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Permit Test Practice Questions

Left turns at a red light can only be made from a:
one way street onto a one way street
Sign for school zone
Sign for school zone
Broken yellow lines on a road indicate:
That passing is permitted
Can you pass a solid line on the road?
Is it okay to cross a double yellow line to turn left?
Is it okay to cross a double yellow line to make a U turn?
White curb meaning:
You may only stop long enough to pick up or drop off passengers or mail
Green curb meaning:
You may park for a limited time.
Yellow curb meaning:
You may stop here only long enough to load or unload passengers or freight no longer than posted. Drivers of noncommercial vehicles are usually required to stay with their vehicle.
Red curb meaning:
No stopping, standing, or parking.
Blue curb meaning:
Handicapped parking.
When making a right turn, begin signaling at least __ ft before making the turn
A person with a Class C driver’s license may operate
A 3-axle vehicle weighing 6,000 lbs. or less.
At a minimum, your vehicle insurance policy must provide coverage of _________ for injury or death of one person.

A. $15,000
B. $30,000
C. $10,000

When you come within 100 ft of the uncontrolled railroad crossing and you cannot see the tracks for 400 ft in both directions, the speed limit is ____ mph.
You can be jailed up to six months and fined up to $1,000 if you _________________.

A. are convicted of being a habitual truant from school
B. abandon or dump an animal on the road
C. drive faster than the posted speed limit

In which of the following situations will you be required to take a test of your blood, breath, or urine for the presence of alcohol or drugs?

A. Only when there is a strong evidence that you have been drinking
B. Only when you are involved in a collision
C. After being arrested on suspicion of DUI

Hand signal to turn right
arm out and up
Hand signal to turn left
arm straight out
Hand signal to slow down/stop
arm out and down
When you’re driving uphill,___________________.

A. it is much easier to stop your car as opposed to driving downhill
B. it is more difficult to stop your car as opposed to driving downhill
C. you need to double your speed

Any time you merge with traffic, you need at least a ___ second gap.
Passing another vehicle is illegal _________________.

A. when a yellow broken line marks the left side of your lane
B. where cross-traffic is present or likely to be present
C. on a multi-lane one-way street

When you drive along the right-rear side of another vehicle, you are ______________.

A. maintaining a space cushion on your left side
B. in one of the driver’s blind spots and in danger of a collision
C. using a good defensive technique

You are required to submit a written report (SR 1) to the DMV within 10 days _______________.
If there is property damage in excess of $750 or if there are any injuries
When can you enter a bike lane?
To make a right turn not more than 200 ft before the intersection.
A large truck is driving in the middle of a three-lane road. What is the best way to pass the large truck?
On the left
When should you return to the right lane after passing another car on the left?

A. When you are 10 feet ahead of the car
B. When you see the vehicle’s headlights in your rearview mirror
C. When you are within 100 ft of an oncoming vehicle

Smoking in a vehicle with a minor present is _______________.

A. illegal whether the vehicle is in motion or parked
B. not restricted by law
C. illegal unless the child is your relative

Orange road signs warn of a ___________ ahead.

A. school zone
B. railroad crossing
C. road construction

Two yellow lines (one solid, another broken) in the center of a two-way road mean that vehicles traveling ___________.

A. next to the broken line may pass
B. next to the solid line may pass
C. in both directions may pass


(Solid yellow line means do not pass)

In order to identify hazards early and avoid last minute moves, you should scan the road _________ seconds ahead of your vehicle.
10 to 15
To safely negotiate a curve, use your brakes ________________.

A. after you enter the curve
B. while driving through the curve
C. before you enter the curve

Locked wheel skids are usually caused by:
Braking too hard at a high speed
If a bicycle on your right reaches the intersection at the same time as you do, you should:

A. move slowly along with the bicycle
B. move because you have the right of way
C. yield to the bicycle
D. request the bicycle to change lanes

The maximum speed limit for vehicles towing trailers is __________ on a two-lane undivided highway.
55 mph
You must use your headlights ___ minutes after sunset
A child under the age of 8 years __________, when all the rear seats are already occupied by children under the age of 7 years.

