Rules of the Road – it’s an important topic, and the subject of this segment in the Merdes & Merdes continuing series of mini-practice tests for folks preparing to take their written driver’s exam.
These mini-tests are designed to provide safe driving tips and tactics as well as help you pass the exam. You can also log online to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, www.alaska.gov/dmv, 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.
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.
1 You are approaching a school bus which has stopped with red lights flashing in the oncoming lane. You should:
a) Stop and wait for it to load or unload children.
b) Stop, check for children, and then proceed.
c) Stop and wait until the flashing red lights go off.
d) Watch for children and be ready to stop if you see any.
The correct answer is c) Stop and wait until the flashing red lights go off. This is true whether you are approaching the stopped bus in the oncoming lane or from behind. Remember, our kids are precious cargo, and Alaska Law takes their safety seriously.
2 You are traveling on a two lane highway and there are five or more vehicles behind you. You are required to:
a) Activate your hazard flashing lights.
b) Signal the vehicles behind you to pass.
c) Turn off the highway at the next turnout or safe area.
d) Ignore the vehicles behind you.
The correct answer is c) Turn off the highway at the next turnout or safe area. It is a matter of driver courtesy, common sense and safety, and it’s the law. AS 28.35.140 requires drivers on a two lane roadway outside of an urban area to safely pull over when there are five or more vehicles immediately behind.
3 Headlights must be turned on:
a) From sunset to sunrise.
b) From ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
c) From ½ hour before sunset to ½ hour after sunrise.
d) From 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The correct answer is b) From ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise. Though many people drive with their lights on all the time, remember “dusk to dawn” is more than a rule of thumb. It’s the law.
This is the end of the mini-test. How did you do? To qualify for an operator’s license, Alaska law requires you to acquire knowledge, develop driving skills, and to know and follow the Rules of the Road.
Wishing you many safe driving days ahead,