Our Wisconsin Failure to Yield course is divided into three sections of readings, with helpful images, links, and review questions. The entire course fits the 2 hour minimum requirement, but you may take it at your own pace.
Preview Introduction below:
You’re probably here because you’ve suffered the indignity of a traffic ticket. Let’s face it, no one comes to traffic school of their own free will.
Maybe a cop pulled you over for not pulling to the side of the road when a fire truck was speeding by – sirens blaring – on its way to rescue a kitten from a tree. Perhaps you didn’t realize you were even supposed to do that. Well, you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of yielding to emergency vehicles (and lots of other juicy tidbits) in this course.
Some traffic schools are so boring it’s like watching paint dry. Trying your best to stay awake while slogging through a slew of road laws is not anyone’s idea of a good time. Well, here at Rapid Traffic School, we’d rather have you interested instead of unconscious. We believe people learn more if the information is presented in an engaging and appealing way. So by the end you feel enlightened, rather than flattened by a semi tractor-trailer.
Upon completion of this short online course, you will have done your civic duty and fulfilled your requirement by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Depending on the infraction, you may be able to get up to 3 points removed from your license. But you may also be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a new awareness of other drivers and traffic situations. You’ll be able to make better decisions on the road. You’ll be a more responsible citizen. You’ll gain the respect and admiration of your fellow motorists. Heck, your newfound confidence in traffic laws could spill over into other areas of your life. Who knows where this could lead? One thing’s for sure – we’re proud of you already!
Now that you’re eager to begin this new, exciting chapter of your driving life, here’s a few details before we commence:
Plan on spending a good couple hours on the course. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to take breaks when you need them. So grab a grilled cheese sandwich in the middle of a section if necessary, we’ll be here waiting for you when you get back.
Spoiler alert – There will be a test at the end. No need to freak out though, you’re gonna do just fine. The test consists of 15 questions, and you need to get at least 12 of them (or 80%) correct. If you do flunk the first time, you can take the exam one more time without beginning the course over again. Hey, you may love it so much you want to take the course over and over, and that’s okay. A little weird, maybe, but okay. You’ll only be charged once.
If, by chance, you run into some technical snafus, you can start a live chat with our support team. Or call us at (800) 510-3127. If you’d rather email, you can do that, too at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a little preview of what you’ll find in Section II:
Bank robbers just pulled a big heist and are blasting down the street at breakneck speed. You hear a siren and look in your rearview mirror to see the getaway car rapidly approaching, with the Boys in Blue hot on their tail. You immediately pull to the side of the road and stay there, safely out of the way until the hoodlums and the police cars in pursuit have passed. Later that evening while enjoying a Brandy Old Fashioned with your buddies, you hear on the news that the criminals were apprehended and can’t help but be pleased that you’ve done your part in helping justice prevail.
Yield to all emergency vehicles with their sirens on and/or lights flashing.
When an emergency vehicle with lights flashing and siren sounding approaches, signal and move as far to the right side of the roadway as possible. Stop and wait for the emergency vehicle to pass before proceeding. (We will cover emergency vehicles in more detail later on).
Practice defensive driving. Be ready for anything. Let’s get one thing straight: A defensive driver is NOT a defensive lineman. Defensive linemen are merciless brutes, relentlessly ferocious in their quest to take down anyone between them and the opposing team’s quarterback. And if they can get to him, they’ll happily flatten him, too. Their goal is to rack up as many hits as possible. And when the ball is back on their side, they take a slew of hits to protect their QB. Either way, there’s a whole lot of smashing going on, and the hits just keep on coming.
In contrast, the whole point of defensive driving is to avoid getting hit! Defensive drivers constantly monitor their surroundings for an escape route in case another car swerves into their lane or the car in front of them brakes suddenly. They avoid driving in the blind spots of other cars and trucks, and they never change lanes without first making sure no one is lurking in theirs. They look past the car ahead of them to see further up the road, and actively look for other vehicles, pedestrians and animals that may stray into their path. Defensive drivers make the roads safer by predicting other people’s mistakes so they can prevent a collision. They reduce their speed in bad weather, and avoid excessive lane changes. They know to expect anything on the road and prepare themselves for even the worst scenario. This extends to knowing when to yield the right-of-way, especially in a potential accident situation. Breaking old habits can take some getting used to, but after a while of reminding yourself to follow these tips they will become second nature. You’ll be a defensive driver and the streets of Wisconsin will be all the better for it!
Stay in the zone with your eyes on the road. There’s a garbage truck ahead to your right picking up trash and about to re-enter into traffic. A bicyclist just sped by the port side of your land yacht, peddling furiously to catch the green left turn signal. Three little kids are running across the street without looking both ways first, afraid they’ll miss the ice cream van. As is oftentimes the case while driving, multiple scenarios are occurring simultaneously around you and they all require your attention. And since motorists are responsible for yielding the right-of-way at the correct times under the posted speed limits and in consideration of the safety of all other road users, we have to be on our toes!
The best way to handle everything at once is to make a habit of staying focused as you drive and shifting your gaze intentionally and regularly between your mirrors, the traffic ahead, and the traffic behind. Always look for pedestrians as you approach intersections and crosswalks or pull out from driveways and parking spaces. Time spent behind the wheel is no time to be careless. Focusing and predicting what might happen next is key to reacting quickly in an emergency and avoiding dangerous situations that can lead to accidents. Whether traversing the streets of the concrete jungle or out in the sticks, stay in the zone with your eyes on the road and you’ll survive!
And a couple sample quiz questions:
1. When approached by which of the following vehicles using a siren, air horn, or a red or blue flashing light must you immediately pull to the right side of the street to let them pass?
2. A defensive driver takes care to: