Oh, the wide open road – many people yearn for the freedom of just getting into their vehicles and cruising away from all of their troubles. Obviously, there’s the road test itself – You know, that nerve-racking morning where you get into a car with a complete stranger as they gauge your every motion and demand you to do tricks like a show dog with your car. However, despite that being a major part of your testing to get your driver’s license, there is, of course, the preceding written test. Many people often forget about the actual written test, which will grant you your permit. In some other states one must take such written tests during their driver’s education course, and so on
Know Your States/Cities/Towns Vehicles and Traffic Rules, Regulations, And Laws
Each town/city/state has different regulations and laws set in place. For example, in some cities a driver may stop at a red light, and then proceed to make a right at that red light as long as there is no incoming traffic, even though the light is still red. However, in other areas, such as New York City, is completely illegal to make a right at a red light, even if it is clear that there is no incoming traffic.
Another perfect example of a law that differs between two different areas, in this case it being a state-to-state basis, is the law that claims that vehicles must yield to volunteer firefighters in their personal vehicles when they’re engaged in emergency mode. Basically, this law designates these vehicles emergency vehicles, as long as they are currently in emergency mode. Emergency mode basically means that the vehicle is equipped with emergency lights (colors differ from state to state) and an audible siren. As stated before, each state differs on their law, so it’s your responsibility as a driver to know whether these laws apply to you. There have been cases where vehicles have not adhered to these laws, and vehicle traffic tickets with hefty fines have been issued.
Know The Meanings and Differences Between Signs
Of course there are the obvious stop, yield, and speed signs, but there are many more signs than that. While some signs are pretty straight-forward, other signs are more vague in their meanings. For example, some signs that convey the message that there is going to a curve in the road are yellow, and show a diagram of what somewhat looks like a road curving around. At first some amateur drivers will not get what this sign is referencing, which is one of the primary reasons why it is the driver’s responsibility to read up and learn what these signs mean.
The stop and yield signs are two popular signs used in the driving world to regulate the flow of traffic. While they have similar means altogether, the small difference between the two are crucial when driving. When you come to a stop sign you must come to a complete stop, wait a couple of seconds, and then proceed. However, be cautious, as not all stop signs are “All Way” stop signs, meaning that you must stop and wait till traffic coming from the perpendicular direction passes. If it is an “All Way” stop sign, which is usually at full intersections, then all cars at that intersection must stop. If two cars stop simultaneously at an “All Way” stop sign, at the state of New York, then the driver to the right rightfully may proceed.
A Yield sign is slightly different than a Stop sign. A driver must stop at a Yield sign when there is incoming traffic from the perpendicular or opposing direction. This sign may be used at the top of entrance ramps, at traffic circles, or other areas to help keep the flow of traffic without completely stopping it for safety reasons.
As stated before, there’s an array of signs out there, so study the difference between all of them.
Take Practice Tests
I’d like to offer a link to practice tests, but since laws, rules, and regulations vary from state to state it’s hard to find a test that broad. Ask your local Department of Motor Vehicles for a practice test or a practice booklet for your written exam. Every practice test helps, and reading up on any current literature helps exponentially, too.