CAlifornia Driver's Examination CA 2012 N°8

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  • 1. 

    It is illegal for a person 21 years of age or older to driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is ____ or higher.

    • A.

      0.08% - Eight hundredths of one percent

    • B.

      0.10% - One tenth of one percent

    • C.

      0.05% - Five hundredths of one percent

    Correct Answer
    A. 0.08% - Eight hundredths of one percent
    Explanation
    In most countries, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while driving is 0.08%. This means that it is illegal for a person 21 years of age or older to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. BAC is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. A BAC of 0.08% indicates that there are eight hundredths of one percent of alcohol in the person's blood. This level of alcohol impairs the person's ability to operate a vehicle safely, leading to an increased risk of accidents and harm to themselves and others on the road.

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  • 2. 

    You must notify DMV within 5 days if you :

    • A.

      Sell or transfer your vehicle

    • B.

      Paint your vehicle a different color

    • C.

      Are cited for a traffic violation

    Correct Answer
    A. Sell or transfer your vehicle
    Explanation
    It is important to notify the DMV within 5 days if you sell or transfer your vehicle because the DMV needs to update their records with the new owner's information. This ensures that any future correspondence, such as parking tickets or toll violations, are sent to the correct person. Additionally, it helps to prevent any potential liability issues that may arise if the new owner fails to register the vehicle in their name.

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  • 3. 

    If there is a deep puddle in the road through the water :

    • A.

      Maintain the posted speed to make it through the water

    • B.

      Avoid the puddle, if possible

    • C.

      Shift into neutral as you drive through the water

    Correct Answer
    B. Avoid the puddle, if possible
    Explanation
    It is advisable to avoid the puddle if possible because driving through deep water can be dangerous. The water can cause your vehicle to hydroplane, lose traction, or even stall the engine. By avoiding the puddle, you can minimize the risk of these hazards and ensure a safer driving experience.

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  • 4. 

    Smoking inside a vehicle when a person younger than 18 years of age is present is :

    • A.

      Legal, if it is your child

    • B.

      Illegal at all times

    • C.

      Not restricted by law

    Correct Answer
    B. Illegal at all times
    Explanation
    Smoking inside a vehicle when a person younger than 18 years of age is present is considered illegal at all times. This means that regardless of the relationship between the smoker and the child, it is against the law to smoke in a vehicle when a person under 18 is present. This law is in place to protect children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and to promote a healthier environment for them.

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  • 5. 

    You are driving in the far right lane of a four-lane freeway and notice thick broken white lines on the left side of your lane. You are driving in :

    • A.

      The carpool lane and must merge into the next lane

    • B.

      A special lane for slow moving vehicles

    • C.

      An exit lane

    Correct Answer
    C. An exit lane
    Explanation
    The presence of thick broken white lines on the left side of the lane indicates that it is an exit lane. These lines are typically used to separate the exit lane from the rest of the freeway lanes, allowing drivers to safely exit the freeway. Therefore, if you are driving in the far right lane and see these markings, you should be prepared to exit the freeway soon.

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  • 6. 

    You are required to wear your safety belt in a moving vehicle :

    • A.

      Unless the vehicle was manufactured before 1975

    • B.

      Unless you are riding in the back of a pickup/camper

    • C.

      And failure to do so will result in a traffic ticket

    Correct Answer
    C. And failure to do so will result in a traffic ticket
    Explanation
    Wearing a safety belt in a moving vehicle is required, regardless of the age of the vehicle or the seating position. Failure to wear a safety belt can lead to a traffic ticket, indicating that it is against the law to not wear a safety belt while the vehicle is in motion.

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  • 7. 

    Cargo extending more than four feet from your rear bumper :

    • A.

      Is illegal under all circumstances

    • B.

      Must be marked with a red flag or lights

    • C.

