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DMV Practice Tests - Sharing the Road

Prep for Your Permit Test with our Share the Road Video

As a driver, it is vital to be aware of other types of road users in your driving environment. In this video, Instructor Liz will walk you through "Sharing the Road" permit test questions that could potentially be on your DMV written knowledge test. Are you ready to learn how to handle different vehicles and pedestrians you'll meet on the road?

A Quick Note from Instructor Liz

Hey everyone! I'm driving instructor Liz with Drivers Ed Direct. In this video we're going to review the "Sharing the Road" questions that may appear on your permit test. This includes questions about emergency vehicles, large trucks, and bicycles. Let's take a quick preview of just some of the more common share the road rules we will cover:

Bicyclists: Be patient when passing a bicyclist, and pass on the left. Slow down and pass only when it is safe. Do not squeeze a bicyclist off the road, and allow a safe clearance (at least 3 feet) when passing a bicyclist.

Blind Pedestrians: When you approach a blind or partially blind pedestrian who is carrying a white cane or using a guide dog, yield the right of way and take all reasonably necessary precautions to avoid injury to the pedestrian.

Construction Zones: Pay more attention where road work is being performed. Orange signs and message boards warn you of workers, slow moving equipment, and closed lanes ahead. Orange cones and/or drums will guide you through the work zone. Reduce your speed and be prepared to slow down or stop for highway equipment and workers.

Emergency Vehicles: You must yield the right-of-way to any police car, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red lights. Drive as close to the right edge of the road as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) has passed. If you are in an intersection when you see an emergency vehicle, continue through the intersection and then drive to the right as soon as you can and stop.

Large Trucks: You should allow a four-second or more cushion when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle. Also, don't linger alongside a truck when passing. Always pass a large truck on the left side and move ahead of it quickly. When completing your passing maneuver, it's important not to begin transitioning into the right lane until the front cabin of the truck is visible in your center rear-view mirror.

Motorcyclists: When you change lanes or enter a major thoroughfare, make a visual check for motorcycles. Don't just rely on your mirrors. Motorcycles are small, and they can easily disappear into a vehicle's blind spots.

School Buses: When the bus flashes red lights, you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing. The law requires you to remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing.

It's important to know how to handle these situations because, not only could it be on your permit test, but these are also things you will probably see on the road when you start driving. The whole process of getting your permit and driver's license is to help you and those around you be safe!

Thank you so much for watching and I'll see you next time!