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DMV Practice Test
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When driving in fog, rain, or snow, use:
In which of the following scenarios should your wheels not be pointed straight ahead?
When parked on a hill or sloping driveway.
This sign means:
Let cross traffic pass before proceeding.
When approaching this sign, you must yield the right-of-way. Slow down and let vehicles and pedestrians crossing your path pass before you proceed. If necessary, stop before going ahead.
When driving at night on a dimly lit street, you should:
Drive slowly enough that you can stop within the area illuminated by your headlights.
When you are behind a motorcycle, you should:
Allow a larger following distance.
A person may legally ride in the back of a pickup truck when:
In a secured seat and while using an approved safety belt.
There are two traffic lanes moving in your direction. You are driving in the left lane and many vehicles are passing you on the right. If the driver behind you wishes to drive faster, you should:
Move into the right lane when it is safe.
Yellow lines separate:
Traffic moving in opposite directions on two-way roads.
If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb, set the parking brake and:
Turn the front wheels away from the curb.
When parking uphill on a road that has a curb, your wheels should be turned away from the curb. When parking uphill on a street without a curb or when parking downhill, your wheels should be turned toward the curb or edge of the road.
This sign means:
Roadwork or maintenance is present. (Warning) A diamond-shaped yellow sign warns of possible danger ahead. Orange signs, which are mostly diamond-shaped, are used to warn of possible dangers in or near work areas.
Which child would require a child passenger restraint system?
A 7-year-old who is 4 feet 8 inches tall
If you must park your vehicle in an area not usually used for parking:
Make sure your vehicle is visible to drivers approaching from any direction.
You must notify the DMV within five days if you:
Sell or transfer your vehicle
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in a residential area is:
You may drive a motor vehicle in a bike lane:
No more than 200 feet before making a right turn.
If making a right turn, you may enter the bicycle lane no more than 200 feet before the corner or driveway. Drivers of motor vehicles should not enter a bicycle lane at any other time.
U-turns in residential districts are legal:
When there are no vehicles approaching nearby
U-turns are permitted in residential areas if there are no vehicles approaching within 200 feet. They are also permitted when a traffic sign, light, or signal protects you from approaching vehicles.
When driving on a multilane street with two-way traffic:
You should drive ahead of or behind the other vehicles.
Give the right-of-way to any pedestrian who is:
Crossing any street
Which of these vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?
Tank trucks marked with hazardous materials placards.
Trucks transporting hazardous loads must stop before they cross railroad tracks.
This sign means:
A round yellow sign indicates that there is a railroad crossing ahead.
While driving, you should look 10 to 15 seconds ahead of you:
To see potential hazards early
To see vehicles in your blind spots, you should check:
Over your shoulders.
If you are convicted of driving with an excessive blood alcohol concentration (BAC), you may be sentenced to serve:
Up to six months in jail.
You may pass a vehicle when:
You are on a road with a broken line next to your lane.
A single broken line indicates that drivers may cross from either lane to change lanes. Dashed yellow lines alongside solid yellow lines indicate that passing is permitted from the lane next to the broken line, but not from the lane next to the solid line. Only change lanes when it is safe to do so.
When using a roundabout, drivers should:
Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.
What is the difference between traffic lights with red arrows and those with solid red lights?
You cannot turn on a red arrow, even if you stop first.
You may sometimes turn right when stopped by a solid red light. You may never turn left or right when stopped by a traffic light with a red arrow.
Extra space in front of a large truck is needed for:
The truck driver to stop the vehicle.
Because they are larger, trucks take longer to stop than cars traveling at the same speed. Other drivers should not pull in front of a truck and then slow down or stop.
It is illegal to park your vehicle:
In an unmarked crosswalk
You want to park uphill on a two-way road and there is no curb. Which direction do you turn your front wheels?
Right, toward the side of the road
When parking either uphill or downhill on a road that has no curb, you should turn your wheels so that the vehicle will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.
If you are continually being passed on the right and the left while driving in the center lane of an expressway, you should:
Move to the lane on your right.
