Take the September Driving Test - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/19/05

Take the September Driving Test

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Child safety seats are designed to protect children in a traffic crash but they can't do their job unless they're used properly. According to Texas law, up to what age must a child ride in a safety seat in a vehicle?

A. Up to 5-years-old
B. Up to 4-years-old

The answer is A. Up to 5-years-old. September 1st, a new law went into effect raising the age requirement to five. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson reminds us, "Here are some important things to check for on your child's booster seat. Use them only with a lap and shoulder belt. Make sure the shoulder belt crosses the center of the chest. And make sure there's appropriate head protection." Violating child passenger safety laws could result in fines up to $200.

Using cruise control during wet weather is as safe as using cruise control during dry conditions.

True or False

The answer is false. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "Using your cruise control when roads are slippery from rain. The reason. Your tires may spin due to a loss of traction and by the time you disengage the cruise control you may have lost control of your vehicle." Using cruise control on wet roads can lead to hyrdroplaning.

When are older drivers most likely to be involved in crashes?

A. When they are driving on an interstate.
B. When they are backing up.
C. When they are turning left.

The correct answer is C. When they are turning left. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean, "Most wrecks caused by older drivers tend to be the result of failing to yield the right of way or not responding properly to stop signs or traffic lights."  AAA  has a new tool for seniors to test their mental and physical abilities to identify potential problems.

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