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# 1. When driving on wet roads, you should:
A. Increase following distance to 5 or 6 seconds
B. Decrease following distance to 2 seconds
C. Not be concerned about following distance
D. Maintain the 4-second following distance rule
# 2. Before changing lanes on a multi-lane highway you should:
A. Sound your horn
B. Turn on your headlights
C. Reduce your speed
D. Check your mirrors and blind spots
# 3. The driver is:
A. Turning leftB. SlowingC. StoppingD. Turning right
# 4. Which of the following is true about the speed at which you travel?
A. The safe speed to drive depends on many conditions
B. Driving slowly is always safer
C. The speed limit is always a safe speed
D. Accelerating is always dangerous
# 5. When you tailgate other drivers (drive close to their rear bumper):
A. You can frustrate the other drivers and make them angry.
B. Your actions cannot result in a traffic citation.
C. You help reduce traffic congestion.
# 6. Your blind spot is the area of the road:
A. You cannot see without moving your head
B. Directly behind your vehicle
C. You see in your rearview mirror
D. You see in your side mirror
# 7. The most effective thing you can do to reduce your risk of getting injured or killed in a traffic crash is:
A. Wear your seat belt
B. Limit your driving to week days
C. Stay in the right lane on multi-lane highways
D. Limit your driving to times between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
# 8. To prepare for anything coming up in the road ahead, you should:
A. Continually scan the entire road and roadsides
B. Stare straight ahead at all times
C. Drive with your left foot resting lightly on the brake pedal
D. Maintain focus toward the middle of the road
# 9. An intersection has a stop sign, crosswalk, but no stop line. You must stop
A. Before the crosswalk.B. 50 feet before the intersection.C. Where you think the stop line would be.D. With your front wheels in the crosswalk.
Explanation : Stop and Crosswalk Lines: At an intersection controlled by a STOP sign, YIELD sign or traffic light, there may be a white stop line painted across the lane, and/or two parallel lines painted across the road, forming a crosswalk.
# 10. To help avoid crashes, you should:
A. Communicate with other drivers on the road
B. Ignore other drivers on the road
C. Drive on side streets and back roads
D. Avoid driving during rush hour
# 11. 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.
# 12. Should you always drive slower than other traffic?
A. No, you can block traffic when you drive too slowly.
B. Yes, it is a good defensive driving technique.
C. Yes, it is always safer than driving faster than other traffic.
# 13. Which of the following is used on some highways to direct drivers into the proper lanes for turning
A. Flashing red lights.B. Flashing yellow lights.C. White lines on the side of the road.D. White arrows in the middle of the lanes.
Explanation : Arrows: Arrows show which lanes you must use. for example, you may turn right only from the right lane. If you are going straight, you must use the left lane. You should be in the proper lane before reaching the solid line which separates the lanes.
# 14. What is the appropriate action to take when approaching a railroad crossing that does not have signals (such as lights or crossing gates)
A. Always bring the car to a complete stop.B. Slow down and be prepared to stop.C. Do nothing; all railroad crossings have signals.D. Increase speed to get across the tracks quickly.
Explanation : If there is a railroad crossing ahead. Use caution, and be prepared to stop. If you are following a bus or truck toward a railroad crossing, be careful. Most buses and some trucks must stop at railroad crossings.
# 15. When you park on the roadway, you should:
A. Use your four-way flashers
B. Park at an angle
C. Keep your turn signal on
D. Turn your lights on
# 16. You may not cross a single broken white (or yellow) line
A. When to do so would interfere with traffic.B. When turning left into a driveway.C. When the car in front is disabled.D. When passing to the right on a one-way street.
Explanation : Single broken line: You may pass other vehicles or change lanes if you can do so safely and not interfere with traffic.
# 17. What are the colors of the warning signs that indicate hazards ahead, such as curves in the road or narrow bridges
A. Black letters or symbols on a white background.B. Black letters or symbols on a yellow background.C. White letters or symbols on a blue background.D. White letters or symbols on a green background.
Explanation : WARNING Signs - COLOR: Yellow, with black letters or symbols.
# 18. Unless otherwise posted the speed limit in a residential area is ____.
A. 20 mph
B. 25 mph
C. 30 mph
# 19. If an approaching train is near enough or going fast enough to be a danger, you must
A. Slow down and proceed with caution.B. Not cross the tracks until the train has completely passed.C. Cross the tracks at your own risk.D. Find an alternative route across tracks.
Explanation : Look and listen for trains before crossing any railroad tracks. If an approaching train is near enough or going fast enough to be a danger, you may not cross the tracks, even if there are no signals or the signals are not working.
