Take The July Driving Quiz - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/04

Take The July Driving Quiz

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Failure to signal or giving the wrong signal results in nearly 800 auto crashes each year. You can be fined for not signaling your turns or lane changes which brings us to the first question. Approximately, how far in advance of making a move should you start your turn signal?

A. 50 feet

B. 75 Feet

C. 100 Feet

The correct answer is C, 100 feet. That's about four or five car lengths. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "Always signal well before you turn or change lanes. A couple of clicks is not good enough. That doesn't give the other driver enough warning to react to what you're going to do. Keep your signal on until after completing your turn or lane change" There are three instances when to use your turn signal; when you're turning, changing lanes and when you're stopped and preparing to merge back into traffic.

Signal or not, 2,500 people are killed or seriously injured in the U.S. each year in auto and train collisions. When a vehicle crashes with a train, you're thirty-times more likely to die than in any other highway collisions. How much distance is needed to stop a 150 car freight train traveling at 50 miles per hour.

A. Half-mile

B. Mile

C. Mile and a half

The correct answer is C., mile and a half. Trooper Wilson says, "That's the length of nearly twenty-seven football fields and that's assuming the engineer can see you in the first place. Another fact about trains is a train extends three feet beyond the tracks on both sides, so at a crossing, never stop too close to an oncoming train." Always look both ways before driving across railroad tracks and never ever stop on a railroad when you're waiting for a red light.

True or False: Air bags are lifesavers but they activate with high impact and can pose a threat to children.

The answer is true. Trooper Wilson says, "The center of the back seat is the safest place for children and of course they must always be properly secured in a child safety seat or with a safety belt. Since airbags can deploy at up to 200 mph you should never place a rear facing infant seat in front of an airbag." Adults also face risks with airbags. Shorter drivers should sit at least ten inches away from the a steering column that contains an airbag.

The best place for a child to ride in a car is in the center of the back seat.

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