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9. Auto Accidents: Causes & Prevention

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Distractions, Alcohol & Drugs

Distractions

Conditions inside of your vehicle, such as distracting passengers, loud music, and doing other things while driving can also cause you to drive unsafely. Driving is a complex task that requires your full attention to avoid being involved in an accident.


Proper training through driver education and training and through practice on the road will help you to avoid accidents. You need to repeatedly practice correct responses to hazards while learning how to drive. Remember that only training and practice can overcome poor driving habits and attitudes which lead to accidents.


Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol and/or drugs are the primary collision factor in about 9% of fatal and injury accidents in California. Alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications can impair your:

  • Vision
  • Judgement
  • Reaction time

These impairments can result in an accident. You are risking a serious accident if you drive under the influence of alchohol or any drugs that impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle.

Alchohol and drugs will be discussed in detail in Lesson 11.

Lesson Summary


  

Lesson 9 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

  1. If you are distracted for one second, by a cell phone, passenger, or other distraction, at 30 mph you will travel how far "blindly"?


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  2. To avoid tailgating, and help avoid a rear-end collision, you should give yourself a gap of how many seconds behind the car in front of you?


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  3. Failure to yield is the primary cause of what percentage of fatal and injury collisions?


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  4. If you have a tire blowout:


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  5. Teenage drivers have a total accident rate that is _____ times that of adults:


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