellow signal light warns you to “PROCEED WITH CAUTION.” You do not need to stop for a flashing yellow light, but you must slow down and be especially alert before entering the intersection."

    Proceed with caution!
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    It’s your turn to go.
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    It’s your turn to go, but only if the intersection is clear.
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    It’s your turn to go, even when doing so would cause a collision.
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    It’s your turn to go, even if pedestrians are crossing illegally.
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    Go, but carefully!

    From the New York Driver’s Manual: STEADY GREEN: Go, but yield the right-of-way to other traffic at the intersection as required by law."

    Go, but carefully!
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    The lane is about to become a one-way lane.
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    There is a divided highway ahead.
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    The divided highway is about to end.
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    There is a bump in the road ahead.
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    Divided highway ends!

    From the back cover of the New York Driver’s Manual: This sign indicates that a divided highway ends.

    Divided highway ends!
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    The smaller vehicle.
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    The vehicle on the right.
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    The vehicle on the left.
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    Whichever vehicle is making a turn.
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    The vehicle to the left!

    From the New York Driver’s Manual: "At intersections not controlled by signs or signals, or where two or more drivers stop at STOP signs at the same time and they are at right angles, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right."

    The vehicle to the left!
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    Begin signaling when you reach the turn.
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    50 feet before the turn.
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    100 feet before the turn.
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    Only if there is a car behind you.
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    100 feet!

    From the California driver handbook: "Begin signaling about 100 feet before the turn. Look over your right shoulder and reduce your speed. Stop behind the limit line. Look both ways and turn when it is safe. Do not turn wide into another lane. Complete your turn in the right lane."

    100 feet!
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    Only if the guide dog is leading the pedestrian across a street or intersection.
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    Only if the pedestrian is following traffic signals.
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    Only after honking to let the pedestrian know you’ve stopped.
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    At all times.
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    At all times!

    From the California driver handbook: "Pedestrians using guide dogs or white canes with or without a red tip must be given the right-of-way at all times. These pedestrians are partially or totally blind."

    At all times!
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    Only if no children are crossing in the road.
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    Only if you are in the other lane facing the front of the bus.
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    Only if the bus is on the other side of a divided highway.
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    It is never acceptable to pass a bus with flashing red lights.
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    Only if the bus is on the other side of a highway!

    From the California driver handbook: "When the bus flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing. If you fail to stop, you may be fined up to $1,000 and your driving privilege could be suspended for one year. If the school bus is on the other side of a divided or multilane highway (two or more lanes in each direction), you do not need to stop."

    Only if the bus is on the other side of a highway!
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    Slow down and stay in your lane.
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    Honk at them and speed up.
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    Pull to your right to make it easier for them to pass.
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    Maintain your current speed and allow them to pass.
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    Slow down and stay in your lane!

    From the New York driver’s manual: "If another vehicle passes you on the left, decrease speed slightly and keep to the right. When the vehicle has safely passed and is ahead of you, continue your normal speed."

    Slow down and stay in your lane!
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    Must be moved in a vehicle that can accommodate its length.
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    Must be marked with a red flag or light.
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    Must be tethered to the rear bumper of your vehicle.
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    Doesn’t legally need to marked or indicated.
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    A red flag or light!

    From the California driver handbook: "Cargo extending more than 4 feet from the back of the vehicle must display a 12-inch red or fluorescent orange square flag or two red lights at night."

    A red flag or light!
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    .04% - Four hundredths of one percent
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    .08% - Eight hundredths of one percent
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    .10% - One tenth of one percent
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    1% - One percent
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    .08% - Eight hundredths of one percent!

    From the New York driver’s manual: "A BAC of more than .05 percent is legal evidence that you are impaired, a BAC of .08 percent or higher is evidence of intoxication, and a BAC of .18 percent or more is evidence of aggravated driving while intoxicated."

    .08% - Eight hundredths of one percent!
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    Marijuana.
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    Controlled drugs that may cause hallucinations.
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    Over the counter medications that may cause drowsiness.
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    All of the above.
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    All of the above!

    From the California driver handbook: "The use of any drug (the law does not distinguish between prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal drugs) which impairs your ability to drive safely is illegal."

    All of the above!
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    Time to let your body process the alcohol.
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    A big meal with lots of carbs.
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    A cold shower.
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    Drinking lots of water.
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    Time!

    From the New York driver’s manual: "The only method to effectively reduce your BAC is not to drink over a period of time. Coffee, exercise and cold showers can not reduce your BAC and the effects of alcohol. They can help you remain awake, but it can not change your BAC or make you sober."

    Time!
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    Around 30 minutes.
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    Around 1 hour.
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    Around 10 hours.
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    About 1 day.
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    About an hour!

    From the New York driver’s manual: "For a 150-pound male, each one of these drinks contains enough alcohol to increase his BAC by about .02 percent. On average, it takes the body approximately one hour to remove that much alcohol. Studies indicate that a woman will take longer to process and remove alcohol from the blood. This can cause a higher BAC over a longer period of time."

    About an hour!
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    It’s in the glove compartment.
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    The driver isn’t drinking from it.
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    It’s in the trunk.
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    It’s empty.
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    In the trunk!

    From the California driver handbook: "A container of liquor, beer, or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed, and unopened. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle."

    In the trunk!
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    Wearing headphones or a headset that covers both ears.
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    Having interior lights on.
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    Eating.
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    Listening to a radio too loudly.
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    Headphones!

    From the California driver handbook: "Even people with good hearing cannot hear well if the radio or CD player is blaring. Do not wear a headset or earplugs in both ears while driving; it is against the law."

    Headphones!
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    Slam the brakes and hold the wheel straight.
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    Let go of the wheel and press the brakes until they lock.
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    Try to steer your car off the road or onto dry ground.
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    Point the front wheels in the direction the vehicle is moving.
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    Point your front wheels in the direction the vehicle is moving.

    From the New York driver’s manual: "If your rear wheels start to skid, turn the steering wheel in the direction the vehicle is trying to go. If your rear wheels slide left, steer left. If they slide right, steer right."

    Point your front wheels in the direction the vehicle is moving.
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Questions and responses adapted from practice tests and driving manuals issued by the New York State and California State Departments of Motor Vehicles.

 
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