When passing another vehicle, you should return to your original lane when:
You can see both headlights of the passed vehicle in your rearview mirror.
It is more dangerous to drive at night than during the day because:
You cannot see as far ahead at night.
When parking your vehicle on any hill:
Use your parking brake and leave the vehicle in gear or "park"
At dawn or dusk and in rain or snow, it can be hard to see and be seen. A good way to let other drivers know you are there is to turn:
On your headlights.
Which lane must you be in before making a left turn from a one-way street?
The lane nearest the left curb.
If you are being followed too closely on a two-lane road:
Reduce your speed slowly to encourage the tailgater to drive around you.
At an uncontrolled intersection where you cannot see cross traffic until you are just about to enter the intersection, the speed limit is:
The speed limit in any alley is:
You are on the freeway and traffic is merging into your lane. You should:
Make room for the merging traffic, if possible.
You can drive off the road to pass another vehicle:
Under no circumstances.
Dim your headlights for oncoming vehicles or when you are within 300 feet of a vehicle:
That you are approaching from behind.
Often leads to high-risk decision-making
Increase your following distance when driving behind a large vehicle:
To better see around the sides of the vehicle.
Smoking inside a vehicle with a person younger than 18 years of age is:
Illegal at all times.
You are driving on the freeway behind a large truck. You should driv
Farther behind the truck than you would if following a passenger vehicle.
It is necessary to follow farther behind a large truck than you would if following a passenger vehicle because trucks have larger blind spots.
If you miss your exit on the freeway, you should not:
Back up on the road or shoulder.
If you miss your turn or exit, do not back up in the travel lane or on the shoulder. Continue to drive to the next exit or crossroad. Drivers do not expect a vehicle to be backing toward them on the roadway and doing so will likely cause a collision.
Adjust your rearview and side mirrors:
before you start driving
If a child is riding a bicycle near your vehicle:
Expect the unexpected.
If you are driving on a highway next to a single broken white line marking:
You may cross the line to pass and change lanes.
When changing lanes on a freeway, you should:
Signal for at least five seconds.
You are approaching an intersection where a traffic signal is displaying a steady yellow light. If you have not already entered the intersection, you should:
Come to a safe stop.
At an intersection controlled by a steady yellow light, you should bring your vehicle to a safe stop. If you are already within the intersection when the light changes from green to yellow, continue through the intersection at a safe speed.
A blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent:
Will double your chances of having an accident.
A pentagon-shaped sign is a:
School zone or school crossing sign
You are driving on the freeway. The vehicle in front of you is a large truck. You should drive:
Farther behind the truck than you would when following a passenger vehicle.
If oncoming headlights are blinding you while you are driving at night, you should:
Look toward the right edge of the road.
A broken yellow line between two lanes of traffic means:
Passing is permitted when it's safe.
It is illegal to leave a child age ____ or younger alone in a vehicle.
It is never a good idea to leave a child unattended in a car. It is illegal to leave a child who is age six or younger unattended in a vehicle. A child may be left in a car if they are under the supervision of a person age 12 or older.
You have stopped for a train at a railroad crossing. After the train passes, you should:
Both of the above.
Even after a train passes, watch out for a second train approaching on any track. Do not proceed until all gates have been lifted and all warning signals have stopped flashing.
It is very foggy. You should slow down and:
Turn your lights to their low beam setting.
The amount of alcohol in the blood is referred to as:
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a measurement of the percentage of alcohol in the blood. The higher the BAC number, the more impaired a person is.
With a Class C driver license, a person may drive:
A three-axle vehicle if the Gross Vehicle Weight is less than 6,000 pounds.
Always use your seat belt:
When the vehicle is equipped with seat belts.
In rainy weather, you should be most careful when turning or stopping:
During the first half hour of rain.
This road sign means:
The road ahead turns sharply right then sharply left.
Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. This sign indicates that the road ahead will turn sharply to the right and then sharply to the left.
Which of these statements is true about roadwork zones?
