HOW’S YOUR DRIVING?

As a commercial vehicle driver, you have an important job to do. With nearly six million commercial motor vehicles on our nation’s roads and highways, it’s important to understand how to drive safely so you and other drivers make it to your destinations. Your most important stop is the one you make at your front door—how safely you get there is up to you.

Truckers live on the road.

It’s the unsafe ones who die there.

Take this quiz to find out how much you understand about driving your big-rig safely:
One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in a “no-zone.”

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While driving, how far in front of you should you look in order to avoid dangerous situations?

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How often should you check your mirrors?

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Taking shortcuts is a safe way to save time on your trip.

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Before making a lane change, you should first scan adjacent traffic and then use your turn signal.

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Nearly 25 percent of speeding-related large-truck fatalities occur during adverse weather conditions.

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Speed limits posted on curve warnings are intended for both passenger vehicles and large trucks.

√ Correct! They are for passenger vehicles. The safe speed for a large truck is usually significantly lower.

Truck rollovers are more likely to occur:

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Speed-related crashes are more likely to be fatal than any other motor vehicle crashes in Utah.

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When you are not wearing a safety belt, your chances of being killed are almost 25 times higher if you are thrown from a vehicle in a crash.

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Research indicates that being awake for ___ hours is comparable to driving while under the influence of alcohol, which leaves you at equal risks for a crash.

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Skipping meals or eating at irregular times will help you stay awake because your body will crave food and keep you awake till you eat.

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How long should you wait to start driving after you take a nap?

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Which are types of distracted driving experienced by all drivers?

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Truck drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to get into a crash.

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In recent years, the top driver-related factors for large truck in fatal crashes were:

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Sending or receiving text messages takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

√ Correct! A truck traveling at 55 mph will travel nearly the length of a football field in that amount of time.

"Hands-free" devices or other voice-activated systems do not lead to distracted driving.

√Correct! Voice-activated and "hands-free" devices reduce visual or manual distractions, but not cognitive distractions. The brain's activity used for driving is reduced by 37 percent when using a cell phone while driving.