      Does not legally have to be marked, but it is a good idea

    Correct Answer
    B. Must be marked with a red flag or lights
    Explanation
    When cargo extends more than four feet from the rear bumper, it is required by law to be marked with a red flag or lights. This is to ensure that other drivers are aware of the extended cargo and can take necessary precautions while driving near the vehicle. Failure to mark the cargo can be dangerous as it may obstruct the view of other drivers or cause accidents. Therefore, it is not only legally required but also a good idea to mark the extended cargo for the safety of everyone on the road.

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  • 8. 

    This red and white sign means you should :

    • A.

      Stop and check traffic both ways before proceeding

    • B.

      Give the right of way to traffic on the road you wish to enter or cross

    • C.

      Keep a stready speed and check traffic both ways

    Correct Answer
    B. Give the right of way to traffic on the road you wish to enter or cross
    Explanation
    This red and white sign indicates that you should give the right of way to traffic on the road you wish to enter or cross. It is important to yield to other vehicles and wait for a safe opportunity to proceed. This sign is commonly seen at intersections or when merging onto a busy road. It is crucial to follow this instruction to ensure the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road.

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  • 9. 

    You must file a Report of Traffic Accident Occuring in California (SR 1) with DMV if you :

    • A.

      Fail to pay your registration fees within 90 days of receiving your renewal notice

    • B.

      Are involved in a collision and there is more than $750 in damages

    • C.

      Allow a licensed driver from another state to drive your vehicle

    Correct Answer
    B. Are involved in a collision and there is more than $750 in damages
    Explanation
    If you are involved in a collision and there is more than $750 in damages, you must file a Report of Traffic Accident Occurring in California (SR 1) with DMV. This is because the law requires you to report any accident that results in damages exceeding $750 to the DMV. Filing this report ensures that the authorities are aware of the accident and can take appropriate action if necessary.

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  • 10. 

    Instructions from school crossing guards must be obeyed :

    • A.

      At all times

    • B.

      During school hours only

    • C.

      Only when children are present in front of the school

    Correct Answer
    A. At all times
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "At all times" because school crossing guards are responsible for ensuring the safety of pedestrians, especially children, while crossing the road. Their instructions should be followed regardless of the time of day or whether children are present or not. This is because the crossing guards are trained to assess the traffic conditions and determine the safest time for pedestrians to cross the road. Following their instructions helps to prevent accidents and maintain the overall safety of the school community.

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  • 11. 

    This white sign means :

    • A.

      Railroad crossing is controlled--- continue at your regular speed

    • B.

      Look, listen, and prepare to stop at the crossing, if necessary

    • C.

      Stop at the railroad tracks and wait for a signal before crossing

    Correct Answer
    B. Look, listen, and prepare to stop at the crossing, if necessary
    Explanation
    The white sign indicates that drivers should look, listen, and be prepared to stop at the railroad crossing, if necessary. This means that drivers should be cautious and aware of any approaching trains, and be ready to come to a complete stop if a train is approaching or if the crossing signals are activated. It is important for drivers to exercise caution and be prepared to yield to any oncoming trains for their own safety.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following is true about large trucks ?

    • A.

      Trucks have fewer blind spots due to the vehicle's height

    • B.

      It is best to pass trucks very slowly and on the right side

    • C.

      Trucks often appear to travel slower because of their large size

    Correct Answer
    C. Trucks often appear to travel slower because of their large size
    Explanation
    Large trucks often appear to travel slower because of their large size. This is because their size creates an illusion of slower movement compared to smaller vehicles. This can sometimes lead to misjudgments by other drivers, causing them to underestimate the speed of the truck and make unsafe maneuvers. It is important for drivers to be aware of this perception and adjust their driving accordingly when sharing the road with large trucks.

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  • 13. 

    Which of these statements is true about child passengers :

    • A.

      Children 1 or older and over 20 pounds should ride in the front seat

    • B.

      Children under age one should not ride in the front seat in airbag equipped vehicles

    • C.