# 20. As you near an intersection, the traffic light changes from green to yellow. Your best action would be to
A. Speed up to beat the red light.B. Apply the brakes sharply to stop.C. Be prepared to stop in the center of the intersection.D. Be prepared to stop before the intersection.
Explanation : STEADY YELLOW: The light is changing from green to red. Be ready to stop for the red light.
# 21. When driving in traffic, it is safest to:
A. Fluctuate your speed to keep alert
B. Drive faster than the flow of traffic
C. Drive slower than the flow of traffic
D. Drive with the flow of traffic
# 22. Before passing another vehicle, you should signal:
A. Just before changing lanes
B. At any time
C. After changing lanes
D. Early enough so others know your plans
# 23. You must use your headlights when other vehicles are not visible from _____ feet away.
# 24. You may honk your horn when you:
A. Have to stop quickly
B. Are passing another car
C. Have lost control of your car
D. Are passing a bicyclist
# 25. When traveling below 40 miles per hour on a limited access highway, you should:
A. Drive on the shoulder
B. Use your high beams
C. Sound your horn to warn others
D. Use your four-way flashers
# 26. You see a signal person at a road construction site ahead. You should obey his or her instructions:
A. Only if you see orange cones on the road ahead.
B. Unless they conflict with existing signs, signals, or laws.
C. At all times.
# 27. Your ability to stop is affected by:
A. Signal lights
B. Other cars on the road
C. The time of day
D. The condition of the road
# 28. You may drive around or under a gate that is being lowered or raised at a railroad crossing
A. As long as an approaching train is not too close.B. If your vehicle can do so without damaging the gate.C. If you first look carefully in both directions.D. Under no circumstances.
Explanation : Flashing red lights, lowered crossing gates and/or a ringing bell at a railroad crossing mean that you must stop, at least 15 feet (5 m) from the tracks.
# 29. Before turning, you should:
A. Use your signal
B. Turn the wheel
C. Increase your speed
D. Change lanes
# 30. You should honk your horn when you:
A. Are travelling through an intersection
B. Are passing a bicyclist
C. See a child who is about to run into the street
D. Are parallel parking
# 31. When you are planning to make a turn, you should activate your turn signals:
A. Only if there are other drivers following you
B. Just as the front of your car reaches the intersection
C. 3 to 4 seconds before you reach the intersection
D. 2 car lengths before reaching the intersection
# 32. You have been involved in a minor traffic collision with a parked vehicle and you can`t find the owner. You must:
A. Leave a note on the vehicle.
B. Report the accident without delay to the city police or, in unincorporated areas, to the CHP.
C. Both of the above.
# 33. You see a flashing yellow traffic signal at an upcoming intersection. The flashing yellow light means:
A. Stop before entering the intersection as long as you can do so safely.
B. Stop. Yield to all cross traffic before crossing the intersection.
C. Slow down and cross the intersection carefully.
# 34. If you are involved in a traffic collision, you are required to complete and submit a written report (SR1) to the DMV:
A. Only if you or the other driver is injured.
B. If there is property damage in excess of $750 or if there are any injuries.
C. Only if you are at fault.
# 35. What vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings
A. Pick up trucks.B. School buses and passenger buses carrying passengers.C. Motorcycles.D. Vehicles towing a trailer.
Explanation : School buses with or without passengers, other buses while carrying passengers, and vehicles carrying explosives or flammable cargo must stop at all railroad crossings. Keep this in mind if you are following one of these vehicles.
# 36. What are the colors of a sign which tells you the distance to the next exit of a highway
A. Yellow with black letters.B. Black with white letters.C. Red with white letters.D. Green with white letters.
Explanation : DESTINATION Signs -
COLOR: Green, with white lettering.
MEANING: Show direction and distance to various locations.
# 37. At highway speeds, on a dry road, a safe following distance is at least:
A. 3 seconds of following distance from the car ahead of you
B. 2 seconds of following distance from the car ahead of you
C. 4 seconds of following distance from the car ahead of you
D. 2 car lengths of following distance from the car ahead of you
# 38. Before passing another vehicle you should:
A. Flash your headlights to alert the driver
B. Turn on your four-way flashers to warn the driver
C. Give the proper turn signal to show you are changing lanes
D. Sound your horn to get the drivers attention
# 39. The amount of space you need to cross traffic depends on the:
A. Road and weather conditions and oncoming traffic
B. Presence of a stop sign
C. Use of your turn signals
D. Cars behind you
# 40. When driving on wet roads, you should:
A. Drive the speed limit
B. Drive slightly faster than the speed limit
C. Drive 5 to 10 miles below the speed limit
D. Stay close to the vehicle ahead
# 41. Which of the following must you obey over the other three
A. A steady red light.B. A policeman.C. A stop sign.D. A flashing red light.
Explanation : Directions given by traffic officers take precedence over signs, signals or pavement markings. If a traffic officer signals you to stop at a green light, for example, you must stop.
