Car Safety Quiz

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Car Safety Quiz
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About This Quiz

Thousands of people are involved in car crashes each day. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risks involved with riding in automobiles. Find out if you're a car-safety whiz or a crash test dummy in this quiz.
By what percentage do seatbelts reduce the risk of death for a person sitting in the front seat?
40 percent
50 percent
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration , seatbelts reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants by about 50 percent.
60 percent

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Where do typical car seatbelts apply most of the stopping force?
to the shoulders and hips
to the rib cage and pelvis
Typical seatbelts, which consist of a lap belt and shoulder belt, apply most of the stopping force to your rib cage and pelvis -- relatively sturdy parts of the body.
to the chest and abdomen

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What area of a car is designed to deform in a collision?
the doors
the interior
the crumple zone
Instead of the entire car coming to an abrupt stop when encountering an obstacle, the crumple zone absorbs some of the force from the impact, preventing it from being transmitted to the occupants.

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What's the primary advantage of anti-lock braking systems (ABS)?
they allow you to stop easier
they allow you to steer while braking
When you press the brakes, ABS pumps the brakes many times per second, preventing wheel lockup and helping you to maintain steering control.
they prevent locking

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Tempered safety glass is how many times stronger than regular glass?
one to three times stronger
three to five times stronger
five to 10 times stronger
Tempered safety glass, which has been heated and then quickly cooled in order for it to harden, is five to 10 times stronger than untempered glass.

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By what percentage can airbags reduce the risk of dying in a direct frontal crash?
20 percent
30 percent
Statistics show that airbags reduce the risk of dying in a direct frontal crash by about 30 percent.
50 percent

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What kind of gas inflates an airbag?
hydrogen
helium
nitrogen
Upon impact, the inflation system reacts sodium azide with potassium nitrate to produce nitrogen gas that inflates the airbag.

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How far behind the steering wheel should you sit to avoid injury from an inflated airbag?
8 inches (20.3 centimeters)
10 inches (25.4 centimeters)
Placing yourself 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) away from the airbag gives you a clear margin of safety. You can measure this distance from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone.
5 inches (12.7 centimeters)

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What are the requirements for a child to sit in a forward-facing child seat?
he or she must weigh 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms)
he or she must weigh 13 to 15 pounds (5.9 to 6.8 kilograms)
he or she must weigh 20 pounds (9.1 kilograms) or more
Children older than one year and heavier than around 20 pounds (9.1 kilograms) are ready for a forward-facing child seat.

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When is a child ready to use an adult seatbelt?
when they weigh more than 40 pounds (27.2 kilograms)
when they're six years old
when they're around 4 feet, 9 inches (1.5 meters) tall
Children ready to use an adult seatbelt without the aid of a booster seat will be around 4 feet, 9 inches (1.5 meters) tall and about eight years old. Since children greatly vary in size by age, some may not be ready to use an adult seatbelt until the age of 10 or older.

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