      The front seat is generally the safest place in the car for children six years of age and older

    Correct Answer
    B. Children under age one should not ride in the front seat in airbag equipped vehicles
    Explanation
    It is true that children under age one should not ride in the front seat in airbag equipped vehicles. This is because airbags can be dangerous for infants as they are designed to protect adults and can deploy with too much force for a child's size and weight. It is safer for young children to ride in the back seat, preferably in a rear-facing car seat, to reduce the risk of injury in case of an accident.

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  • 14. 

    Your wheels should be pointed straight ahead, unless you are :

    • A.

      Waiting to make a left turn at a traffic light

    • B.

      Parked on a hill or sloping driveway

    • C.

      Parked on the side of a level roadway and there is no curb

    Correct Answer
    B. Parked on a hill or sloping driveway
    Explanation
    When parked on a hill or sloping driveway, it is necessary to turn your wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. By turning the wheels towards the curb or edge of the road, the vehicle will roll into the curb or road edge if the brakes fail. This is a safety precaution to minimize the risk of the vehicle rolling into traffic or causing an accident. In all other situations, such as waiting to make a left turn at a traffic light or parking on a level roadway with a curb, the wheels should be pointed straight ahead.

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  • 15. 

    To turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street, start from :

    • A.

      The lane closest to the left curb

    • B.

      The center lane

    • C.

      Any lane as long as it seems safe to do so

    Correct Answer
    A. The lane closest to the left curb
    Explanation
    When turning left from a one-way street onto another one-way street, it is important to start from the lane closest to the left curb. This is because it allows for a smoother and safer turn, as it minimizes the distance that needs to be covered. Starting from the lane closest to the left curb also ensures that other vehicles on the road can easily see and anticipate your turn, reducing the risk of accidents. Therefore, choosing the lane closest to the left curb is the most appropriate and recommended option for making a left turn in this scenario.

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  • 16. 

    You are crossing an intersection and an emergency vehicle is approaching with a siren and flashing lights. You should :

    • A.

      Stop immediately in the intersection and stop

    • B.

      Pull to the right in the intersection and stop

    • C.

      Continue through the intersection, pull to the right, and stop

    Correct Answer
    C. Continue through the intersection, pull to the right, and stop
    Explanation
    When an emergency vehicle with siren and flashing lights is approaching, it is important to give them the right of way and allow them to pass. In this situation, the correct answer is to continue through the intersection, pull to the right, and stop. This means that you should not stop immediately in the intersection, as this may block the path of the emergency vehicle. Instead, you should proceed through the intersection to clear the way and then pull over to the right side of the road to allow the emergency vehicle to pass safely.

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  • 17. 

    All of the following are dangerous while driving. Which is also illegal ?

    • A.

      Wearing a headset that covers both ears

    • B.

      Having one or more interior light on

    • C.

      Using cruise control on residential streets

    Correct Answer
    A. Wearing a headset that covers both ears
    Explanation
    Wearing a headset that covers both ears while driving is not only dangerous but also illegal. This is because it can significantly reduce the driver's ability to hear important sounds such as sirens, horns, or other vehicles approaching. Being able to hear these sounds is crucial for maintaining situational awareness on the road and reacting promptly to potential hazards. Therefore, wearing such a headset can pose a risk to both the driver and other road users, which is why it is prohibited by law.

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  • 18. 

    The speed limit for a school zone where childrens are present is ___ :

    • A.

      15 mph

    • B.

      25 mph

    • C.

      20 mph

    Correct Answer
    B. 25 mph
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 25 mph. This is because the question is asking for the speed limit in a school zone where children are present. Typically, the speed limit in school zones is reduced to ensure the safety of the children. In this case, the speed limit is 25 mph, which means drivers should not exceed this speed while passing through the school zone.

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  • 19. 

    Two vehicles are approaching an uncontrolld "T" intersection. One vehicle is on the through road and the other is on the road that ends. Who had the right of way at the intersection ?

