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10. Sharing the Road

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School Buses

School buses must activate red lights at all stops to load or unload students, may activate flashing amber lights when approaching loading stops, and may activate an automatic stop sign. Look for stopped school buses and be prepared for children crossing the street.

Flashing yellow lights on a stopped school bus warn you to prepare to stop because children are going to be leaving the bus. Flashing red lights on a school bus indicate that children will be entering or exiting the bus.

School children may be crossing the road to or from the school bus. The flashing red lights are located at the top front and top back of the school bus.

If you see flashing red lights on a stopped school bus on your side of the road, you must stop until the lights stop flashing. If you see flashing red lights on a stopped school bus on the other side of the road, you must stop until the lights stop flashing, unless the roadway is divided by a median or wall, or if there are two or more lanes of traffic traveling in each direction.

You must obey hand signals and instructions from school bus operators. If you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights, you may be fined up to $1,000 and your license can be suspended for a period of 1 year.

Be cautious when encountering a school bus, even when its red lights are not flashing. Be courteous to the school bus driver. Give school busses the right-of-way.

Avoid causing a school bus to make abrupt maneuvers, such as by cutting it off. You should increase the cushion of space in front of your vehicle to at least 4 seconds when you see a bus or school bus ahead.

Do not drive faster than 25 miles per hour near school bus stops if there are children present.

Watch for children who may dart out before the school bus arrives or after school bus has departed.

Be aware that school buses and other large vehicles that carry passengers must stop at railroad crossings, whether or not a train is approaching.

If you are following a school bus, slow down early to allow plenty of room for the bus to stop when approaching railroad crossings.

Lesson Summary


  

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.

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


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  2. Pedestrians comprise about what ratio of traffic fatalities?


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  4. The most common collision in a work zone is from:


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


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