Turn on Hazard Lights or Not?

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Should You Turn on Your Hazard Lights?

You should turn on hazard lights:

A.   Whenever you are driving slower than the flow of traffic.
B.   Whenever it is raining hard and you can barely see the road ahead.
C.   Whenever you are double parked.
D.   None of the above.

This is not a real DMV exam question, but it should give you something to think about. Are you one of these drivers that turn on emergency flashers in a heavy downpour or think it is a good idea to use hazard warning lights every time you driver slower than the rest of traffic?

If you are, you are not alone.

But here is a sobering fact that might come as a surprise to you. Driving with your emergency flashers on in these situations is illegal in many states – and for a good reason.

Emergencies Only

In states where driving with activated hazard lights is allowed, this is usually limited to emergencies and hazards only. If there is an unexpected accident ahead, and you need to warn others, then slowing down and activating hazard lights may be allowed. If your steering or brakes fail, you should also warn others with your hazard lights until you can come to a stop in a safe location.

Otherwise, you should refrain from using your emergency flashers, unless you have stopped because of an emergency on the roadway or on the shoulder, and your vehicle may interfere with traffic.

For your DMV test and future safe driving, make sure you know the law in your state. When driving from one state to another, you should check the laws before you embark on your trip. Or to be on the sage side, just be very restrictive when it comes to using emergency flashers.

Double Parking

Of course, double parking is always illegal. Turning on your emergency flashers while you leave your vehicle does NOT make double parking legal.

Get More Information about the Laws in Your State

Read more about when to use emergency flashers

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Do You Know What to Do at This Traffic Sign?

Common Road Signs United States by driversprep.com

Can You Answer this Question?

You approach this traffic sign. What should you do?

  A. Always come to a full stop.
  B. Change lanes and expect a school bus to turn around on the roadway.
  C. Be prepared to slow down and stop, if necessary.

Correct answer is found at the end of this post.

Traffic Signs on Your DMV test

Not all US traffic signs will appear on your written knowledge test, or even in your driver handbook. You are still responsible for knowing all signs and how to react to them. When taking the road test, your exterminator may ask you if you know the meaning of a traffic sign you pass, if he or she believes that you do not know the answer. So you better be well prepared.

School Bus Stop Ahead

This fluorescent yellow-green School Bus Stop Ahead is a fairly new sign. It is important to know that it is not used everywhere, only where it is most needed. You should not expect to see the sign in urban areas with low speed limits or where a stopped school bus can be easily seen from a distance.

Instead, expect to see the sign where a stopped school bus may be hidden behind a curve or not visible because of buildings and outside city limits where speed limits are higher.

What You Should Do

Anytime children may be present, you should adjust your speed and be alert. Watch for children and a stopped school bus ahead.

Slow down and stop, when necessary.

Remember, if school bus is stopped for loading or unloading children on your side of the roadway ahead, you must always come to a full stop behind the bus. You must remain stopped until the school bus starts moving again, or until red lights stop flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn.

Answer to DMV Question

Correct answer is C (Be prepared to slow down and stop, if necessary).

How Many Drivers Could pass their DMV Test Today?

Could you pass the DMV test today?

Actually, most licensed drivers would pass their written DMV test – should they be forced to take it today.

A recent survey by Driversprep.com showed that 3 out of 4 parents to teenagers studying for their learner’s permit passed the pretest. This also means that 1 out of 4 (25%) failed the test. A majority of these parents drove more than 600 miles/month and had been licensed for more than 5 years.

These parents are probably still good and safe drivers. But they might not be of much help to their teen studying for the written knowledge test.

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That is why Driversprep.com encourage parent and teenagers to study together. Sitting down and doing the DMV practice tests together will trigger important discussions, which will help to make our roads safer for all.

Most Common Driving Mistakes by Teens

As a parent it is important to understand that teen driving fatalities are still high. Motor vehicle crashes kill nearly five times as many teens as cancer or poisoning. Most of these crashes can be avoided. As an example, most teenagers (55%) that died in a crash 2012 were not wearing a seat belt.

