Test your vehicle and traffic I.Q. —answers

Last week’s article presented 20 questions on vehicle and traffic law (VTL) and traffic safety. Hopefully you took the test and kept your answers handy. This article repeats the questions and includes the answers. See how you did.

True or False

1. If your vehicle has daytime running lights, you are not required to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on. [False. Your full headlights and taillights are required]

2. Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, if you are caught speeding in excess of 50 km/h (31 mph) above the posted speed limit police can impound your vehicle and license on the spot. [True. And, fines start at $2,000 up to $10,000]

3. You pull over to the shoulder of the road to make a phone call. While stopped on the shoulder, you must keep your right turn signal on. [False. VTL prohibits using the right turn signal when stopped on the shoulder — you must use your 4-way hazard lights]

4. Rear seat passengers 16 years old and older are not required to wear seatbelts. [False. Effective as of 11/1/2020, all passengers in automobiles & taxis must be restrained]

5. If there are no sidewalks available, NYS VTL requires pedestrians to walk on the left side of the street or road facing oncoming traffic, and requires bicyclists to always ride on the right side of the street or road with traffic. [True]

6. It is illegal for a pedestrian to cross a roadway at other than an intersection. [False. Mid-block crossing is allowed but pedestrians must yield to all traffic upon the roadway]

7. If it is safe to do so, you may legally cross a double solid line when passing a bicyclist riding on the shoulder. [True. It’s part of the “slow down, move over” law to pass to the left of a bicyclist or pedestrian at a safe distance]

8. A “two way left turn” lane (center turn lane) may be used to turn left from a street or road entering the street or road you want to turn into. (True, according to section 1126(c) of VTL)

9. Under NYS VTL, in Franklin County, the NYS Dep’t of Transportation has the authority for setting all speed limits on state, county, and town highways. [True]

10. When preparing for a left turn ahead, where there is a dedicated left turn lane, you must signal your movement from the driving lane into the left turn lane 100 feet before moving into the left turn lane, AND, you must also signal your left turn 100 feet prior to the turn. [True. VTL requires signaling at least 100 feet before lane changes and for turns]

Multiple choice questions

11. At a signalized intersection, you are facing a green light and want to turn left, but there is a string of oncoming traffic. You should: a) stop at the stop bar and wait, b) go straight so as not to hold up traffic behind you, c) turn right and then make a U-turn, d) proceed into the intersection and wait for a break in oncoming traffic or the light to change, then complete your left turn. [d — You may enter the intersection to prepare for your left turn if the light is green and no other vehicle ahead of you is preparing for a left turn]

12. When parallel parking a vehicle on a village street with curbs, you must park within: a) 6 inches from the curb, b) 12 inches from the curb, c) 18 inches from the curb. [b — 12 inches from the curb]

13. Parking is prohibited: a) within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, b) within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, c) on a crosswalk, d) on a sidewalk, e) where prohibited by an official sign, f) all of these. [f — all of the answers a through e]

14. A conviction for texting while driving carries: a) 0, b) 2, c) 3, d) 5 driver violation points. [d — 5 driver violation points]

15. If a snowplow hits and damages your rural mailbox, the municipality that owns the snowplow must repair the mailbox within a) 48 hours, b) one week, c) by the following April 1st, d) is under no obligation to repair it. [d ­– no obligation to repair it]

16. Unless other times are specified on a SCHOOL SPEED ZONE sign, the school speed limit is in effect for which two answers: a) at all times, b) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on school days, c) whenever beacons are flashing, d) only when students are present. [b and c]

17. You are driving in Quebec and face a flashing green light. The meaning of this is: a) you may only proceed straight or turn right through the intersection, b) you may safely make a left turn in front of oncoming traffic, c) no left turn is allowed. [b — similar to a left turn green arrow]

18. Under which three of the following five conditions are U-turns prohibited: a) upon any curve or upon the approach to, or near the crest of a grade where such motor vehicle cannot be seen by another driver within 500 feet, b) within a school zone, c) on any roadway with a speed limit over 40 mph, d) where official signs prohibit U-turns, e) on a highway with 4 or more lanes? [a, b, and d]

19. If facing a blinking yellow left turn arrow, it means: a) don’t turn – the yellow arrow is about to turn red, b) you may turn left only if it is safe to do so, c) you must wait for a green light to make a left turn, d) trucks only may turn left. [b]

20. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration assesses driver error in: a) 50 %, b) 75 %, c) 88 %, or d) 94 % of all traffic crashes. [d — 94%]

Most of these questions are straightforward, laws that all drivers should know. If you did well (at least 17 right), keep up the good work. If you didn’t do so well, maybe you should enroll in a driver safety class or at least get a driver’s manual and read up on the information therein. And, keep reading these weekly articles on VTL and traffic safety.


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