Question: What is the difference between careless or reckless driving? What about "exhibition driving?" Answer: In general, the difference between reckless and careless is that "reckless" is generally "intentional" or the driver "should know" that the driving behavior could injure or kill someone. Here's more detail on how they differ:
Question: I was wondering what the State Patrol uses to write on windows of vehicles when they are broke down alongside the road? It is usually orange in color. Is it a grease pencil or something else and where can I get one? Answer: The State Patrol uses paint markers to help provide Troopers with a record of the date and time when a Trooper first observes an unattended or abandoned vehicle upon a highway. Marking the vehicle facilitates its removal in a timely manner, thereby expediting the safe, orderly flow of traffic.
Question: Do I need to have a mirror on the outside passenger side of the door on my pickup truck? It has one on the driver's side and a rear view on the windshield.
Question: What is the law in regards to age for a child to ride in a sidecar of a motorcycle? Thanks. Answer: There is nothing in statute that regulates age, but helmet and eye protection laws do apply for sidecar passengers. If the sidecar has a seat belt, then the applicable belt laws also apply for a child passenger (car seats, booster seats, etc.)
Question 1: How long do I have before I need to update my address on my driver's license after moving? Answer 1: Anytime a person moves in Minnesota to a new address within this state, they need to update their driver's license within 30 days. If a person moved to Minnesota from another state, they have 60 days to change their driver's license and address over to Minnesota. The same also applies to those changing their name on a driver's license. Note - Students that are attending college are generally exempt and can still use their parents address.
Question: The driver's training manual says to have both hands on the steering wheel. First it was "two and ten" and now with airbags they say "nine and three." The question, is it a law that you must have both hands on the wheel? I have never seen that as a law and if so there sure would be a lot of violations. I'm thinking if it is the manual, it must be a law.
Question: We have a debate about the pedestrian law in our house. Is a pedestrian standing curbside considered a "crossing pedestrian" if they are giving all indications they are planning to cross? Are motorists required to stop for such a curbside pedestrian if they can do safely? Answer: This is a good question as the days get shorter and the nights longer this time of year. Motorists and pedestrians should watch out for one another. The fall months are the deadliest months for pedestrians.
Question: I heard one of my neighbors got pulled over by a state trooper for driving his combine down the road. The trooper told him he needed a pilot car. Is this true? Answer: Farm equipment may be driven or towed to the left of the center of a roadway only if it is escorted at the front by a vehicle displaying hazard warning lights visible in normal sunlight. The equipment also must not extend into the left half of the roadway more than is necessary.
Question: Can you talk about making a left turn at an intersection when you have a green light? Can I enter into the intersection while waiting for a break in traffic? Answer: According to the Minnesota driver's manual, the following are guidelines to follow when making a left turn: • While waiting to turn, keep your wheels straight and your foot on the brake. If your vehicle is struck from the rear, you will be less likely to be pushed into oncoming traffic. • Continue signaling until you begin your turn.
Question: As a bus driver, I have witnessed several drivers using the center turn lanes on 2 and 4 lane roads as merge lanes. While entering the roadway the driver will get across the closest lane of traffic and then travel down the center turn lane until merging into traffic in the far lane. Sometimes the merge goes beyond the next intersection creating a head on situation for drivers that want to turn. These center lanes are not meant to be used as merge lanes are they?