A study by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute showed that 75 percent of all teen driver crashes resulted from three common mistakes.

The number one common mistake is driving too fast. It does not only include speeding over the speed limit, but also driving too fast for conditions such as not slowing down in work zones or on neighborhood streets.

A second common mistake is distracted driving. Any activity that could divert your attention away from the primary task of driving, is a distraction. Such distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety. A driver should always avoid looking away from the road for more than 1-2 seconds.

Third mistake is failing to recognize or react to a hazard. Looking on the road right ahead of your vehicle is a typical rookie mistake. A good driver will constantly scan the road and look well ahead of their vehicle. This comes with experience, but can also be taught in an early phase of the teenager’s education.

4 easy steps to ace the DMV test

Four Easy Steps to a Good Start

As an involved parent, it is a good idea to make sure your teen is off to a good start. The DMV test is not a history test, that can be easily forgotten. A good study strategy is crucial.

1. Get the Handbook

Getting the DMV driver’s manual or handbook from the local DMV office (or downloading it online) is an important step. Make sure you get the latest edition, since contents and laws change over time. It is a good idea for both parent and teenager to flip through it and scan the big subject headings and the smaller chapter titles. This will give you a pretty good idea of what the manual will cover.

2. Make a Study Plan and Set Goals

It may sound boring, but being able to divide the driver’s manual and studies into smaller chunks will help the learning process.

Use passing scores on practice tests as intermediate goals and set a date for the real DMV test.

Remember, most people (adults as well as teens) need at least six weeks to fully grasp the information in the manual, depending on how many hours a day they study.

When you have set a plan and goals, stick to them. Easier said than done, but it can be difference between success and failure.

3. Practice and Read the Manual

After studying the manual, it is a good idea to take a few practice tests. As a teen, it will give you a rough idea of how much you learned and what you have missed. For every question you miss, discuss it with a parent or adult, and go back to manual. Everything is based on the manual and the answer is in there.

4. Prepare with the Final Pretests

When you feel that you have covered everything in the manual, you should be able to take a practice test and score 90% or more. If you don’t, go back to step three and read the manual again. Don’t be lured into taking the practice test over and over again and try to pass by just memorizing questions and answers. Instructors who write the DMV tests will tweak wordings. You will not always recognize questions on the real test, even if the cover the same item.

A Final Word

A lot of statistics show that many students fail their first attempt at the written part of the DMV exam. This used to be true, but has improved significantly over the years. The reason is mainly the free online practice tests that you can take today. Driversprep.com was one of the first sites to offer these test for free and is still the leading authority when it comes to DMV practice tests. Take advantage of these free practice tests and use them as often as you want.

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Hawaii DMV Practice Tests with New Questions

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Preparing for the Instruction Permit Test

Passing the Hawaii instruction permit test is a challenging task. In fact, almost every second teenager fail the test at their first try.

The key to success is preparing well. It helps to pass the knowledge test with flying colors as well as to become a better and safer driver. This is especially important for teenagers since the risk of being in an accident is much greater when you are 20 years old or younger.

Why the Practice Tests Help

Studies show that using online practice tests doubles your chances of passing the knowledge tests. To get the largest number of driver’s license and permit practice questions, you should visit the Hawaii DMV tests at driversprep.com.

As always, Driver’s Prep covers everything you need for passing the knowledge test so you will feel prepared and confident when taking the exam.

Currently More Than 600 Questions

The latest update to the tests in February 2016 added almost 100 new questions.

Driver’s Prep Updates More DMV Tests

2015-09-28

New Updates to Idaho and Massachusetts

You get almost 1,000 DMV practice questions for each State, which is all you need to pass your written knowledge test without any problems or worry. As always, the permit practice tests at Driver’s Prep are 100% FREE. No hidden gimmicks and no sign-up.

How to Pass Your DMV Test

Start by getting your State’s Driver’s Manual. It is a MUST. Then, make sure you read it! It is also a good idea to discuss safe driving practices and rules of the road with a friend or an adult.

