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In 2017 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported an astounding 37,133 traffic-related deaths on U.S. roads. While automotive technologies have vastly improved—such as automatic brakes and back up cameras—other factors including increased speed limits and distracted driving cancel out the progress we’re making toward safer roads. The good news: Many accidents can be avoided with some knowledge and a bit of defensive driving. Take this quiz to see if you’re up to date on avoiding the most common collisions, reducing damage if you are in a crash, and staying safe on the road.

  • 1. Rear-end collisions are commonly caused by:
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    (A)Tailgating

    (B)Aggressive drivers

    (C)Driving too fast

    (D)Poor spatial judgment

    (E)All of the above

  • 2. Side impact collisions occur when:
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    (A)Drivers are distracted

    (B)Drivers don’t stop quickly enough

    (C)Drivers are too low to see the side mirror

    (D)Drivers use incorrect hand signals

  • 3. During a collision with another vehicle, which should you do to avoid the most damage and injury?
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    (A)Apply the brakes as forcefully as possible

    (B)Swerve to the left

    (C)Swerve to the right

    (D)Attempt to make impact at an angle

  • 4. The best way to avoid accidents with wildlife is to:
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    (A)Not drive during dusk or dawn, prime feeding time for animals like deer and elk

    (B)Drive as slowly as possible when you’re in a wooded area

    (C)Flash your lights when you see animals nearby

    (D)Look for “animal crossing” signs

  • 5. When losing control on an icy road, you should:
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    (A)Apply constant, forceful pressure to the brakes

    (B)Put the car in neutral

    (C)Brake steadily

    (D)Attempt to swerve to reduce the car’s speed downhill

  • 6. Children don’t need to be in car seats after age 4.
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    (A)True

    (B)False

  • 7. If a collision is inevitable, you should protect your body by:
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    (A)Bending over and placing your head between your knees

    (B)Putting your arms in front of you to brace yourself

    (C)Sitting straight against the back of your seat

    (D)Putting your arms over your head

  • 8. Which factor is often responsible for a run-off-road collision?
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    (A)Performance error

    (B)Driver drowsiness

    (C)Poor decision-making

    (D)Driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol

    (E)All of the above

  • 9. How many lives do seatbelts save annually?
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    (A)5,000

    (B)500

    (C)15,000

    (D)1,500


Did You Know?

The NHTSA estimates that the use of helmets saved nearly 2,000 motorcyclists in 2016, and another 802 people could have survived fatal accidents had they been wearing helmets.