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9. Auto Accidents: Causes & Prevention

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Hogging the Road

Fewer things are more annoying than having a driver in front of you hog the road. Road hogs take two different forms:

  • those who swerve from side to side within their lane, or drive too closely to the dividing lines between lanes
  • those who will not pull to the right or use a turn-out lane to let you pass

Failing to keep to the right or hogging the road can lead to aggressive and dangerous behavior on the part of other drivers who are stuck driving behind you.

If another driver wants to pass you, be courteous and let them do so. Do not speed up during passing lanes, and use turn-out lanes so that others may pass you safely.

If a slow-moving vehicle in front of you refuses to pull into a turnout lane or otherwise will not let you pass, try to control your anger. Do not honk your horn or pull close to the other vehicle’s back bumper, or otherwise submit to road rage. Pull back and give the driver a lot of space.

If you are driving too close to the left or right side of your lane, other drivers traveling in your direction will not feel like they have enough room or otherwise feel safe passing you. If you are swerving from side to side in your lane, drivers may pull partially into the oncoming traffic lane in an attempt to pass you, which can cause a dangerous head-on collision.

Try to drive in the center of your lane. This gives you a side-to-side space cushion which allows you more time to react to hazards such as swerving vehicles. If you cannot keep a stable position within your lane, you probably should not be driving.

If you encounter a driver who is driving from side-to-side or hugging a lane divider line, give the driver a lot of space. The person may be drunk or otherwise preoccupied.


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


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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. 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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