# 42. You must obey instructions from school crossing guards:
A. At all times.
B. Only during school hours.
C. Unless you do not see any children present.
# 43. If traffic prevents you from crossing all the way across a set of railroad tracks, you may proceed only when
A. An approaching train is not moving fast enough to be a danger.B. There is room for your vehicle on the other side.C. At least one-half of your vehicle can cross the tracks.D. No trains are in sight.
Explanation : You may not cross any railroad tracks unless there is room for your vehicle on the other side. If other traffic prevents you from crossing all the way, wait, and cross only when there is room.
# 44. A solid white line on the right edge of the highway slants in towards your left. That shows that
A. There is an intersection just ahead.B. You are approaching a construction area.C. You will be required to turn left just ahead.D. The road will get narrower.
Explanation : Solid lines along the side of the road tell you where its edge is - where the travel lane ends and the road`s shoulder begins. It is illegal to drive across the edge line, except when directed to do so by a police officer or other authorized official.
# 45. A diamond-shaped sign is a
A. Road hazard sign.B. Interstate route sign.C. School crossing sign.D. Speed limit sign.
Explanation : warning sign - You are approaching an especially hazardous location or a place where there is a special rule. Sometimes a warning sign is combined with a rectangular yellow and black "recommended speed" sign.
# 46. A traffic light which has a green arrow and a red light means that
A. You may only drive straight ahead.B. You may drive only in the direction of the green arrow.C. You must wait for a green light.D. Vehicles moving in any direction must stop.
Explanation : GREEN ARROW: You may go in the direction of the arrow, but you must yield the right-of-way to other traffic at the intersection as required by law
# 47. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:
A. Steer left
B. Hit your brakes
D. Steer right
# 48. 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:
A. 15 mph
B. 20 mph
C. 25 mph
# 49. 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.
# 50. You may cross a single solid white line in the highway
A. Whenever you want to.B. If traffic conditions require.C. Only to turn into a driveway.D. Only to make a u-turn.
Explanation : Single solid line: You may pass other vehicles or change lanes, but you should do so only if obstructions in the road make it necessary or traffic conditions require it.
# 51. This sign is a warning that you are approaching
A. An intersection.B. A crosswalk.C. A railroad crossing.D. A blasting zone.
Explanation : RAILROAD CROSSING WARNING Sign -
COLOR: Yellow with black letters "RR" and "X" symbol.
MEANING: There is a railroad crossing ahead. Use caution, and be prepared to stop.
# 52. You must notify the DMV within 5 days if you:
A. Sell or transfer your vehicle.
B. Fail a smog test for your vehicle.
C. Get a new prescription for lenses or contacts.
# 53. What does this road sign mean
A. Slow down and prepare to stop only if cars are approaching you.B. Come to a full stop, then go when it is safe to do so.C. Proceed carefully through the intersection, not always stopping.D. Stop only for traffic on an intersecting road.
Explanation : STOP Sign -
COLOR: Red, with white letters.
MEANING: Come to a full stop, yield the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians in or approaching the intersection.
# 54. What does a flashing yellow light mean
A. Merging traffic.B. Proceed with caution.C. Pedestrian crossing.D. Come to a full stop.
Explanation : FLASHING YELLOW: Drive with caution.
# 55. Allow a larger space cushion when stopping:
A. On an up-hill
B. At an intersection
C. At a stop sign
D. At a toll plaza
# 56. What can you do to avoid the need to make emergency (or panic) stops while driving in traffic?
A. Honk your horn to make others aware of your presence
B. Look ahead and maintain a safe following distance
C. Drive in the right lane only
D. Drive slower than the flow of traffic
# 57. If you need to slow down or stop when other drivers may not expect it, you should:
A. Quickly tap your brake pedal a few times
B. Use your emergency brake
C. Look over your shoulder for traffic in your blind spot
D. Get ready to blow your horn
# 58. Which of these vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?
A. Tank trucks marked with hazardous materials placards.
B. Motor homes or pickup trucks towing a boat trailer.
C. Any vehicle with 3 or more axles or weighing more than 4,000 pounds.
# 59. You just sold your vehicle. You must notify the DMV within ____ days.
# 60. When driving on slick roads, you should:
A. Take turns more slowly
B. Change lanes quickly
C. Accelerate quickly
D. Brake hard
# 61. On a green arrow, you must:
A. Yield to any vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian in the intersection.
B. Yield to pedestrians only in the intersection.
C. Wait four seconds before proceeding.
# 62. When the road is marked with a solid yellow line and a broken yellow line on your side you may pass
A. Only in an emergency.B. If you are on an expressway.C. If traffic is clear.D. Only at an intersection.
Explanation : Solid line with broken line: If you are on the side with the solid line, you may not pass other vehicles or cross the line except to make a left turn into a driveway. If you are on the side with the broken line, you may pass if it is safe to do so.
