BETTER DRIVING is not a simple skill that can be learned and put to one side.
BETTER DRIVING is an attitude of mind. However, it only works when you apply the principles learned, the whole of the time you are behind the wheel However, more than anything else, it applies when you are thinking about driving. BETTER DRIVING means wanting to be better than you were - every time you move off.
BETTER DRIVERS do not know it all, they know they are still learning.... TRY THIS INITIAL DRIVER’S QUIZ
Quiz No 1
1 Under normal driving conditions you should be looking and planning what you intend to do for at least:
a 2 seconds ahead
b 4 seconds ahead
c 10 seconds ahead
d 20 seconds ahead.
2 Right of Way, when applied to driving on the roads,
a Is always given to the traffic on the main road.
b Only applies to traffic turning left into side roads.
c Should be given to people emerging on your left.
d Does not exist, you can only give priority not take it.
3 You wish to overtake a large truck on a three-lane single carriageway in a 50 mph limit. What position should you take up in relation to the vehicle ahead?
a As close as you can before moving out
b About two car lengths from the truck before moving out
c Move out from about ten car lengths before deciding to pass
d Move out from ten car lengths and get past as soon as possible.
4 It has been a long hot summer, and today there is the first light shower of rain for a long time.
What is the greatest danger to a new driver?
a Oncoming vehicles’ lights dazzling them.
b The road becoming very greasy and slippery.
c The brake drums getting wet and need drying out.
d Being distracted by the wipers making a noise.
5 You have just bought a second hand car and you are not sure if the tyres are legal.
Which of the following would not be illegal?
a One of the tyre’s tread depth is only 2.6 mm.
b A cross ply and radial ply tyre are fitted on the same axle.
c Both front tyres are under-inflated by 5 lbs per sq inch.
d The tyres are wider than the wheel arches of the car.
6 The minimum amount of alcohol which a driver can consume before it can have any effect on their driving skill and judgement is:
a A pint of shandy - half beer and half lemonade
b Two glasses of white wine with dinner
c A double whisky taken with soda;
d Two pints of strong ale.
7 Which of the following is the only way in which a driver can cancel the effects of alcohol?
a Take lots of fresh air walking around the car park
b Drink a glass of milk before taking in any alcohol.
c Allow at least one hour for every unit of alcohol.
d Eating a substantial meal whilst drinking.
8 If your vehicle is fitted with ABS braking what effect is this most likely to have on the vehicle and the way it can be driven?
a You can stop in a shorter distance.
b The brakes are better in the wet.
c You can steer and brake together.
d The front brakes will lock up quicker.
9 The national speed limit for motor cars on dual carriageway roads is
a 50 mph
b 60 mph
c 70 mph
d Dependent upon the weather conditions.
10 You are the first to arrive at the scene of a road traffic accident on a rural road involving at least four or five cars.
It is dark and raining.
What should you do first?
a Telephone for the ambulance and fire brigade to arrive.
b Switch off any engines and warn oncoming traffic.
c Get the injured out of their cars to safety.
d Drive on to the next town to ring for help.
HOW WELL DID YOU DO?
1 c You need to plan at least ten seconds ahead
2 d Right of way does not exist on the roads - merely priority
3 c You can see better and still change your mind
4 b Long dry spells plus water create ideal skid pan conditions
5 a The minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm
6 a Any amount of alcohol has some effect on everyone
7 c Time is the only way to disperse alcohol from the system
8 c ABS prevents wheels locking; so you can steer and brake
9 c 70 mph is the national speed limit unless signed otherwise
10 b Safeguard the scene first, avoid making the accident worse.