Quiz To Test Your Knowledge Of The 5 Smith Keys For Defensive Driving

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Quiz To Test Your Knowledge Of The 5 Smith Keys For Defensive Driving

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. This is a quiz to test your knowledge of the 5 Smith Keys for Defensive Driving. Give it a shot and see if you are well prepared to tackle the oral exams. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    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

  • 2. 
    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

  • 3. 
    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

  • 4. 
    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

  • 5. 
    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

  • 6. 
    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

  • 7. 
    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

  • 8. 
    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

  • 9. 
    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

  • 10. 
    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

  • 11. 
    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

  • 12. 
    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

  • 13. 
    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

  • 14. 
    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

  • 15. 
    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

  • 16. 
    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

  • 17. 
    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

  • 18. 
    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

  • 19. 
    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

  • 20. 
    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

  • 21. 
    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

  • 22. 
    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

  • 23. 
    If you must back, the best time to do it is when you first arrive
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    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

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