It’s been a while since the glory days of your first rides around the block or to high school as a licensed driver. Maybe you’ve gotten a speeding or parking ticket. It’s time for a checkup.
Here’s a refresher quiz of useful driving tips. Let’s see if you could pass driver’s ed now. (Look below the quiz for more information about some of the questions and answers.)
(1) The American Automobile Association prefers 9-3. The 10-2 position is the traditional favorite because, in theory, a higher grip allows a driver to keep the car running smoothly without needing to jerk the wheel suddenly if he is cut off or there is a hazard in the road, according to SmartMotorist.com. But air bags are changing that equation. During a collision, the bag will explode out at more than 100 mph, protecting the driver’s head and chest from slamming into the front of the vehicle. With the hands at 10-2 or higher on the wheel, a driver’s arms can get batted or thrown back into his face if an air bag deploys.
(2) Mirrors should barely show the sides of your car. Here’s a guide:
(3) According to the Charlotte Department of Transportation, the three-year totals for 2012-2014 rank East Sugar Creek Road, North Tryon Street and West Sugar Creek Road highest (145), followed by Albemarle and North Sharon Amity roads (129); North Tryon Street and University City Boulevard (127); and East W.T. Harris Boulevard, North Tryon Street and West W.T. Harris Boulevard (127) as the highest.
(4) Download the handbook at www.ncdot.gov to find out what you’ll need to know to get your N.C. driver’s license.
(5) It is best to drive as gently as possible, avoiding hard starts and stops. Abrupt starts and hard stops can increase fuel consumption by 40 percent.
(6) High beams can dazzle other drivers (not in a good way) when it’s foggy.
(7) Yes, it’s one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand.
(8) Yes, yes and yes.
(9) From the Defenders of Wildlife: Try not to swerve. Doing so could cause you to hit an oncoming car or a tree, or drive off the road entirely. Be mindful of when and where you’re driving. Dawn and dusk are active times for many large animals, particularly in the fall. If you see an animal, expect more nearby. Missing one animal doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear.
See you on the road!
Photo: Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer. Graphic: Car and Driver.