You must "Slow for the Cone Zone."
Reduce your speed and be prepared to slow down or stop for highway equipment. Driving carefully through work zones improves safety for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and road workers.
You are driving on a city street and see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights behind you. What should you do?
Drive to the right edge of the road and stop.
It is legal to drive with an alcoholic beverage container that has been opened only if the container is:
In the trunk.
When driving in work zones, you should:
Avoid tailgating and keep a safe following distance.
Which of the following roadways freeze first when wet?
Bridges and overpasses
Bridges and overpasses tend to freeze before the rest of the road does.
Before switching on the ignition, you should:
Develop a routine for entering and leaving your car. Before switching on the ignition, buckle your safety belt and see that all passengers do likewise.
When driving in fog or mist, never put your headlights on the high beam setting because:
The light will reflect back into your eyes.
In foggy or misty conditions, you should not use your headlights on their high beam setting because the light will be reflected back into your eyes.
If you see orange construction signs and cones on a freeway, you must:
Be prepared for workers and equipment ahead.
As you enter a work zone, signs and message boards will warn you of workers, slow-moving equipment, and/or closed lanes ahead. You should reduce your speed and be prepared to slow down or stop.
If you find yourself in a skid:
Stay off the brakes
If your vehicle begins to skid, do not use the brakes. Braking could make the skid worse.
When turning left from a two-way street onto a one-way street, you should:
Turn into first lane.
When making any turn, turn from the lane closest to the direction you wish to travel into the first available legal lane. On a turn from a two-way to a one-way street, this means you should turn into the first lane.
You should always travel:
At a speed appropriate for road and weather conditions.
You exit the freeway on a ramp that curves downhill. You should:
Slow to a safe speed before the curve.
When planning to pass another vehicle, you should:
Not count on other drivers to make room for you.
When planning to pass, do not count on having enough time to pass several vehicles at once or assume that other drivers will make room for you. When you can see both headlights of the passed vehicle in your rearview mirror, you may have enough room to return to your driving lane.
If you become drowsy while driving, you should:
Take a break.
What usually causes a locked wheel skid?
Braking too hard at a fast speed
A locked wheel skid is most commonly caused by a driver braking too hard while traveling at a high speed. Drivers should use their brakes smoothly and gradually.
If you drive 55 mph in a 55 mph zone, you can be given a speeding ticket:
If the road or weather conditions require a slower speed.
Which of these statements is true about large trucks?
They take longer to stop than passenger vehicles.
You want to park downhill on a two-way road and there is no curb. Which way do you turn your front wheels?
Right, toward the side of the road
When driving behind another vehicle at night, you should:
Keep your headlights on the low beam setting.
Use high beam headlights only when driving in rural areas and when other cars are not nearby. Lower your headlights to their low beam setting when you are following closely behind another driver.
When you drive through a construction zone, you should:
Pass the construction zone carefully and not "rubberneck."
To avoid contributing to chronic traffic congestion, you should not "rubberneck." That is, you should not slow down to look at out-of-the-ordinary things.
To help avoid skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:
Slow down before entering curves and intersections.
California's Move Over law requires:
All vehicles to vacate the lane closest to an emergency vehicle that is stopped with its lights flashing.
If an emergency vehicle with its lights on is stopped on the side of the road, California drivers are required to vacate the lane directly next to the vehicle, if possible. If a driver cannot move over safely, they must slow down and proceed with caution. This law also applies when approaching a stopped tow truck or Department of Transportation vehicle.
Drivers turning left must yield to:
Oncoming vehicles traveling straight or turning right.
Drivers making a left turn must yield to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. This includes bicycles and motorcycles.
When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curb, your front wheels should be:
Turned to the right (away from the street).
Which of the following is true about vehicles displaying a diamond-shaped sign that indicates a hazardous load?
They must stop before crossing railroad tracks.
When can you drive in a bike lane?
When you are within 200 feet of a cross street where you plan to turn right.
