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  • The __________ rule establishes a minimum safe following distance for all vehicles and provides space and time for the driver to react to potential hazards.


    The __________ rule applies at the posted speed limit when weather and road conditions are good.


    If an oncoming vehicle forces an officer off the road, the officer can potentially reduce the chances of injury by attempting to select what to hit. List the items from the least to the most dangerous.

    ~soft objects( ex: bushes or small trees or fences)
    ~objects moving in the same direction ( including another vehicle)
    ~a fixed object (ex: tree or sign or parked car)

    When applying the two-second rule,

    if the officer makes sure his or her vehicle passes the fixed point after counting two seconds, he or she is following at a safe distance.

    Officers should avoid driving through water if the tires will be immersed __________ or more.


    Extreme wind may affect the __________ and handling of the patrol vehicle.


    When an officer sees fluid on the road, he or she can take corrective action by __________ and trying to avoid driving over or through the hazard if possible.

    slowing down

    If two or more vehicle tires roll from a paved surface onto an unpaved surface, the officer should __________ and steer as straight as distance allows.


    Sometimes, another driver's actions or an officer's failure

    to recognize a hazard makes a crash unavoidable.

    An officer can use the __________ rule at any speed to determine if he or she is a safe distance from the car in front of the officer.


    There are several measures that an officer can take to avoid a crash. The officer might take his or her foot off the accelerator to decrease speed, use evasive maneuvers, or apply the __________.


    After reducing speed when traveling from a paved surface to an unpaved surface, the officer can

    firmly grip the wheel and steer smoothly and steadily back onto the roadway.

    What are some frequently occurring crashes? Choose all that apply.

    ~ head-on collision.
    ~rear-end collision.
    ~accidents caused by improper backing.

    If two or more vehicle tires roll from a paved surface onto an unpaved surface, the officer __________ attempt to return to the paved surface by abruptly turning the steering wheel.

    should not

    Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, or epilepsy may impair an officer's __________ skills.


    When an officer cannot avoid striking or driving over obstacles, the officer should strike it __________ (when possible) with free rolling tires.

    at a slight angle.

    Weather has

    many effects on a vehicle's operation.

    This represents the single greatest threat to safe vehicle operation.


    To follow the principles of the two-second rule, an officer should watch the vehicle traveling in the __________ direction in front of the officer pass a fixed point, then count off the seconds it takes the patrol vehicle to reach the same fixed point.


    Examining the surroundings for obstacles is known as __________.

    reading the road.

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