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Question One: True or False? By state law, you must stop when a school bus is flashing red light.
The answer is true. You must stop whether you're approaching or following the bus. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean explains, "The only exception is when the bus stops on the other side of a divided roadway like a median for example." Not stopping could cost you a fine up to $1,000.
Question Two: True or False? The driver who gets to a four way stop sign first has the right of way.
The answer is true. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "The one that gets there first gets to go first. If two or more cars arrive at the same time, let the car to your right, cross the intersection first. Not everybody knows this rule. So when in doubt, be patient and motion to the other driver to proceed." The same rule also applies to flashing four way red lights and unmarked intersections.
Question Three: True or False? You are driving behind a truck and you can't see the driver's reflection in his or her side mirrors, the truck driver can't see you.
The answer is true. Just because you can see them, doesn't mean they can see you. Trooper Dean says, "Trucks have large blind spots along each side and directly behind the trailer and in front of the tractor. These areas are called the no-zone. When you're driving in any of these blind spots, your car disappears from the truck drivers view.
Question Four: True or False? You're allowed to drive on the shoulder and let a faster vehicle pass you on a two-lane road.
True. It is legal and commonly referred to as Texas courtesy. Trooper Wilson says, "You can drive on the shoulder long enough to let them by. By doing so, you shorten the time that a passing vehicle must drive in the opposite or oncoming lane. That's safer for everyone and it cuts down on frustration, too.
Question Five: True or False? You can get a ticket for driving at or below the posted speed limit.
The answer is true. You can get a ticket when road conditions make it unsafe to drive the posted speed limit. Trooper Wilson says, "The violation is called unsafe speed and whether it's because of rain, fog,ice or even heavy traffic, always base your speed on conditions."
No matter the road conditions, it's best to drive safely and cautiously at all times.
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