Nebraska drivers get this answer wrong 63 percent of the time

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's the most commonly missed question on Nebraska drivers' license exams?

How many days do I have to renew my license?

How far ahead do I have signal my turn?

Do I have to signal my turn in an "only" lane?

According to AAA Nebraska, it's the following:

"It is unlawful to pass in any marked No Passing Zone -- True or False?"


Yes, 63 percent of the respondents failed to answer this correctly, according to Triple A.

As the driver approaches a marked No Passing Zone, it IS unlawful to pass another vehicle, so the correct answer, is "True."

When you approach a marked No Passing Zone, you should see a pennant shape, a bright yellow "No Passing Zone" sign on the left side of the road.

In addition, the zone will feature double-solid yellow lines dividing traffic traveling in opposite directions.

The reason should be obvious -- perhaps you're on the crest of a hill, on a curve, or there's some solid object that obstructs a driver's view of the road.

A careful driver should be able to tell it would be foolish to pass, regardless of markings or signs.

But maybe you didn't know that on a 55 mph roadway, you need a minimum of 900 feet of vision to safely pass. At 60, that climbs to 1,000 feet, and more as the speed increases.

Taking extra care to pass safely is especially important this time of year, when we are likely to encounter construction equipment, harvest trucks and combines, campers pulling boats and loads of hay.

It's also important this time of year to pay special attention when traveling through construction zones, especially observing the speed limits.

Not only are fines doubled in construction zones, but there's a reason -- most work-zone crashes in Nebraska involve rear-end collisions.

Safety officials urge leaving two seconds of braking time between you and the car in front of you.

And, whether it's day or night, turn your headlights on, keep alert and buckle up -- safety belts work only when you use them.

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  • Minimum, minimum, minimum, the distances offered by the state, to pass another car. I believe it is also illegal to pass another vehicle and surpass the posted speed limit, to do so, but we all do that.

    Our worst enemy, on the highway, looks back at us from the mirror.

    Thanks, Ed, that is fun. We make the highways safe, or, n o t.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Jun 20, 2013, at 6:30 PM
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