elderlydriverAre You Still a Good Driver? Have you ever wondered if you, or an aging parent is safe to keep driving?

You may think so – after all, perhaps you’ve been driving for over 30 years and have a lot of experience behind the wheel, but do you really remember all the traffic laws? Are you obeying the rules of road or have you gotten a tad sloppy?

Truth is, if you were to go back and take the written test you might get more answers wrong than you think. Those young 16 year olds fresh out of driving school might get more answers right than you. Seriously! And the driving test is no better. Yes, you may have lots of experience driving in snow, rain, or fog and you’ve changed more than your fair share of flat tires but are you a good driver?

Here are a few questions to test you. To find out the answers, go to your state’s motor vehicle website. They have the handbook online.

* What is a rolling stop or California stop and can you get a ticket for it?

* Who has the right of way at a 4 way stop sign?

* Where exactly should you stop when at a stop sign?

* Can you make a turn in front of or behind pedestrians when they are in the crosswalk?

* What does a solid white line mean? Are you sure?

* In your state, is it against the law to drive with a cell phone at your ear?

* When you make a right hand turn onto a 4 lane road, which lane should you turn into?

* What is the speed limit when school zone lights are flashing? Can you ignore the flashing school zone lights if you know the school is out on holiday?

* Whose fault is it if you rear-end a car that stops suddenly?

* Do you know what the speed limit is when the conditions are foggy, rainy, icy, snowy or dark out? (trick question) These excuses will not get you out of a ticket if you get in an accident.

* In your state, is it against the law to drive for a continuous period of time in the fast lane on the freeway?

* Do you look over your shoulders to check your blind spots when you change lanes, or do you just use your side mirrors?

* How much room should you give the car in front of you so your backseat driver doesn’t accuse you of tailgating?
* How far in advance should you put your blinker on to signal your intention to turn?

So… how did you do? Some of these questions may make you feel a little squirmy under the collar. Now is the time to take a good look at your driving skills the next few times you get behind the wheel.

1. Know where you’re going before you leave the house. It’s amazing how often our cars head to our usual destinations before we can even think about it. Not paying attention to where you are going can lead to some bad driving decisions – like sudden lane changes or a right hand turn from the left lane.

2. If you’re in a hurry, make a point of slowing down. Your life and others’ lives are worth more than getting there a few seconds quicker.

Check with your car insurance company; some of them will offer discounts if you take a driving “refresher” course. Not only is this good for your wallet, it’s good for your safety plus the safety of the others who drive the same roads you do.

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