A vehicle suddenly cuts in front of you, creating a hazard. What should you do first?
Take your foot off the gas pedal.
If a vehicle merges in front of you too closely, take your foot off of the accelerator. This will create space between you and the vehicle ahead without requiring you to slam on your brakes or swerve into another lane.
If a traffic signal light is not working, you must:
Stop, then proceed when safe.
U-turns in business districts are:
Legal at intersections, unless a sign prohibits them.
If your vehicle has a mechanical problem:
Put on your hazard lights and pull off the road.
Hydroplaning occurs when tires ride on a thin film of water instead of on the surface of the road. To prevent hydroplaning in rainy weather, you should:
Decrease your speed.
In inclement weather, you should:
Steer and brake smoothly
On freezing, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to hide spots of ice?
Roadways on bridges and overpasses
Fines in a construction zone are:
This yellow warning sign means:
This sign is placed on roads near schools to warn drivers to slow down, drive with caution, and watch for children.
A flashing red traffic light at an intersection means:
Stop before entering.
A flashing red signal means "stop." After coming to a stop, you may proceed once it is safe, observing all right-of-way rules.
This sign means:
No passing zone.
When approaching a roundabout, you should always:
Decrease your speed.
The speed limit at an uncontrolled railroad crossing is:
When you are within 100 feet of an uncontrolled railroad crossing where you cannot see the tracks for 400 feet in both directions, the speed limit is 15 mph.
If you pass a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing, you will:
Be fined up to $1,000.
You are driving behind a motorcycle and want to pass. You must:
Have your vehicle entirely in the left lane before and during the pass.
You want to pass a bicyclist in a narrow traffic lane when an oncoming vehicle is approaching. You should:
Slow down and let the vehicle pass you before you pass the bicyclist.
You have allowed the wheels of your vehicle to run off the edge of the pavement. What should you do first?
Hold the steering wheel firmly, release the gas pedal, and gently apply the brakes.
If your vehicle leaves the roadway, hold the steering wheel firmly, release the gas pedal, and gently apply the brakes. Wait until your speed has reduced, check the traffic, and look for a place to safely return to the roadway by merging back into traffic. Overcompensating by jerking the wheel to return to the roadway can cause you to lose control of your vehicle or may cause your car to go into other lanes of traffic.
It is legal to make a left turn at a red traffic light after stopping only if:
You are traveling on a one-way street and turning onto another one-way street.
After coming to a complete stop, you may turn left at a red light only if you are traveling on a one-way street and turning onto another one-way street. Only make the turn if there are no posted signs prohibiting such a turn.
To avoid hydroplaning while driving in rainy conditions, you should:
It is unlawful to:
Pass another vehicle in any marked no passing zone and Pass another vehicle over a railroad crossing.
It is illegal to cross the centerline to pass when driving on hills, in curves, and in other locations where you cannot see ahead far enough to pass safely. You may not pass at street crossings, at railroad crossings, where signs indicate no passing zones, or where a solid yellow line is next to your lane. You may not pass when the vehicle in front of you has stopped for a pedestrian or when driving in work zones where passing would be hazardous.
Backing your vehicle is:
Always dangerous to do
backing up is always dangerous because it is hard to see behind your vehicle. Use extra caution when backing up.
Only ____ can lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and reduce alcohol's effects on a body.
It is illegal to leave a child age six or younger unattended in a vehicle on a hot day:
Even if they are secured in a child passenger restraint system.
Blue traffic signs offer information on:
You are preparing to exit the interstate. When should you start reducing your speed?
Immediately upon entering the deceleration lane.
When leaving an interstate, you should maintain your speed until you enter the deceleration lane, at which point you should reduce your speed to the exit ramp's posted advisory speed.
On a green arrow, you must:
Yield to any vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian in the intersection
A green arrow means "go." You must turn in the direction the arrow is pointing after you yield to any vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians who are still in the intersection.
It is illegal for a person 21 years of age or older to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is ____ or higher.