    • A.

      The vehicle on the trough road

    • B.

      The vehicle on the right

    • C.

      The vehicle that arrives firdt

    Correct Answer
    A. The vehicle on the trough road
    Explanation
    The vehicle on the through road has the right of way at the intersection. This is because the through road continues without any interruptions or stops, while the road that ends requires vehicles to yield and come to a stop. Therefore, the vehicle on the through road has the right to proceed without stopping or yielding to the vehicle on the road that ends.

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  • 20. 

    When you change lanes or merge with another lane, you :

    • A.

      Have the right of way

    • B.

      Should first stop and check for cross traffic

    • C.

      Need at least a 4 second gap in traffic

    Correct Answer
    C. Need at least a 4 second gap in traffic
    Explanation
    When changing lanes or merging with another lane, it is important to have at least a 4 second gap in traffic. This means that you should wait for a sufficient amount of space between vehicles before making the maneuver. This ensures that you can safely merge without disrupting the flow of traffic or causing any accidents. It is crucial to be patient and wait for an appropriate gap before changing lanes or merging.

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  • 21. 

    If you have a green light, but traffic is blocking the intersection :

    • A.

      Stay out the intersection until traffic clears

    • B.

      Enter the intersection and wait until traffic clears

    • C.

      Merge into another lane and try to go around the traffic

    Correct Answer
    A. Stay out the intersection until traffic clears
    Explanation
    If you have a green light but traffic is blocking the intersection, the correct course of action is to stay out of the intersection until the traffic clears. This is because blocking the intersection can lead to congestion and disrupt the flow of traffic. By waiting until the traffic clears, you can ensure that you are not obstructing other vehicles and maintain the safety and efficiency of the intersection.

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  • 22. 

    Which of these statements is true about driving and taking medications ?

    • A.

      Most cold medications can make a person drowsy

    • B.

      Over the counter medications cannot impair driving ability if taken in the recommended dosages

    • C.

      Medications are safe to take at any time if prescribed by a doctor

    Correct Answer
    A. Most cold medications can make a person drowsy
    Explanation
    Most cold medications can make a person drowsy. This means that if someone takes cold medication, they may feel sleepy or have reduced alertness, which can be dangerous while driving. It is important to be cautious and avoid driving if the medication causes drowsiness.

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  • 23. 

    To be sure a lane is clear before you change lanes, you should :

    • A.

      Look in your outside mirrors only

    • B.

      Glance over your shoulder into the lane you want to enter

    • C.

      Always turn your head and look over your right shoulder

    Correct Answer
    B. Glance over your shoulder into the lane you want to enter
    Explanation
    To be sure a lane is clear before changing lanes, it is important to glance over your shoulder into the lane you want to enter. This is because relying solely on outside mirrors may not provide a complete view of the blind spots. By turning your head and looking over your shoulder, you can effectively check for any vehicles or obstacles that may be present in the intended lane, ensuring a safe lane change.

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  • 24. 

    You should stop before crossing railroad tracks :

    • A.

      Even when the railroad tracks are out of service

    • B.

      Any time a train may be approaching, whether or not you can see it

    • C.

      If your vehicle has three or more axles

    Correct Answer
    B. Any time a train may be approaching, whether or not you can see it
    Explanation
    It is important to stop before crossing railroad tracks because trains can approach at any time, whether or not they are visible. This is a safety precaution to avoid any potential accidents or collisions with trains. Even if the railroad tracks are out of service or if your vehicle has three or more axles, you should still stop before crossing to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

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  • 25. 

    When driving in fog, snow, or rain, you should use your :

    • A.

      Low-beam headlights

    • B.

      High-beam headlights

    • C.

