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8. Rules of the Road

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5. Driving in Traffic

Driving in Traffic

You should position your vehicle so as to:

  • keep up with the flow of traffic within legal limits
  • avoid other driver?s blind spots
  • keep other vehicles out of your blind spots
  • avoid maintaining a side-by-side position except for short periods of time
  • avoid driving in bunches or packs

  • Space to Cross or Enter
    When crossing or entering city or highway traffic from a full stop, use your turn signal and leave a large enough gap to get up to the speed of other vehicles. You must share the space with traffic already on the road. It is important to know how much space you need for merging, crossing, entering, and exiting out of traffic. You need a gap that is about:

    • Half a block on city streets.
    • A full block on the highway.

    If you are crossing lanes or turning, make sure there are no vehicles or people blocking the path ahead or to the sides of your vehicle. You do not want to be caught in an intersection with traffic coming at you.

    Even if the light is green, do not start across an intersection if there are cars blocking your way. It is against the law to enter an intersection unless there is space to get completely across. This situation is called gridlock .

    This describes one of the major items that the DMV examiner will be watching for, while you are driving.

    When turning left, do not start the turn just because an approaching vehicle has its right turn signal on. The driver may plan to turn just beyond you, or the signal may have been left on from an earlier turn. This is particularly true of motorcycles. Their signal lights often do not turn off automatically. Wait until the other driver actually starts to turn before you continue.

    Lesson Summary


      

    Lesson 8 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. You must use your turn signal


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    2. A right-turn-on-red can be made, at a red arrow:


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    3. The minimum speed limit in California is:


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    4. Entering an intersection before you can safely cross through it, and blocking it:


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    5. In California, changing lanes in the middle of an intersection:


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