# Driver's Ed Vocab

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### median strip

an area that separates two-way traffic on a divided, multilane highway

### multilane

a roadway with four or more lanes of traffic

### vaper lock

a condition in which fuel in gaseous form prevents the engine from starting

### intersections

passing is illegal within the last 100 feet before.....

### sight distance

how fair you can see ahead, becomes shorter as you reach a hilltop

the maximum safe speed on a curve is given on an ..... ..... sign

### pull out area

a place on a mountain roadway wehre slower moving vehicles can pull over

### slow moving

an orange, triangular sign at the rear identifies a...... ..... vehicle

### visual search

the process of searching or scanning critical areas is an orderly .... ..... pattern

### right lane

many states require drivers to stay in this lane for normal driving on multilane highways

### flash flood

a sudden rush of water, caused by heavy rain, that can wash out roadways

### switchback

curve on mountain roadway that zigzags with a series of sharp turns

### impact

the force with which one moving object hit another object

### gravity

the force that pulls all objects to the earth

### reaction

how far you vehicle travels during the time it takes you to act is your ..... distance

### energy of motion

the energy an object has as it moves is its ...... .... .....

### preception

the distance your car travels during the time it takes you to identify, predict, and decide to slow for a hazard is your ..... distance

### traction

friction that allows a vehicle's tires to grip the road

### total stopping

the distance from the point you first see a hazard to the point where your vehicle stops is your ....... ....... distance

### banked

a curve that is higher on the outside than it is on the inside is a .... curve

tire ..... is the grooved surface of a tired that grips the road

### perception time

the length of time it takes you to identify, predict, and decide to slow for a hazard

### reaction time

the length of time you take to execute your action after you know a hazard will be a problem

### braking time

the distance your vehicle travels from the time you apply the brake until the vehicle stops

### friction

the force that keeps each tire from slipping on the road

### restraint

a ..... device is used to hold a vehicle occupant in place during a collision

### center of gravity

the point around which all of the object's weight is evenly balanced

### controlled intersection

an intersection protected by a signal or sign

### fresh light

a light that has just turned from red to green

### gap

the distance between vehicles

### uncontrolled intersection

intersection that has no signs or signals to regulate traffic

### joining

turning into lanes of other traffic

### protected left turn

a left turn when made on a green arrow

### cross buck

large, white x -shaped sign beside a railroad crossing

### right of way

the privilege of immediate use of the roadway

a round, yellow sign is posted here

### unprotected left turn

left turn made at an intersection with no turn light

### yield

allowing another driver to proceed first

all the skilled actions a person must take to drive safely

### predict

to judge where possible points of conflict may develop

### van

a popular passenger vehicle larger than a car

### financial

as a driver, you have ___ responsibility for any damage or injuries you cause

### HTS

a complex system involving people, machines, and roadways (abbreviation)

### wheel

people who use the HTS for walking, driving, or riding

### execute

to maneuver a vehicle to avoid possible conflicts

### IPDE

the organized visual-thinking doing which helps you drive is the is the ____ Process

### crash

another word for collision

### defensive driving

protecting yourself and others from dangerous and unexpected driving situations

### identify

to locate potential hazards in the ongoing driving scene

### stop

a red traffic light's message

### truck

a vehicle that is often used to deliver packages

### driver error

the main cause of most collisions

### collisions

occur when a vehicle hits another object

### vehicle code

made up driving laws passed by federal and state legislatures

### go

a green traffic light's message

### fuel

all drivers are responsible for using ____ efficient driving habits

### decide

to determine when, where, and how to take actions to avoid conflicts

### bus

a large passenger vehicle you might ride one to school

### compromise space

giving as much space as possible to the greater of two hazards

### separate

_____ hazards by adjusting speed to handle one hazard at a time

### minimize

____ a hazard by putting more space between yourself and the hazard

### area

the target ____ range is the first searching range

### pattern

use an orderly visual search ____ to search critical areas in a regular sequence

### sight

____ distance is the distance you can see ahead

### execute

you ____ a decision in order to avoid conflict

### turn

3-5 seconds before making any change in directions, communicate your intentions with _____ - signal lights

### identify

the step in the IPDE Process when you recognize a possible hazard is ____

### path

three searching ranges need to be evaluated in your ____ of travel

### zones

the six areas around your vehicle are called ____

### decide

to choose to change speed or direction or to communicate to others to avoid a traffic is to ____

### IPDE

the ____ process is an organized system of seeing, thinking, and responding

### ABS

antilock braking system (abbreviation)

### scan

you are looking and seeing as you ___ but not staring

### traction

the gripping power between a vehicle's tires and a roadway surface is called ____

### search

in order to keep alert to conditions in your zones, you need to ____ three ranges

### safe

a ____ path of travel is free of hazards and conflicts

### predict

to determine where possible points of conflict might occur is to ____

### ground

____ viewing is making quick glances to the roadway in front of your vehicle

### visual

an orderly ____ search pattern is a process of searching critical areas in a regular sequence

### field

your ____ of vision is all the area you can see around you while looking straight ahead

### open

if you can drive without restriction to your line of sight or to your intended path of travel, the zone is ____

### path

the 4-6 second range is where you get the final update of how you are controlling you intended _________ of travel

use these to protect yourself when driving just before sunrise and after sunset

using these in snow, heavy rain, or fag causes more light to reflect back into your eyes and you will see less

### rocking the vehicle

when your vehicle is stuck in deep snow, mud, or sand, you can usually loosen the wheels by doing this

### time and space

anytime your visibility is reduced, you need more of this

### skid

sudden, hard braking and accelerating can produce this

### night

not only do you see less during this, but you are tired and some other drivers might have been drinking

### glare

bright sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon can create __________ problems for you and other drivers

a driver must reduce speed and adjust to changing conditions during this

### antilock braking

scientists have developed this system to help drivers maintain control of their vehicles

### rain-slick

___ roads affect more drivers than any other reduced-traction condition

### hydroplaning

vehicle tires riding on the surface of the water rather than gripping the road is known as ____

### locked wheels

these provide no steering control

### tire chains

use snow tires or these to improve traction on snow or ice-covered roads

### controlled

the technique of applying your brakes to slow or stop quickly without locking your wheels is called _____ braking

### smith system

1) aim high in steering 2)get the big picture 3) leave yourself an out 4) make sure others see you 5) keep your eyes moving

### the sweeping glance

checking traffic ahead 1) check inside rearview mirror 2) check side mirrors, put on turn signal 3) check blindspot

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