Concentrate on driving;
Crashes aren't accidents!
True or False:
1. The most important safety device in a vehicle is a seat belt.
2. Most fatal crashes happen on rural and county roads.
3. You may use a right turn lane to pass a vehicle that is turning left in front of you.
4. Drivers must yield to pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks.
5. The deadliest month on the roads in Minnesota is January.
6. Drivers sitting relatively high above the road tend to drive faster than those sitting closer to the ground.
7. When turning right on a red light, it is only required to stop if you must yield to another.
8. For maximum control, always hold your hands at 10 o'clock & 2 o'clock on the steering wheel.
9. Operating a hands-free cell phone while driving is considered safe under most circumstances,
10. In Minnesota it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle without shoes.
1. True. The seat belt is the most important safety device in a vehicle. That is why it is so important that it is worn (and worn properly).
2. True. Rural and county roads account for about 60% of fatal crashes.
3. False. Using a right turn lane to pass a vehicle that is turning left in front of you is not only illegal, it is dangerous.
4. True. Drivers must yield to pedestrians in both marked and unmarked crosswalks.
5. False. Although January roads can be dangerous, the months with the most fatalities from traffic crashes are July and August.
6. True. Drivers sitting relatively high above the road do tend to drive faster than those drivers sitting closer to the ground.
7. False. If there is not a sign prohibiting it, MN law allows you to take a right-hand turn on a red light - but only after coming to a complete stop and making sure it is safe to proceed.
8. False. In the event an airbag would deploy, holding your hands at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock on the steering wheel would allow for maximum control.
9. False. Research shows no significant safety improvements when using a hands-free cell phone instead of a hand-held cell phone.
10. False. In Minnesota it is legal to drive a motor vehicle without shoes, however you must be wearing clothes!
Reprinted with permission from Safe Communities of Wright County