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Chapter 10

Special Driving Conditions

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Chapter 10 - Special Driving Conditions Practice Quiz
Please note! - This quiz is intended to help you prepare for the types of questions you will be asked on the written test. The questions on the actual test may vary.

Road sign 5This sign is a warning that you are approaching
An intersection.
A crosswalk.
A railroad crossing.
A blasting zone.

What vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings
Pick up trucks.
School buses and passenger buses carrying passengers.
Vehicles towing a trailer.

What is the appropriate action to take when approaching a railroad crossing that does not have signals (such as lights or crossing gates)
Always bring the car to a complete stop.
Slow down and be prepared to stop.
Do nothing; all railroad crossings have signals.
Increase speed to get across the tracks quickly.

If traffic prevents you from crossing all the way across a set of railroad tracks, you may proceed only when
An approaching train is not moving fast enough to be a danger.
There is room for your vehicle on the other side.
At least one-half of your vehicle can cross the tracks.
No trains are in sight.

If an approaching train is near enough or going fast enough to be a danger, you must
Slow down and proceed with caution.
Not cross the tracks until the train has completely passed.
Cross the tracks at your own risk.
Find an alternative route across tracks.

You may drive around or under a gate that is being lowered or raised at a railroad crossing
As long as an approaching train is not too close.
If your vehicle can do so without damaging the gate.
If you first look carefully in both directions.
Under no circumstances.

Why is driving on an expressway different from driving on an ordinary street
You must think faster and handle your vehicle more effectively.
Trucks have to go slower on the expressways.
There is more of a tendency to exceed the speed limit.
There is more of a tendency to “tailgate.”

Night driving is dangerous because
Some traffic signs are less visible at night.
More vehicles are on the road at night.
The distance we can see ahead is reduced.
Street lights tend to blur our vision.

Which of the following statements applies to all driving emergency situations
Always slow down gradually.
Your first reaction is the best reaction.
Think before you act.
Apply your brakes immediately.

You have just left an expressway and are starting to drive on an ordinary highway. You should
Check your tires for correct pressure.
Check your speedometer to keep at the lower speed limit.
Stay twice as far behind other cars.
Change gradually to the lower speed limit.

Your car starts to skid on a slippery road. You should
Brake quickly and keep the wheel straight.
Lock your brakes until you come to a full stop.
Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go.
Steer toward the side of the road to get off the wet pavement.

Expressways have “expressway entrance lanes” (acceleration lanes) so that drivers can
Test their brakes before driving at expressway speeds.
Stop at the end to wait for a traffic opening.
Reach the proper speed before blending with traffic.
Test the pickup of their cars.

When you drive in heavy fog during daylight hours you should drive with your
Headlights off.
Parking lights on.
Headlights on low beam.
Headlights on high beam.

When driving at night, it is most important for you to
Use your high beams at all times.
Drive within the range of your headlights.
Be ready to brake more quickly.
Watch for cars at intersections.

If you drive past your exit on an expressway, you should
Pull onto the shoulder, then back up to the exit.
Drive to the next exit and leave the expressway.
Make a u-turn at the nearest emergency turn area.
Make a u-turn at the next service area.

When you get ready to leave an expressway, you should begin to use your turn signal
Just as you get to the exit ramp.
50 feet before the exit ramp.
100 feet before the exit ramp.
When you see cars behind you in the exit lane.

If a tire blows out, the proper thing to do is
Speed up to gain traction and then pull to the right.
Hold the steering wheel firmly, and ease up on the gas.
Apply the brakes, then shift into neutral.
Shift into neutral, then apply the brakes.

When attempting to stop on a slippery road, the best action to take is to
Apply the brakes quickly and firmly.
Apply the brakes in slow, steady strokes.
Shift to a lower gear, do not use the brakes.
Shift into neutral, do not use the brakes.

When your right wheels run onto a soft shoulder what is the best way to get back on the highway
Apply the brakes firmly and steer gently to the left.
Ease your foot off the gas and brake gently.
Steer hard to the left and then gently to the right.
Apply the brakes firmly and stop completely.

If your brake pedal suddenly sinks to the floor, you should first
Try to pump it to build up the pressure.
Shift into neutral and shut the engine off.
Try to raise it by hooking your toe under it.
Apply the parking brake hard to stop the car.

When you drive at night you can reduce the problem of glare from the headlights of an approaching car by
Looking to the lower right side of your lane.
Having the inside lights on to make the amount of light equal.
Looking at the spot on the lower edge of the steering wheel.
Wearing glasses with lightly tinted lenses.

You are getting on a highway which has a very short entrance lane. The safest way for you to enter the flow of traffic would be to
Use as much ramp as possible to get up to cruising speed.
Use the left lane of the highway to get up to cruising speed.
Wait for a large gap in traffic then speed up quickly.
Get up to cruising speed gradually so other cars will see you.