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10. Sharing the Road

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Sharing with Emergency Vehicles

The most common winter work vehicles are snowplows. There are many things to remember when approaching a snowplow. Snowplows travel at reduced speeds. Slow down when approaching a snowplow.

Stay behind the snowplow at least 300-500 feet. If you follow too closely to a snowplow when it is sanding or salting the roadway, your vehicle may get pelted with sand and salt.

Never pass a snowplow. Snowplows create artificial snow clouds that may be very dangerous because of various debris that is found in them. It is also difficult to determine which side of the plow is down. If your vehicle strikes the plow, it may cause serious damage to you and/or your vehicle.

Never drive between snowplows. When you see more than one snowplow together it creates an opportunity to clear the roadway faster and safer. But your chances of being in a crash with a snowplow is greatly increased when trying to drive between these teams of snowplows. Remember that each loaded snowplow weighs 50,000 pounds. An average vehicle weighs 3,000 pounds. Do not tempt fate.

Always yield to snowplows. The easiest way to convince yourself to yield to a snowplow is the fact that driving conditions behind a snowplow are much better than conditions ahead of it.

There is a lot of work that is done off of the roadway. Guardrail repair, litter pickup, and drainage repair are just a few examples. Make sure you are always aware of what is going on around you. Stay alert and prepare to stop when approaching any kind of work being done on or off the roadway.

Whenever anything unusual is happening off the roadway anticipate slowdowns due to drivers unnecessarily watching the work. When approaching a work zone off of the roadway, continue at the posted speed and fight off the urge to slow down and look. This will help in keeping the roadway moving.


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Lesson 10 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.

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  2. If you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights:


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  3. In the United States, a bicyclist is killed:


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  4. Pedestrians comprise about what ratio of traffic fatalities?


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  5. An orange trianglular sign on the back of a vehicle means:


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