0.08% -- Eight-hundredths of one percent
You must look for bicyclists in the same lanes used by motor vehicles because they:
Are entitled to share the road with motor vehicles.
A curb painted blue means parking is:
For disabled persons with a special placard or plate.
Which way do you turn your front wheels to park downhill next to a curb?
Into the curb
When you see this black and yellow sign, it means:
Slow down because the road ahead changes direction at an extreme angles
Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. They alert you to conditions that are immediately ahead. This sign tells drivers to slow down and prepare for an abrupt change in direction at an extreme angle.
Having a driver license is a:
You should drive on the shoulder to pass a car:
Under no circumstances.
When parking your vehicle parallel to the curb on a level street:
Your wheels must be within 18 inches of the curb.
When parking alongside the curb on a level street, the front and back wheels of your vehicle must be parallel with and within 18 inches of the curb.
You must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle that is using its siren and flashing lights by:
Driving as closely to the right edge of the road as possible and stopping.
When entering traffic after being parked at a curb, you:
Should wait for a large enough gap to get up to the speed of traffic.
You are approaching an intersection with a steady yellow traffic light. If you have not already entered the intersection, you should:
Come to a safe stop.
When a steady yellow light appears on a traffic signal, you should prepare to stop. If you are already within the intersection, you should clear the intersection as quickly as possible.
You should turn on your headlights:
One half hour after sunset.
There is a vehicle stopped on the right shoulder of the road with its hazard lights on. You should:
Slow down and pass very carefully.
You should signal continuously while turning because it:
Lets other drivers know what your intentions are.
You should always signal when turning, changing lanes, slowing down, or stopping so that other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians will know your intentions.
You just sold your vehicle. You must notify the DMV within ____ days.
If you are driving near a large commercial vehicle, you should:
Avoid driving beside it for long stretches of time.
If you approach a flashing red traffic light, you:
Must treat the intersection as if it is controlled by a stop sign.
Placard abuse will result in:
Placard revocation, a fine, and/or jail time.
Abuse of a disabled placard or plate is a misdemeanor. Placard abuse can result in the loss of special parking privileges, a fine of up to $1,000, and up to six months of jail time.
You should use your horn when:
It may help prevent a collision
Flash your brake lights or turn on your emergency flashers if you
Need to warn other drivers of a collision ahead.
If you can see a collision ahead, warn the drivers behind you by turning on your emergency flashers or by tapping your brake pedal quickly three or four times.
A U-turn is not permitted:
On or near any curve or hill.
When may you legally drive around or under a railroad crossing gate?
A diamond-shaped sign means:
There are oncoming vehicles to your left and a row of parked vehicles to your right. You should steer:
A middle course between the oncoming and parked vehicles.
If there are oncoming vehicles to your left and a row of parked vehicles to your right, the best thing to do is to split the difference. Steer a middle course between the oncoming cars and the parked cars.
You reach an intersection with stop signs on all four corners at the same time as the driver on your left. Who has the right-of-way?
You have the right-of-way.
You drive defensively when you:
Keep your eyes moving to look for possible hazards.
You must file a report of a traffic accident occurring in California when:
You are involved in a collision and there is an injury.
You are crossing an intersection and an emergency vehicle is approaching while using its siren and flashing lights. You should:
Continue through the intersection, pull to the right, and stop.
If you are in an intersection when you see an emergency vehicle approaching while using its flashing lights and/or siren, continue through the intersection and then drive to the right and stop. You must yield the right-of-way to any police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren or flashing lights.
A large truck is ahead of you and is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:
May have to swing wide to complete the right turn.
When a vehicle makes a turn, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels. The longer the vehicle, the bigger the difference between the paths of the front and rear wheels. Therefore, long trucks often have to swing wide to complete a right turn.
A peace officer is signaling for you to drive to the edge of the roadway. You decide to ignore the officer's warning and flee the scene. You are guilty of a misdemeanor and can be punished by being:
Jailed in the county jail for not more than one year.
Animals may be transported in the back of a pickup truck only if:
They are properly secured.
