True or false

Take a few moments to take this defensive driving quiz. You should be able to answer all of the questions. Knowing the answers to these questions will help you become a better defensive driver and may also help prevent accidents.


Let's begin:

  1. You should keep 2 to 4 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. True or false?

    The correct answer is true. Allow more distance in bad weather or at night. During bad weather or darkness, use the 4 second rule as a minimum. You may need to increase this by a few seconds if conditions are especially hazardous.


  2. If you go into a skid, turn the wheel in the opposite direction of the skid. True or false?

    The correct answer is false. Turn the wheel in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.


  3. If you go into a skid, slam on the brakes as fast and hard as you can. True or false?

    The correct answer is false. Slamming on your brakes will probably make the skid worse and may cause you to lose all control of the vehicle. This advice also applies to any type of skid that takes place on ice or on water.


  4. If you've have too much to drink, a couple of cups of coffee will sober you up. True or false?

    The correct answer is false. Coffee won't sober you up. Only time will. Allow at least 1 hour for each drink before driving.


  5. Many drowsy driving accidents occur in mid-afternoon hours. True or false?

    The correct answer is true. Drowsy driving accidents also frequently occur early in the morning and late at night.

How did you do? Did you get all the answers right?

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