When you got the hang of most rules and laws, take some practice tests. This will show you if you have learned the material or not. Go back to the manual and study things you miss on each test. Then, take some more practice tests. This way you will build up confidence.

Read everything carefully. In a world of phones and computers, we tend not to read as carefully as we did when we got our tests on paper. Just remember this, and you will ace on the real DMV knowledge test.

Links to Your DMV Test

Wyoming 1,000 Driver License Practice Questions

Wyoming Rules of the Road

Revised Wyoming Practice Tests

The Wyoming license practice tests have been revised and updated with new unique license and permit questions and answers. The new tests are based on traffic rules, regulations, laws, and other material from the Wyoming Driver License Handbook: Rules of the Road released by Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).

How to Pass the Exam

By reading Rules of the Road and using the practice tests, you have the ultimate tutor! All questions come with a brief explanation or comment. This will speed up your learning and your knowledge exam easy.

Wyoming Passing Score

Wyoming has a passing score of 76%. You must correctly answer 19 out of 25 questions. Compared to other Stares, there are less questions about traffic signs and more questions about safe driving techniques.

Montana MVD Practice Test Update at Driver’s Prep

Montana MVD Practice Tests

New Montana MVD Practice Questions

Many new and updated questions have been added to the free Montana MVD practice tests at Driver’s Prep. You now have access to more than 1,000 questions to help your pass your MVD knowledge test and get your learner’s license.

Better and More Complete

This is the largest update to the tests ever made and basically all you need to ace your exam. The tests are better and more complete than on any other site. They cover traffic rules, regulations, laws, and all other information in the Montana Driver Manual (2015). You will also find questions on what to do in emergencies, how to drive safely and stay alert, and how fatigue, alcohol, and drugs may affect your driving.

Official MVD Questions Included

You will also get several of official Montana MVD knowledge questions.

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Why Should You Use Practice Tests at License Route?

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Updated Practice Tests at License Route

Today, you can find many websites with DMV practice tests. Not many has been around as long as licenseroute.com. The website started in 2009 and have an ever growing database of DMV practice questions. All questions are customized to meet the demands of each State’s Driver’s Manual. Some are taken directly from the State’s official test bank, some are unique for the website.

This month’s update include new questions from DMV California, Delaware, Oregon, and more.

Tests You Can Trust

Studying for you Driver’s License or Permit exam is an important task. You must make sure that the DMV practice tests are easy to use, accurate, and trustworthy.

Based in United States

Licenseroute.com is based in United States and has a long proven track record.

Higher Pass Rates

With online practice tests that cover all aspects of the driver handbook, you can be sure you have a better chance to pass your DMV exam. Surveys show that more than 93% pass their written knowledge test the first time.

Constant Updates

Practice test questions and answers are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. When the law changes, the practice tests change. They are always customized and up-to-date for each state.

No Account

You don’t need an account. Licenseroute.com don’t ask for your email address or any personal data. They don’t use gimmicks or 20-question-teasers. They will not try to sell you anything.

Seat Belt Reminder

Important Safety Reminder

See this dash-cam video of a young man who loses control of his vehicle and is thrown out. Somehow he survives this crash.

Remember to always wear your safety belt. Your chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash like this are much better if you stay inside the vehicle. If you are buckled up, it will keep you from being thrown out of your vehicle into the path of another vehicle.

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NC DMV Practice Tests on YouTube

North Carolina Practice Tests

First Set of NC DMV Practice Test Videos

A first set of three NC DMV practice test videos has been published on YouTube. The set contains some of the most important and common questions from the North Carolina road signs and knowledge tests.

Driver’s Prep will continue publish additional sets during spring. Be sure the check out the NC Permit Practice Test playlist on YouTube.

When You Are on the Go

The videos are great when you are on the go or perhaps waiting at the DMV. You can watch them on your phone or tablet.

Even if videos are a quick way to summarize your knowledge, we still urge you to read the North Carolina driver’s handbook. You should also take as many NCDOT permit practice test on driversprep.com as you can. This will help you learn and fully understand the contents of handbook and prepare you for the examination.

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