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More good news for folks preparing to take their written driver’s exam. Here is another mini-practice test to help you prepare. These tests are designed to provide safe driving tips as well as help you pass the exam. You can also log online to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles,, and click on the application called “Take the Challenge” to access additional practice tests.

The official DMV drivers’ manual, also available at the above referenced web site, focuses on five important categories: Impaired Driving: Driver Responsibilities; Rules of the Road; Vehicle Equipment; and Intersections. Today’s practice test tackles the first of these key categories, Impaired Driving, a matter of life and death.

The questions that follow are similar to those you will encounter on the state exam. Though they are not taken from the actual exam, they will provide good practice, so let’s see how you do – good luck.

Practice Test

1 Which factor is present in more fatal motor vehicle crashes in Alaska?

a) Moose.

b) Alcohol.

c) Improper passing.

d) Defective Equipment.

The correct answer is b) Alcohol. Highway fatalities are one of the reasons Alaska has some pretty tough laws against driving under the influence. The problem is prevalent in Alaska and all across the country. According to the Alaska DMV, impaired drivers kill someone in the United States every 30 minutes. That’s nearly 50 people a day, and almost 18,000 citizens a year.

2 Over the counter medications such as diet pills or cold medicines might affect a person’s ability to drive.

a) True

b) False

The correct answer is a) True. There are other drugs and substances besides alcohol that interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely. These include some over-the-counter allergy remedies and cold pills which may contain compounds that can affect driving. Also amphetamines that are used in stimulants and diet pills can make driving dangerous.

3 Alcohol is involved in almost half of all traffic deaths.

a) True

b) False

The correct answer is a) True. Alcohol use is a significant factor in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Alaska. Almost 45 percent of all traffic deaths each year involve alcohol.

This is the end of the mini-test. How did you do? Each year, fellow Alaskans will die on the highway as a result of drinking and driving. Alaska has enacted tough laws to combat this serious problem, and the Alaska Drivers’ exam will test your knowledge and understanding of them. So study up, and don’t drink and drive.

Wishing you many safe driving days ahead,

Ward Merdes

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