A. Should stay at home
B. May ride in the front seat of the vehicle
C. May be kept in the lap of an elder child, with a seat belt fastened to both
D. May ride in the front seat without a seatbelt

If you litter on the roadside, you are subjected to a fine of:
If your parked car rolls away and hits another vehicle, you should:

A. report the incident to the city police
B. sound horn to attract attention
C. get the other vehicle repaired
D. remove your car and go on your way

The first step a driver should do during an enforcement stop is:

A. turn on the left turn signal
B. stop on the left shoulder of the freeway
C. turn on the right turn signal
D. stop on the center median of a freeway

What to do if there is a lock wheel skid:
Take your foot off the brake to unlock the wheels. Then straighten the front wheels as the vehicle begins to straighten out. Slow the vehicle gradually until you are at a safe speed to continue driving.
A __________ sign on a truck means that the load on the truck is potentially dangerous.
Diamond shaped
If you are in an intersection and hear the siren of an emergency vehicle, you should:
Finish crossing the intersection, then pull to the right and stop
If there is an emergency vehicle approaching, which side of the road should you pull to?
The right side
If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you should:
Slow down gradually
A driver who is involved in a collision should report it to the DMV within:
1o days
When drivers see livestock, they should:
follow directions from the person in charge of the animals
Use __________ steering when correcting a skid.

A. hand-over-hand
B. one-hand
C. hand-by-hand
D. push-pull

What is the use of the special “turnout” areas marked on a two lane road?

A. to allow drivers to stop and talk on their cell phones
B. to allow vehicles to make a left turn
C. to allow vehicles behind the driver to pass
D. to allow vehicles to make a U-turn

When you want to enter a freeway, you should:
Enter the freeway at or near the speed of the freeway traffic
While driving in the fog you should use ____ lights
low beam
Pass in the ___ lane
If drivers approaching from opposite directions reach a stop sign at about the same time, then:

A. a driver turning left must yield to approaching traffic going straight or turning right
B. The vehicle with more passengers must go first
C. The driver turning right must yield to the driver turning left

If a tire suddenly goes flat while driving, you must:
hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle straight
Can you pass in an intersection?
Blind pedestrians may carry ______ canes or use the assistance of guide dogs.

A. red
B. green
C. white
D. black

High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) lanes are reserved for:
car pools
_________ are the most likely places for car and motorcycle collisions to occur.

A. Intersections
B. Expressways
C. One-way roads
D. Roundabouts

12 ounces of beer could be cleared in your body in about:
1 hour
When should you switch on your high-beam headlights?
When driving in open country or on dark city streets
If a car approaches you with bright headlights, you must look toward ______, to prevent being temporarily blinded.
look toward the right edge of the road
When parking and leaving your vehicle on a highway or street, which of the following is not recommended?

A) setting the brakes
B) stopping the engine
C) lowering the windows
D) locking the ignition

If you plan to turn beyond an intersection (and not at the intersection), signal before, or after you pass the intersection?
Signal just after you pass through the intersection. If you signal earlier, another driver may think you are turning at the intersection.
A vehicle’s stopping distance is equal to:
the sum of the breaking distance and reaction distance
When turning left from a two-way street onto a one-way street, you must:
begin the turn with your left wheel as close as possible to the yellow dividing line
A double solid WHITE line marks the edge of a traffic lane where:
travel in the same direction is permitted on both sides of the line, but crossing the line is prohibited.
In in an intersection, you must yield to oncoming vehicles if you’re turning
A) left
B) right
At minimum, your insurance must cover ____$ per collision (without death or injury)
Before you submit to and complete an alcohol test, you have the right to consult with a lawyer.
What distance should you keep from an emergency vehicle on its way to an emergency?
More than 300 feet
You have just gone through deep water. To dry off the brakes you should:
Go slowly while gently applying the brakes

A. Tank trucks marked with hazardous materials placards
B. Motor homes or pickup trucks towing a trailer
C. Sport utility vehicles carrying four or more persons

Is double parking legal?
No, under any circumstances.
If you are tailgated, you should…
increase your following distance.

