Quiz about Cut Overtaking Off At The Pass
Quiz about Cut Overtaking Off At The Pass

Cut Overtaking Off At The Pass... Quiz


....And Other Ways Of Staying Safe Behind The Wheel. Driving: most of us love it, but sometimes we are not very good at it, or safe. Test your knowledge here.

A multiple-choice quiz by darksplash. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
darksplash
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
403,486
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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133
1. If you are driving along a road and a deer jumps out into your path, you should always swerve to avoid it.

True
False

2. We all love the open road, don't we? But sometimes our progress can be impeded by a slower vehicle. What is the best way to overtake? Hint

Pass quickly and stay on the opposite side for at least three-quarters of a mile
Accelerate fast to clear the obstruction
Check the road is clear behind and well past the car and manoeuvre at your normal speed
Pass quickly and pull back in straight away

3. Tyres, or if you are in North America, tires. They are so important to our road comfort and safety. If you are driving along and suffer a blow-out, which of these is the best thing to do? Hint

Slam on your brakes
Smoothly ease off the throttle/accelerator and slow to a stop
Use braking cadence to reduce speed
Keep on driving straight ahead to the nearest service station

4. If you are on a wide road and are turning across the path of traffic from the opposite direction and need to stop to let it pass, what is the best recommended position in which to have your car? Hint

Close to the centre line with wheels pointed straight ahead
Close to the centre line with wheels angled towards near side of road
Close to the centre line with wheels angled in direction of turn
As close to the nearside verge as you can get

5. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow: that winter white stuff is lovely to look at, but can be difficult to drive in. What is the best way of coping with driving in fresh snow? Hint

Slowly in a low gear
Slowly in as high a gear as possible
Mash your foot to the floor: the heat from your tyres will melt the snow
Just park up and call a taxi

6. If you are driving along a highway at a permitted speed of 70mph, what is the shortest recommended stopping distance if you need to brake? Hint

240 feet (73m)
118 feet (36m)
174 feet (53m)
315 feet (96m)

7. If you have a breakdown at the side of the motorway one fine day and you need to wait for assistance to arrive, it is best to get everyone out of the car and away from the road's edge.

True
False

8. Motor vehicles are made up of thousands of parts - nuts and bolts, cables and switches, electrical and mechanical. According to an old adage, which is the most important nut on a vehicle? Hint

The ones that hold your transmission on
The ones that stop your wheels falling off
The one that holds the steering wheel
The one that attaches your brake pads to the wheel

9. If you are driving along and need to make an emergency braking manoeuvre, when you feel your car's anti-lock braking system shudder, ease off immediately.

True
False

10. It is NOT illegal in the United Kingdom to drive without wearing shoes.

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. If you are driving along a road and a deer jumps out into your path, you should always swerve to avoid it.

Answer: FALSE

In the USA alone, more than two million collisions involving vehicles and animals take place each year. Tempting though it may be to swerve, it could result in more severe injury to you - or another road user if you struck another vehicle.

The advice from insurance professionals is to keep your vehicle in the same direction and brake firmly, but carefully.

In the USA in 2018, 190 people died when a car struck an animal. In that same year, more than 7,400 died when their car struck a fixed object. Source: U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
2. We all love the open road, don't we? But sometimes our progress can be impeded by a slower vehicle. What is the best way to overtake?

Answer: Check the road is clear behind and well past the car and manoeuvre at your normal speed

You should never exceed the speed limit when overtaking.

Never overtake where you cannot see it is safe. Never overtake on the brow of a hill, on a bend, approaching a school or approaching a junction or traffic signal.

Drive smoothly, if you are genuinely faster, then you should not need to speed up. Never pull straight in. Check your mirrors to see where the slow vehicle is and pull in when clear. Always return to the nearside lane after overtaking, even on a motorway, but never so abruptly it would cause problems for the other driver.
3. Tyres, or if you are in North America, tires. They are so important to our road comfort and safety. If you are driving along and suffer a blow-out, which of these is the best thing to do?

Answer: Smoothly ease off the throttle/accelerator and slow to a stop

Sharp braking will cause your car to move in the direction of the punctured tyre. That could be to the side, or across the centre line into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
4. If you are on a wide road and are turning across the path of traffic from the opposite direction and need to stop to let it pass, what is the best recommended position in which to have your car?

Answer: Close to the centre line with wheels pointed straight ahead

I should not need to tell you that you should display your turn indicators while attempting this manoeuvre.