You were parked and have been waiting a long time with your turn signal on to re-enter traffic. However, traffic is heavy. You should:
Continue waiting and yielding to traffic in the lane.
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:
When preparing to make a left turn from a two-way street, you should drive:
Near the centerline.
When you are turning left from a two-way street, begin in the lane closest to the centerline and start your turn just before the front of your car reaches the center of the intersection. Do not cut the corner. Steering hand-over-hand, turn into the first available legal lane.
If there is no crosswalk and you see a pedestrian crossing your lane, you should:
Stop and let the pedestrian finish crossing.
Drivers must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the roadway, even if there is not a marked crosswalk.
If you are about to be hit from the rear, you should consider each of the following, except for:
Letting go of the steering wheel.
If your vehicle is hit from the rear while you are in forward motion, your body will be thrown backward. Press yourself against the back of your seat and put your head against the head restraint to prevent whiplash. Maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel and be ready to apply your brakes to avoid being pushed into another vehicle.
A white painted curb indicates a:
Loading zone for passengers or mail only
If you want to pass a pedestrian who is walking along the roadway and an oncoming vehicle is approaching, you should:
Slow down and let the oncoming vehicle pass before you pass the pedestrian.
Temporary signs used in construction and maintenance work areas:
Have an orange background with black writing.
If your car becomes disabled while on the highway, you should:
Park with all four wheels off the traveled highway, if possible.
If your vehicle becomes disabled, you must (if possible) park with all four wheels off of the main-traveled portion of the road.
Drivers are required to obey instructions from:
Flaggers (signal persons) at construction sites.
You may make a left turn on a red light only from a:
One-way street onto a one-way street.
A left turn against a red light can only be made from a one-way street onto a one-way street. Signal and stop for a red traffic light at the marked limit line.
If you are being passed in a no passing zone, you should:
Slow down and let the other driver safely return to the drive lane.
Passing areas are based on how far ahead drivers can see. Allow the passing vehicle to re-enter the drive lane as easily as possible to help everyone avoid potential upcoming hazards.
If you hit an animal with your vehicle while driving on a California highway, you should:
Call the humane society.
If you injure or kill an animal on the roadway, you should call CHP, the nearest humane society, or the police. You should not leave the animal to die or try to move the animal.
You are driving on a freeway with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. Traffic is traveling at 70 mph. You may legally drive:
No faster than 65 mph.
On most California highways, the maximum speed limit is 65 mph. You may drive at 70 mph only if the speed limit is posted as such.
If your car begins to skid out of control, you should:
Stay off the brakes.
A safety zone is a specially marked area for passengers to get on or off of buses or trolleys. You may not drive through a safety zone:
At any time for any reason.
When is it legal for minors to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving?
When making a call for emergency assistance
It is illegal for minors to use a cell phone at all while driving, except to contact an emergency entity in an emergency situation. For adult drivers, the use of hands-free devices is permitted; however, to avoid distractions, it is advisable to make calls only if needed to call for help in an emergency.
Make room for cars that are entering the freeway by:
Merging into a different lane.
Make room for vehicles that are entering a freeway. If possible, merge into the next lane to create a gap for the incoming vehicles. If you cannot merge, adjust your speed to allow for the vehicles to enter traffic as smoothly and safely as possible.
Abandoning an animal on the highway may result in:
It is illegal to dump or abandon an animal on the highway. Doing so can result in six months of jail time, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
You are getting ready to make a right turn. You should:
Slow down or stop, if necessary, and then make the turn.
When you see an emergency vehicle approaching while using its flashing lights, you must:
Pull over to the curb or edge of the road and stop until the vehicle has passed.
Three of the most important times to check for traffic behind you are before:
Backing, changing lanes, or slowing down quickly.
If you see a pedestrian using a guide dog or carrying a white cane:
You must yield the right-of-way.
Blind or partially blind pedestrians may carry a white cane or use the assistance of a guide dog. You must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian with a guide dog or a white cane.
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