Take the July Driving Quiz - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/18/05

Take the July Driving Quiz

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15 million Texans are licensed to drive. A Texas Department of Transportation survey found the top pet peeve among Texas drivers. What is the top pet peeve among Texas drivers? Tailgaters, speeders or distracted drivers?

The answer is distracted drivers. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "Driver inattention is blamed for nearly one in every three wrecks. Give a distracted driver plenty of room, maintain a safe following distance and don't respond to someone else's inattention by driving aggressively or speeding. You're encouraged to give driving 100% of your attention 100% of the time.

Mini-motorcycles called pocket bikes or pocket rockets are becoming popular. Some can go up to 50 miles per hour. Where is it illegal to ride these bikes? On public streets, on sidewalks or on both streets and sidewalks?

It's only legal to ride pocket bikes on private property. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "There are a lot of safety issues with these bikes too. Because they're so low to the ground, they are nearly invisible to other motorists and because some can travel at high speeds, there's no room for error when it comes to bumps or other hazards on the ground." The bikes can not be registered as vehicles and they do not meet equipment standards required by state and federal law.

AAA surveyed drivers and found this to be the biggest problem on vehicles. Was it tires, incorrect fluid levels or belts and hoses?

The correct answer is tires. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "Here's a simple way to check tread. Put a penny head down in the tire tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tread is worn and you need a new tire." Experts recommend checking tire pressure monthly. You should also rotate your tires every 5,000 miles and routinely check for tread wear.

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