A. Bridges and overpasses freeze last
B. Pavements are not slippery the first few minutes after it starts raining on a hot day
C. On cold, wet days, shade from buildings or trees can hide spots of ice

Traffic fatalities are ____ at night compared to daytime.
about three to four times as high
A lane in the middle of a two-way road with dashed lines on either side and two large curved arrows facing each other may be used for
Beginning or ending left turns
If you are arrested for drunk driving, what is the punishment for refusing to take a BAC test?
Your license will be suspended for at least one year
Safety Zone
A space set aside for pedestrians and marked by raised buttons or road markings
If you are stopped in the middle of the road and intending to turn left but oncoming vehicles are approaching, you should:
Give the oncoming vehicles the right-of-way
Other drivers are not making room for you to merge onto a freeway with heavy traffic. If absolutely necessary, you may:
stop before merging with freeway traffic

A. Pull off of the road as far as possible, while still visible
B. Turn on four-way flashers and open your hood (if not wet out)
C. Place emergency flares/signs 100 feet around your vehicle
D. All of the above


A. Keep instrument lights bright to be more visible to other drivers
B. Briefly look at oncoming headlights so you won’t be blinded
C. Drive slowly enough to stop within the area lit by your headlights

You are approaching a railroad crossing with no warning devices and are unable to see 400 feet down the tracks in one direction. The speed limit is:
15 mph
When parking your car next to a curb, you must be at least __ inches from the curb
California’s “Basic Speed Law” says:
You should never drive faster than is safe for current conditions
You just sold your vehicle. You must notify the DMV within __ days
To avoid last minute moves, you should be looking down the road to where your vehicle will be in about __________.

A. 5 to 10 seconds
B. 10 to 15 seconds
C. 15 to 20 seconds

You are about to make a left turn. You must signal continuously during the last ____ feet before the turn.
Unless otherwise posted the speed limit in a residential area is ____.

A. 20 mph
B. 25 mph
C. 30 mph

25 mph
Two sets of solid, double, yellow lines that are two or more feet apart:

A. May be crossed to enter or exit a private driveway.
B. May not be crossed for any reason.
C. Should be treated as a separate traffic lane.

May not be crossed for any reason
You are driving on a freeway posted for 65 MPH. The traffic is traveling at 70 MPH. You may legally drive:

A. 70 mph or faster to keep up with the speed of traffic.
B. Between 65 mph and 70 mph.
C. No faster than 65 mph.

It is illegal to park your vehicle:

A. In an unmarked crosswalk
B. Within three feet of a private driveway.
C. In a bicycle lane.

You are getting ready to make a right turn. You should:

A. Signal and turn immediately.
B. Stop before entering the right lane and let all other traffic go first.
C. Slow down or stop, if necessary, and then make the turn.

You may cross a double, yellow line to pass another vehicle, if the yellow line next to:

A. The other side of the road is a solid line.
B. Your side of the road is a broken line.
C. The other side of the road is a broken line.

All of the following practices are dangerous to do while driving. Which of these is also illegal?

A. Listening to music through headphones that cover both ears
B. Adjusting your outside mirrors.
C. Transporting an unrestrained animal inside the vehicle.

When approaching a crosswalk where a blind pedestrian is waiting to cross, you must:
stop at the crosswalk and wait for the pedestrian to cross the street
You have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. The judge sentenced you to 48 hours in jail. In addition, you may have to:
pay a fine
Safely backing your car does NOT require:
Tapping your horn before you back up
You may make a left turn on a red light only from a:
One-way street onto a one way street
U-turns in business districts are:
Legal only at intersections, unless a sign prohibits them
A safety zone is a specially marked area for passengers to get on or off buses or trolleys. You may not drive through a safety zone:
A. Only when a bus or trolley is present
B. Only when a bus or trolley is unloading passengers
C. At any time or for any reason
On freezing, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to hide spots of ice?

A. Roadways near the tops of hills
B. Roadways on bridges and overpasses
C. Roadways under trees/greenery

When is it legal to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving?
When making a call for emergency assistance
You are at a red traffic signal. The traffic light turns green, but there are still other vehicles in the intersection. You should:
Wait until the vehicles clear the intersection before entering.
If you are towing another vehicle or trailer on a freeway with four lanes in your direction, you may travel in:
Either of the two right lanes
It is night. A car coming towards you has its high beams on which make it hard to see the road ahead. You should:
Look ahead towards the right edge of your lane

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