Defensive Driving In Inclement Weather

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A quiz which tests individual's knowledge of safe driving during inclement weather conditions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
     If a driver absolutely must continue driving during inclement weather conditions the best defenses are as follows: _____________.
    • A. 

      Speeding up and decreasing following distance

    • B. 

      Paying less attention to the road and weather conditions

    • C. 

      Slowing down and increasing following distance

  • 2. 
    Bad weather and other road hazards don't place special stress upon a defensive driver.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The best rule in any kind of bad weather or extreme road condition is to get off the road safely and as soon as possible.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
     Fog reduces available visibility and impairs distance perception, making it perhaps the most dangerous type of extreme weather condition.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    The best defense when forced to drive in fog is to pull off the road and park safely until the fog dissipates or is burned off, if at all possible.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
     If you must drive in fog you should do the following: ________________________________.     
    • A. 

      Use high beam headlights only

    • B. 

      Use low beam headlights only

    • C. 

      Speed up

    • D. 

      Assume the fog is not that heavy or thick

  • 7. 
    Low beam headlights are used when driving in the fog because ______________________.
    • A. 

      They help the driver see the immediate roadway.

    • B. 

      They are less likely to drain the car's battery power.

    • C. 

      They allow other drivers to see the motorist's vehicle.

    • D. 

      A, b and c

    • E. 

      A and c

  • 8. 
    A defensive driver should always assume the depth or thickness of fog.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Determining a correct and safe speed depends on the thickness of the fog and is left to the driver’s best judgment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Avoid the use of high-beam headlights while driving in fog. The water particles that make up fog will reflect more light back at the driver than onto the roadway when high beams are used, and will further reduce visibility.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    When driving in fog, which of the following actions should the defensive driver take?  (Check all that apply.)      
    • A. 

      Use windshield wipers and defroster to clear windshield of water mist.

    • B. 

      As a matter of routine stop on the traveled roadway when driving in foggy conditions.

    • C. 

      Activate emergency flashers and turn off headlights,if fog forces you to stop on the side of the road or in the emergency or breakdown lane.

  • 12. 
    When rain first begins, the road becomes covered with a thin layer of oil and other residues which causes the road to become slippery. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    How long does it take for rain to break down the slippery oils on a roadway? 
    • A. 

      Less than a minute

    • B. 

      From a few minutes to several hours

    • C. 

      No time at all

    • D. 

      30 minutes

  • 14. 
     A condition that happens when a thin layer of water separates the vehicle's tires from the road surface is called _____.  
    • A. 

      Waterboarding

    • B. 

      Jet skiing

    • C. 

      Hydroplaning

    • D. 

      Sliding

  • 15. 
    Which statement below is false?    
    • A. 

      A hydroplaning vehicle is riding on water.

    • B. 

      When tires ride on water, they lose all traction and create a very dangerous situation.

    • C. 

      The slower a vehicle travels on standing water, the greater the chance of hydroplaning.

    • D. 

      Reducing speed is the best and safest way to avoid hydroplaning.

  • 16. 
    When driving in the rain, a defensive driver should ____________________. (Check all that apply.)     
    • A. 

      Reduce speed to avoid becoming a hazard for other drivers and to avoid hydroplaning.

    • B. 

      Determine the correct and safe speed depending upon the weather conditions.

    • C. 

      Decrease following distance.

    • D. 

      Allow for greater stopping distance if need to stop arises.

    • E. 

      Use windshield wipers and defroster.

    • F. 

      Pass other vehicles if opportunity arises.

    • G. 

      Follow other vehicles from a safe distance.

    • H. 

      Drive in "tracks" left by vehicles ahead of you to provide best possible traction.

  • 17. 
    The defensive driver use his/her best judgment to determine a safe speed and following distance when driving in light, powdery snow.  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Who is always responsible for determining the correct speed and safe following distance?
    • A. 

      Highway workers

    • B. 

      Police

    • C. 

      The driver himself

    • D. 

      Other drivers

  • 19. 
     Heavy, slushy snow doesn't affect vehicle control.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    If snow becomes hard packed it can cause an ice hazard on the road surface.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    When driving in snow, the defensive driver should__________________.
    • A. 

      Slow down and increase following distance.

    • B. 

      Speed up and decrease following distance.

    • C. 

      Use high beam headlights.

  • 22. 
     Falling or blowing snow can greatly reduce visibility  and make it hard to  see the road, road markings, road signs, and off ramps.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    As with driving in foggy conditions, the use of high-beam “shooting” light will reflect off falling and blowing snow and reflect back at the driver, further reducing visibility.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    When driving in snow,  all slow maneuvers such as starting out, steering, backing and turning should be done smoothly and with extreme care to minimize skids and slides.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
     Snow hypnosis occurs when a driver is traveling directly into heavy snow and begins to focus on the falling snow instead of the road ahead.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False