Approaching each day with intention and a commitment to excellence applies to your personal and professional life, including time spent behind the wheel. Whether you are on your way to an important client meeting, navigating unfamiliar roads at an out-of-town conference or simply running errands over lunch, being a safe driver is crucial. Although news of blizzards and dangerous driving conditions is in the forefront this time of year, taking extra care on the roads is always a good idea. Test your driving etiquette with the quiz below.
To double check, we ran these answers by the Texas Department of Public Safety Media and Communications.
1. What is black ice?
a. Slippery oil on the roads caused by rain and snow
b. A thin glaze of transparent ice
Answer: B. A thin glaze of transparent ice.
2. For better visibility in foggy weather, do you use your low or high beams?
a. High beams
b. Low beams
Answer: B. Low Beams. High beams reflect off the water droplets in the air, making it more difficult to see.
3. When backing out of a parking space, who has the right of way?
a. The driver in the parking space
b. The oncoming car
Answer: B. The oncoming car has the right of way.
4. Does a cyclist have to obey the same traffic laws as motorists (i.e. stop at a stop sign)? Yes/No
Answer: Yes, a cyclist must follow the rules of the road, including stopping at a stop sign.
5. Where should your hands go if you are pulled over by a policeman?
a. On the steering wheel
b. Above your head
Answer: A. Keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them. If the officer asks you to step out of the car, keep your hands visible and out of your pockets.
6. In a rear-end collision, is the driver in the back always the one at fault? True/False
Answer: False. It depends on the circumstances of the collision (such as someone cutting you off.)
7. A licensed minor (age 16 to 18) is not allowed to drive after 11 pm. True/False
Answer: False. A licensed minor cannot drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am unless it is for work, school or a medical emergency.
8. If your windshield is covered with ice, use ___________ to remove it.
a. Cool water
b. Warm water
Answer: A. Cool water. It will melt the ice and keep your windshield from breaking.
9. If the car in front of you doesn’t proceed forward when the light turns green, you should:
a. Flash your lights
b. Honk your horn
Answer: B. Lightly honk your horn. It will get the other driver’s attention without seeming too aggressive.
10. Does crying help you to get out of a ticket? Yes/No