You should stop with the wheels straight in the direction of travel. In that way, if your vehicle is struck from behind it will be shunted straight down the empty lane in front of you.

If your wheels are turned in the direction you intend to go and your car is struck from behind, you will be shunted across the centre line and into the path of the vehicles you were waiting for. This, sadly, had led to fatal collisions.

If your wheels are pointed towards the roadside and your car is struck from behind, it will be shunted into whatever hazard may be there - including that 200 foot cliff...aghhhhh

If you are tight to the verge, you will not leave enough room for vehicles from behind to pass safely. At the very least, it will cause annoyance or provocation to the drivers that cannot pass. It might also lead to vehicles behind assuming yoo were stopping at the side of the road and they will try to pass just as your are making your turn.
5. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow: that winter white stuff is lovely to look at, but can be difficult to drive in. What is the best way of coping with driving in fresh snow?

Answer: Slowly in as high a gear as possible

The Automobile Association in the UK advises starting off slowly in second gear for additional traction. After that keep the revs and gears high, but the speed down.

If driving down a hill, lose speed beforehand and use a low gear to avoid braking. Always be gentle with brakes and accelerator while driving in snow.
6. If you are driving along a highway at a permitted speed of 70mph, what is the shortest recommended stopping distance if you need to brake?

Answer: 315 feet (96m)

If you have picked up on the ethos behind this quiz you will probably have chosen the longest distance, even if you did not know it beforehand!

The distance of 96m is 24 car-lengths. According to the Automobile Association, a driver will typically travel for 21 metres while thinking about braking, and a further 75 metres while braking.

To put it another way, at 70mph the braking time is 102 feet per second, so it takes just over three seconds from seeing a danger at 70mph to coming to a halt.

These figures are for alert drivers on a good, dry road. The distance required to stop will be greater on a wet road, or if tyres and brakes are not in top order.
7. If you have a breakdown at the side of the motorway one fine day and you need to wait for assistance to arrive, it is best to get everyone out of the car and away from the road's edge.

Answer: TRUE

It is not an easy call to make, but the reasoning is justified by one, of many, actual events. On a motorway in the west of England a traffic police car stopped behind a broken down car on the hard shoulder. The cops got everyone across the barrier away from the car.

A few minutes later, a heavy lorry left its lane and crashed into both cars - the driver apparently having fallen asleep. Multiple causalities were probably saved that day.

This is UK police advice: "Leave the vehicle by the left-hand door and ensure your passengers do the same. You must leave any animals in the vehicle or, in an emergency, keep them under proper control on the verge. Never attempt to place a warning triangle on a motorway....Ensure that passengers keep away from the carriageway and hard shoulder, and that children are kept under control."

There is a caveat in that if you fear any personal danger, you might feel safer sitting in the nearside of the car.

Incidentally, if you have ever noticed that experienced police officers stop with their vehicle slanted, or front wheels turned to the side of the road, that is so their car will be shunted off the road and not forward if struck from behind.
8. Motor vehicles are made up of thousands of parts - nuts and bolts, cables and switches, electrical and mechanical. According to an old adage, which is the most important nut on a vehicle?

Answer: The one that holds the steering wheel

Yes, it is a bad joke, but the most important contributor to road safety in any vehicle is...the driver.

Obeying the motoring laws; and ensuring your vehicle is well-maintained are vital, of course, but the single most important element is the driver.

In most countries, more people die in road traffic collisions in a year than are murdered.

In the USA alone, around 38,000 people die in traffic collisions each year. About 19,000 die through murder.

In 2016,there were 1.35m million deaths worldwide. Over 90 per cent of fatal traffic collisions are caused by a driver making a mistake. These are not "accidents", people!
9. If you are driving along and need to make an emergency braking manoeuvre, when you feel your car's anti-lock braking system shudder, ease off immediately.

Answer: False

No, no, no, mash that brake pedal to the floor through the shuddering - it tells you the ASB system is working. If you ease off, you will lose braking power.
10. It is NOT illegal in the United Kingdom to drive without wearing shoes.

Answer: True

It is not against the law - but it is totally ill-advised, and, frankly, why would you want to?.

According to the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) it is not illegal to drive with bare feet on the pedals - or even flipflops, but you might be putting yourself or other road users at risk if you cannot drive safely - and that is illegal.

The Driving Standards Agency puts it succinctly: "suitable shoes are particularly important behind the wheel. We would not recommend driving barefoot because you don't have the same braking force with bare feet as you do with shoes on."
Source: Author darksplash

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