5 Tips About Trucks for Your Permit Exam

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Why You Will Get Truck Questions on Your Test

In 2012, we saw 3,921 fatal truck crashes on American roads. The majority of people killed are the occupants of passenger cars, not the occupants of the truck. Over half of all traffic crashes involving large trucks or buses and passenger cars are the fault of the car driver.

By 2023, 12 billion tons of goods is expected to be transported by truck annually. This means that we will see more trucks driving on the roads and must be constantly aware of the dangers when sharing the road with large vehicles.

Here are five tips about trucks and large vehicles to remember for your safety on the road and for your driver’s license test or DMV permit test.

1. Blind Spots

One-third of all car-truck crashes involve blind spots. An excellent rule of thumb for drivers sharing the road with large vehicle is, ”If you cannot see a truck driver in his or her side mirror, he or she cannot see you.”. You can read more here: No-Zones

2. Trucks Swing Wide

When any vehicle makes a turn, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the greater the difference. This means that a large vehicle may move to the left before making a right turn. Stay back and pay close attention to the vehicle’s turn signals.

Never try to pass on the right-hand side at intersections. The truck might not know that you are there and if the truck turns, you might get squeezed between the truck and the curb.

Read more here: Squeeze Play Crashes

3. Trucks Have Longer Stopping Distances

The exact stopping distances in feet are not of great importance. You must, however, understand that larger vehicles take longer to stop than a car traveling at the same speed.

Cutting into the open space in front of a truck may put you at risk if you suddenly must slow down or stop. Never cut off a truck in traffic just because you need to reach an exit or change lanes.

4. Never Tailgate

Tailgating is always dangerous, and it is especially dangerous when following large vehicles. If you follow a truck too closely, the truck will block your view ahead. You will not see what the trucker sees and may not have enough time to react if the truck suddenly swerves or brakes to avoid a hazard.

5. Do Not Underestimate the Speed of a Truck

Due to its large size, a truck or tractor-trailer often appears to be traveling slower than it actually is. Many car-truck collisions occur at intersections because the driver of the car misjudges how close the truck is or how quickly it is approaching.


Getting Ready to Ace Your Permit Exam

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Your Responsibilities

You have probably waited a long time for the day you can experience the freedom of driving – so be sure not to overlook the importance of preparing for this exam.

Remember that, while driving may seem easy and fun, it does come with responsibilities toward your own safety and the safety of others. It is vital that you recognize the great responsibility that comes with a driving privilege.

Be ready to ace your permit exam by learning the rules of the road, and be ready to apply these rules as your first steps to becoming a safe and skillful driver.

Your First Step

Getting a copy of your state’s driver’s manual is a necessary first step. Make sure you get the latest version. If you download an electronic copy, you should also make sure it is from your own state’s official website, since driving regulations do vary from state to state.

Base Your Future Driving on Knowledge

Don’t assume you already understand the rules, based on the experience of other drivers or what you have seen others do. Unfortunately, there are many drivers on the road that forget to do the right thing or are not aware of new rules. Having a long driving experience isn’t always the same as being a good driver.

Knowing the current rules and safe driving practices can give you an advantage. You can be more confident and you may even find that you have new and valuable information for others.

While you shouldn’t discount the experience of driver’s that you know and trust, you should always gather your own information. If you find conflicting information don’t be afraid to clarify with your state’s division that handles motor vehicles and licensing.

The Importance of Practice Tests

It’s important to take practice tests – but do not use this as your only method of study for your actual exam or you may find yourself ill-prepared.

A practice test enables you to become familiar with the format of questions and the areas covered on your permit exam. Being familiar with the final knowledge exam will help alleviate some of the fear of the unknown, so you can concentrate on learning.

Remember to always balance your practice exam with studying the driver’s manual.

Don’t Rush

Don’t rush yourself. This is exciting, yes… so realize that it is important and well worth the time it may take to get it right. You need at least a couple of weeks, preferably months, to study.

Keep a good attitude. Maintain healthy eating and sleeping before this exam. Being at your best is important, because the final test questions can be a challenge even if you are well-prepared.

Above all, try to get a really good night’s rest the night before your test. If you find yourself unable to sleep, don’t go back to studying! It will just add to your stress. Instead you should relax and tell yourself that you have already done all you can.

Earning Your Driver’s License

Earning your driver’s license is an accomplishment. It will most certainly open up new opportunities for you. So, take your time to thoroughly prepare for this important step.

You will not regret it.

Why Novice Drivers Have Passenger Restrictions

The more the merrier? The more the scarier.

Graduated Driver’s License Programs

All 50 states and District of Columbia have a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program. GDL programs are designed to help new drivers gain driving experience over time and in a safe manner.

Typically, such a program contains three steps or phases. In most states, the first steps mean a learner’s permit and an intermediate license. The permit phase include supervised practice to allow young drivers to mature and develop their skills in the presence of an adult. The intermediate phase comes with several restrictions, including a limit on the number of passengers.

Why a Limit on the Number of Passengers?

The reason for the passenger restriction is the risk-taking behavior that peer pressure triggers. Studies by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that young, novice drivers are two-and-a-half times more likely to engage potentially risky behaviors when driving with one teenage peer compared to when driving alone. Studies also show that young men are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior compared to women.

The More, The Scarier…

According to NHTSA, the risk of a fatal crash went up in direct relation to the number of teenagers in the car. When driving with multiple teenage peers, the likelihood increased to three times.

In the presence of peers, distractions for teen drivers like loud conversation and horseplay are more common. On the other hand, studies showed that electronic device use were less common in the presence of passengers.

Strong Laws Save Lives

Research shows that states with the strongest GDL laws also have manage to reduce teen driver deaths more than states with weaker laws. Raising the age limits and have teenagers wait longer before they get a permit or a full license, have also proven to saves lives.

Six states (Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota) have no or less strict rules for the number of passengers during the intermediate phase.

What You Must Know

If you are a young driver and apply for a permit or intermediate license you must know the minimum age for unsupervised driving, night curfews, and passenger limitations. All permit knowledge tests will have questions on GDL rules.

You should also know that most states have laws that restrict the use of electronic devices, like cell phones, for young drivers. 37 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers.

Check the Rules

Of course, permit test questions and answers on our practice tests also include GDL restrictions and rules. To look up a specific state’s requirements and what questions are likely to appear on your test, study your driver’s manual or driver handbook.

Source: www.nhtsa.gov


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Lower Insurance Costs in California

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Uninsured Vehicles in California

About three million vehicles on California’s roadways are uninsured or inadequately insured. These uninsured drivers typically have the most unreliable and unsafe cars. It is likely that they are also the least careful drivers. Studies have shown that the more uninsured drivers there are on the road, the more fatal car crashes.

Uninsured drivers are a problem. They cost other drivers billions of dollars each year. If only 30 percent of all uninsured California drivers purchased insurance, California drivers could save $250 million in costs

Two Steps to Large Insurance Savings

A new law in 2013 provided access to licenses for 1.4 million non-citizen individuals in California. Unlicensed immigrants previously lacked insurance because they could not buy coverage when they did not have a valid license.

January 1, 2015, a new law will go into effect. It will help more low-income drivers to purchase affordable automobile insurance. The new law expands and enhances California’s current Low-Cost Automobile Insurance Program (CLCA).

It is believed that a substantial number of the 1.4 million non-citizens will benefit from the new law. The change can potentially also reduce insurance rates for everyone.

Senate Bill 1273

Among others, the Senate Bill (1273) was supported by Personal Insurance Federation of California, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, and United Farmworkers of America.