      Running lights

    Correct Answer
    A. Low-beam headlights
    Explanation
    When driving in fog, snow, or rain, using low-beam headlights is recommended. Low-beam headlights provide a shorter and wider beam of light, which helps to improve visibility in adverse weather conditions. High-beam headlights can reflect off the precipitation particles and create glare, reducing visibility for both the driver and other road users. Running lights, on the other hand, are not designed to provide sufficient illumination in low visibility situations. Therefore, using low-beam headlights is the safest option in these weather conditions.

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  • 26. 

    When is it legal to use a cell phone without a hands free device while driving :

    • A.

      When making a call while stopped at a red light

    • B.

      When making a call for emergency assistance

    • C.

      Never

    Correct Answer
    B. When making a call for emergency assistance
    Explanation
    It is legal to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving only when making a call for emergency assistance. This exception is made to ensure that individuals can quickly reach out for help in urgent situations. However, it is important to note that using a cell phone without a hands-free device for any other reason while driving is not legal and can be dangerous.

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  • 27. 

    A pedestrian who is blind or visually impaired uses traffic sounds before deciding to cross the street. If you see a pedestrian with a guide dog or white cane waiting to cross at a corner, you should :

    • A.

      Stop at the crosswalk and honk your horn

    • B.

      Drive into the crosswalk so the person can hear your engine

    • C.

      Pull up to the crosswalk so the person can hear your engine

    Correct Answer
    C. Pull up to the crosswalk so the person can hear your engine
    Explanation
    Pulling up to the crosswalk allows the pedestrian who is blind or visually impaired to hear the engine of the car, which helps them to determine when it is safe to cross the street. This allows the pedestrian to rely on auditory cues to make an informed decision about when to start crossing. Stopping at the crosswalk and honking the horn may startle or confuse the pedestrian, while driving into the crosswalk would obstruct their path and potentially put them in danger.

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  • 28. 

    A peace officer is signaling you to drive to the edge of the roadway. You decide to ignore the officer's warning and flee the scene. You are guilty of a misdemeanor and can be punished by being :

    • A.

      Fined up to $1,000

    • B.

      Jailed in the county jail for not more than one year

    • C.

      Given a warning and a citation

    Correct Answer
    B. Jailed in the county jail for not more than one year
    Explanation
    If a peace officer signals you to drive to the edge of the roadway and you decide to ignore their warning and flee the scene, you are guilty of a misdemeanor. As a result, you can be punished by being jailed in the county jail for not more than one year. This means that you may face imprisonment for a period of time as a consequence of your actions.

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  • 29. 

    When a traffic signal light isn't working at an intersection, you should :

    • A.

      Come to complete stop, then proceed when it is safe

    • B.

      Stop before entering and let all other traffic go first

    • C.

      Slow down or stop, if necessary

    Correct Answer
    A. Come to complete stop, then proceed when it is safe
    Explanation
    When a traffic signal light isn't working at an intersection, it is important to come to a complete stop and then proceed when it is safe. This is because a non-functioning traffic signal can cause confusion and potential accidents. By coming to a complete stop, drivers can ensure that they have enough time to assess the situation and proceed safely, taking into account the flow of traffic from other directions. Slowing down or stopping, if necessary, is also a good practice to ensure safety at an intersection with a malfunctioning traffic signal.

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  • 30. 

    You should adjust your rearview and side mirrors :

    • A.

      Before you get into the car

    • B.

      Before you start driving

    • C.

      After you start driving

    Correct Answer
    B. Before you start driving
    Explanation
    Before you start driving, it is important to adjust your rearview and side mirrors. This is necessary to ensure that you have a clear view of the road and your surroundings. By adjusting the mirrors before starting the car, you can eliminate blind spots and minimize the risk of accidents. It allows you to have a better understanding of the traffic behind and beside you, enabling you to make informed decisions while driving. Adjusting the mirrors before starting the car promotes safe driving and helps to enhance overall road awareness.

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  • 31. 

    When you see this yellow signs :

    • A.

      Always stop at the crosswalk

    • B.

      Stop at the crosswalk until a crossing guard signals you to go

    • C.

