Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, you as a driver are charged to do everything in your power to protect everyone you share the road with, it is the law. A large number of pedestrians are injured on crosswalks every year mostly due the fact that drivers fail to exercise due caution when approaching a crosswalk. The permit test in Tennessee will have questions on sharing the road with pedestrians and you need to study the subject well if you want to pass the test the first time you take it. Today we are looking at one of the questions from our Tennessee practice permit test that deals with pedestrians crossing the street at a crosswalk.
"YOU ARE APPROACHING A CROSSWALK AND THE PEDESTRIAN HAS ALREADY CROSSED THE LANE YOU ARE IN. YOU ______ ."
A. Need to stop and wait until the pedestrian finishes crossing the road
B. Can proceed without stopping or slowing down
C. Need to slow down and prepare to stop
D. Have the right of way
Let's go over the answers to determine which one of them is correct.
Sample Test Answers
Answer A states that in this situation, you need to stop and wait until the pedestrian finishes crossing the road, even though he is not blocking your lane anymore. This is incorrect and you are not required to come to a complete stop in this situation.
Answer B suggests that you can keep on driving without stopping or slowing down. While you are certainly not required to stop in this situation, driving at high speed past this pedestrian may be dangerous and you should avoid doing so.
Answer C states that you need to slow down and prepare to stop. This looks like the best answer, since you will have time to react to pedestrians actions should he choose to walk back the way he came from.
Answer D tells us that in this situation, you have the right of way. Remember that when it comes to pedestrians, the right of way must always be given, not taken and in this particular situation, when the pedestrian is using a crosswalk, he has the right of way.
The correct answer to this sample question is C:
"YOU ARE APPROACHING A CROSSWALK AND THE PEDESTRIAN HAS ALREADY CROSSED THE LANE YOU ARE IN. YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND PREPARE TO STOP.”
While the law does not require you to stop in this situation, it does require you to exercise caution and be prepared to yield to the pedestrian if he chooses to walk back the way he came from. Failing to reduce your speed in this situation may cause a collision. Furthermore, approaching the crosswalk at high speed may frighten the pedestrian and cause him to do something rush. Take extra care if the pedestrian is a child or is with a child, children do not think the same way adults do and can behave in a manner you don't expect them to. Remember: when it comes to dealing with pedestrians, it is always safer to yield the right of way than to take it.
You can read more about sharing the road with pedestrians in the official Tennessee drivers manual that is provided by the DMV absolutely free of charge. The book covers everything you need to know to successfully pass your TN permit test and it has some study questions you can go over before visiting the office. If you want to do more sample questions, please take our free Tennessee practice permit test, it has hundreds of questions that were designed to help you pass your learners permit exam the first time you take it!
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