Test Your Knowledge Of The 5 Smith Keys For Defensive Driving

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Are you aware of the 5 Smith Keys for defensive driving? Here's a chance to test your knowledge of the 5 smith keys for defensive driving. Take the quiz below and the result will determine how well you understand this topic. The Smith System of driving is about reducing collisions, preventing injuries, and saving lives. There are five basic principles that a learner should be well informed on. Give this quiz a try and see if you are well prepared to tackle this exam. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What Smith Driving Key is related to eye lead time?
    • A. 

      Make sure they see you

    • B. 

      Keep your eyes moving

    • C. 

      Leave a way out

    • D. 

      Aim high in steering

    • E. 

      Get the big picture

  • 2. 
    Tailgaters are "low aim" drivers. What are some of the habits of tailgaters?
    • A. 

      Sudden braking, riding the brake

    • B. 

      Stressed out driving

    • C. 

      More chance of a rear end collision

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A & C

  • 3. 
    What is to be gained by aiming high, looking down the road?
    • A. 

      You will see construction zones sooner.

    • B. 

      You will see hazardous conditions before other drivers.

    • C. 

      You will be able to pace traffic, save gas and wear on vehicle.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A & B

  • 4. 
    Seeing all around us, checking the front, sides, and rear is related to which of the Smith Driving Five Keys?
    • A. 

      Aim high in steering

    • B. 

      Get the big picture

    • C. 

      Keep your eyes moving

    • D. 

      Leave yourself an out

    • E. 

      Make sure they see you

  • 5. 
    When staring ahead for more than 2 seconds, you rob yourself of what?
    • A. 

      Seeing vehicles around us.

    • B. 

      Seeing situations that are occurring beside us.

    • C. 

      Seeing vehicles behind us.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A & C

  • 6. 
    What is the proper following distance while traveling?
    • A. 

      4 car lengths

    • B. 

      3 car lengths

    • C. 

      5 seconds, at any speed

    • D. 

      15 seconds, at any speed

  • 7. 
    Distracted drivers do not have the big picture while driving. What are some distractions that we all may have?
    • A. 

      Cell phones

    • B. 

      Unsecured items in your vehicle

    • C. 

      Beautiful scenery

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    What Smith Driving Key is related to eye movement?
    • A. 

      Aim high in steering

    • B. 

      Keep your eyes moving

    • C. 

      Get the big picture

    • D. 

      Leave yourself an out

    • E. 

      Make sure they see you

  • 9. 
    How often should we be moving our eyes?
    • A. 

      Constantly - At least every 2 seconds.

    • B. 

      Every time you make a turn in your vehicle.

    • C. 

      Only when backing.

    • D. 

      When something interesting is about to happen.

    • E. 

      At least every 5 to 7 seconds.

  • 10. 
    Describe your approach when entering an intersection
    • A. 

      Speed up if the light is about to turn red.

    • B. 

      Look left, right, left to watch for oncoming traffic.

    • C. 

      Come to a stop before you go through an intersection.

    • D. 

      Look right, left, then right again.

  • 11. 
    Your peripheral vision is about 180 degrees around you. What purpose does peripheral vision serve while driving?
    • A. 

      Picks up movement around your vehicle.

    • B. 

      Picks up color and light around your vehicle.

    • C. 

      Acts as an "Early Warning System" while driving.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    Building and maintaining a "Space Cushion" around our vehicle is most closely related to which Smith Driving Key?
    • A. 

      Aim high in steering

    • B. 

      Keep your eyes moving

    • C. 

      Get the big picture

    • D. 

      Leave yourself an out

    • E. 

      Make sure they see you

  • 13. 
    Most drivers stay in packs or herds as they travel. Why is this practice risky?
    • A. 

      If one driver has an emergency, they all have an emergency.

    • B. 

      Reduces your time to react to situations.

    • C. 

      Reduces your space cushion and limits your escape routes.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    What is the recommended space to leave when stopped behind a vehicle?
    • A. 

      2 car lengths

    • B. 

      Being able to see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you

    • C. 

      3 car lengths

    • D. 

      50 feet

    • E. 

      1 car length

  • 15. 
    It is recommended that we leave a vehicle length space cushion behind the crosswalk or balk line (white line) when stopped at an intersection. What are the advantages of this space cushion?
    • A. 

      It gives you space to park.

    • B. 

      If hit from the rear, you will be less likely to be pushed into the crosswalk or intersection.

    • C. 

      So that the people walking across will have plenty of room.

    • D. 

      It gives you room to do a circle check before leaving.

  • 16. 
    Making eye contact is most closely related to which Smith Driving Key?
    • A. 

      Aim high in steering

    • B. 

      Keep your eyes moving

    • C. 

      Make sure they see you

    • D. 

      Get the big picture

    • E. 

      Leave yourself an out

  • 17. 
    What are some methods of making eye contact?
    • A. 

      Flash your lights

    • B. 

      Friendly hand signal

    • C. 

      Tap your horn

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 18. 
    For which condition should you allow greater following distance?
    • A. 

      Poor weather

    • B. 

      Reduced visibility

    • C. 

      At temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • D. 

      A & B

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    As a general rule, how often should you check your mirrors?
    • A. 

      Every 3 seconds

    • B. 

      Whenever your peripheral vision detects a change in activity.

    • C. 

      Every 5 to 8 seconds

    • D. 

      At least every 30 seconds

  • 20. 
    What is the best way to avoid a backing accident?
    • A. 

      Carefully examine the area surrounding your vehicle before moving.

    • B. 

      Avoid backing when possible.

    • C. 

      Have someone serve as a guide behind your vehicle.

    • D. 

      Sound your horn before backing.

  • 21. 
    Smith System recommends this technique while backing
    • A. 

      Concentrate on one mirror during the maneuver.

    • B. 

      Back rapidly to minimize the time exposed to risk.

    • C. 

      Back at approximately 5 MPH.

    • D. 

      Back slowly

  • 22. 
    If you must back, the best time to do it is when you first arrive
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    You must have your seatbelt properly fastened
    • A. 

      While driving around in the work center parking lot

    • B. 

      When driving slowly

    • C. 

      When you take gearshift out of park

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    Your eye-lead time is the time/distance that you look down the road. How many seconds is recommended?  
    • A. 

      2

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      15

    • D. 

      Be aware of the vehicle in front of you.

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