      Be prepared to stop if children are in the crosswalk

    Correct Answer
    C. Be prepared to stop if children are in the crosswalk
    Explanation
    The yellow signs indicate that there may be children crossing the road. Therefore, drivers should be prepared to stop if they see children in the crosswalk. The signs do not explicitly state that drivers should always stop at the crosswalk or wait for a crossing guard signal. The focus is on being prepared to stop if children are present, emphasizing the importance of caution and attentiveness while driving in areas with potential pedestrian activity.

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  • 32. 

    You are on a two way road and the vehicle ahead of you is turning left into a driveway. You may legally pass the vehicle on the right :

    • A.

      If there is enough road between the curb and the vehicle

    • B.

      Even if you must drive in a bicycle lane to do so

    • C.

      Even if you must cross a solid white line painted on the road

    Correct Answer
    A. If there is enough road between the curb and the vehicle
    Explanation
    In this scenario, the correct answer is "If there is enough road between the curb and the vehicle." This means that you can legally pass the vehicle on the right as long as there is sufficient space between the curb and the vehicle to do so. This ensures that you can safely maneuver around the turning vehicle without causing any obstruction or danger to other road users. Passing on the right is permitted in this situation only if there is enough room available.

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  • 33. 

    Whch statement is true about motorcycles and motorists ?

    • A.

      Motorcyclists are not allowed to drive faster than other traffic during congested road conditions

    • B.

      Motorcyclists have the same rights/responsibilities as other motorists

    • C.

      Motorcycles are heavier than other vehicles and are less affected by wind/rain

    Correct Answer
    B. Motorcyclists have the same rights/responsibilities as other motorists
    Explanation
    Motorcyclists have the same rights/responsibilities as other motorists. This means that they are entitled to the same privileges and are expected to follow the same rules and regulations as any other driver on the road. They must obey traffic laws, signal their intentions, and yield the right of way when necessary, just like any other motorist. This statement emphasizes the equal treatment of motorcyclists in terms of their rights and responsibilities while driving.

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  • 34. 

    The speed limit in any alley is :

    • A.

      20 mph

    • B.

      15 mph

    • C.

      25 mph

    Correct Answer
    B. 15 mph
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 15 mph. Alleys are typically narrow and have limited visibility, making it necessary to drive at a slower speed to ensure safety for pedestrians and other vehicles. Driving at a lower speed limit reduces the risk of accidents and allows drivers to react quickly to any unexpected obstacles or hazards that may arise in such confined spaces.

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  • 35. 

    You are getting ready to make right turn. You should :

    • A.

      Always stop before making a right turn

    • B.

      Signal during the last 100 feet before you turn

    • C.

      Slow down and signal as you start your turn

    Correct Answer
    B. Signal during the last 100 feet before you turn
    Explanation
    When making a right turn, it is important to signal during the last 100 feet before the turn. Signaling alerts other drivers and pedestrians of your intention to turn, allowing them to adjust their speed or position accordingly. This helps to ensure a safe and smooth maneuver. While it is generally advisable to slow down before making a turn, it is not explicitly stated in the given options. Stopping before making a right turn is not necessary, unless required by traffic or road conditions.

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  • 36. 

    For which of the following traffic lights must you always stop your vehicle ?

    • A.

      Solid red lights, flashing red lights, and blacked out traffic signals

    • B.

      Solid red lights, red arrows, and flashing yellow lights

    • C.

      Solid red lights, flashing red lights and yellow lights

    Correct Answer
    A. Solid red lights, flashing red lights, and blacked out traffic signals
    Explanation
    You must always stop your vehicle for solid red lights, flashing red lights, and blacked out traffic signals. Solid red lights indicate that you must come to a complete stop before the intersection. Flashing red lights also require you to stop, treating the intersection as a stop sign. Blacked out traffic signals mean that the signal is not working, and you should treat the intersection as a four-way stop, coming to a complete stop and yielding to other vehicles.

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