Test Your Road Skills with the October Driving Quiz - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/17/05

Test Your Road Skills with the October Driving Quiz

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How big is the blind spot or "no zone" behind an eighteen wheeler? Is it 100 feet or 200 feet? 

The answer is 200 trucks have large blind spots in front, along each side and directly behind the trailer. These areas are called no zones. DPS Trooper Robyn Wilson says, "When you're driving in any of these blind spots, your car disappears from the truck driver's view. If the truck driver, had to change lanes or stop suddenly, and you can't be seen."

Travel along a Texas highway and you'll see a familiar sign, left lane for passing only. What is the penalty for continuously driving in the left lane? A fine up to $50 or $200?

The answer is up to $200. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "By continually driving in the left lane, motorists create potentially dangerous situations. It's safest to stay in the middle or right lanes on the highway unless you're passing a slower vehicle."

Airbags are lifesavers but you can get injured when the airbag deflates. Where should you keep your hands on the steering wheel to prevent injury?  10 o'clock and 2 o'clock or at the 9' o'clock and 3 o'clock positions?

The answer is at nine o'clock and three o'clock. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "It's also recommended that when you adjust your steering wheel, point the airbag at your chest, not your chin." If you have an airbag, you should also sit at least ten inches from the steering column.

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