# 63. You are driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:
A. A sign permits the turn.
B. Traffic on the street moves to the right.
C. Traffic on the street moves to the left.
# 64. Drive below the posted speed limit when:
A. Anything makes conditions less than perfect
B. Others drive below the speed limit
C. Entering a highway where there are other cars
D. You are on a four lane road
# 65. 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.
# 66. When making a turn, you must _____ your speed.
# 67. If a traffic signal light is not working, you must:
A. Stop, then proceed when safe.
B. Stop before entering the intersection and let all other traffic go first.
C. Slow down or stop, only if necessary.
# 68. A rectangular-shaped sign is
A. School crossing sign.B. Railroad crossing sign.C. Stop sign.D. Speed limit sign.
Explanation : regulation signs - These signs give information about rules for traffic direction, lane use, turning, speed, parking, and other special requirements.
# 69. With a Class C drivers license a person may drive:
A. A 3-axle vehicle if the Gross Vehicle Weight is less than 6,000 pounds.
B. Any 3-axle vehicle regardless of the weight.
C. A vehicle pulling two trailers.
# 70. When driving on slippery roads, you should:
A. Use alternate routes
B. Drive as you would on dry roads
C. Increase your following distance
D. Avoid crossing bridges or intersections
# 71. The driver is:
A. Slowing or stoppingB. Turning leftC. Turning rightD. Opening his/her door
# 72. If your turn signals fail, you should use _____ to indicate you are turning.
A. Your horn
B. Your headlights
C. Hand signals
D. Your emergency flashers
# 73. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?
A. As you drive faster, your tires become less effective
B. Water does not affect cars with good tires
C. Deeper water is less dangerous
D. As you decrease your speed, the roadway becomes more slippery
# 74. You may cross a double solid yellow line
A. To pass a slow moving truck.B. To turn into a driveway.C. To pass a car if traffic permits.D. Under no conditions.
Explanation : Double solid lines: You may not pass, or change lanes. You may not cross the lines except when turning left to enter or leave the highway (e.g., to or from a driveway or to perform a U-turn
# 75. You are driving on a freeway posted for 65 mph. Most of the other vehicles are driving 70 mph or faster. 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.
# 76. The safest precaution that you can take regarding the use of cellular phones and driving is:
A. Use hands-free devices so you can keep both hands on the steering wheel.
B. Keep your phone within easy reach so you won't need to take your eyes off the road.
C. Review the number before answering a call.
# 77. If a vehicle using high beams comes toward you, you should look towards _____ of the road.
A. Either side
B. The center
C. The right side
D. The left side
# 78. If a vehicle using high beams comes toward you, you should:
A. Turn on your high beams
B. Turn off your headlights
C. Sound your horn
D. Flash your high beams
# 79. You come to an intersection which has a flashing red light. You should
A. Come to a full stop, then go when safe to do so.B. Stop only if cars are approaching the intersection.C. Stop only if cars are already in the intersection.D. Slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.
Explanation : FLASHING RED: Means the same as a STOP sign: Stop, yield the right-of-way, and go when it is safe.
# 80. A red and white triangular sign at an intersection means
A. Slow down if an emergency vehicle is approaching.B. Look both ways as you cross the intersection.C. Always come to a full stop at the intersection.D. Slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary.
Explanation : YIELD Sign - Slow down as you approach the intersection. Prepare to stop and yield the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians in or approaching the intersection. You must come to a full stop at a YIELD sign if traffic conditions require it.
# 81. Before backing up, you should:
A. Rely on your mirrors to see if it is clear to proceed
B. Flash your lights
C. Open your door to see if it is clear to proceed
D. Turn your head and look through the rear window
# 82. Your brake lights tell other drivers that you:
A. Are making a turn
B. Have your emergency brake on
C. Are changing lanes
D. Are slowing down or stopping
# 83. When faced with one oncoming car to the left and a bicyclist to the right, you should:
A. Pull onto the shoulder
B. Split the difference
C. Let the car pass and then pass the bike
D. Pass the bike quickly
# 84. If an oncoming driver is heading toward you in your lane, you should:
A. Steer right, blow your horn, and accelerate
B. Steer left, blow your horn, and brake
C. Steer right, blow your horn, and brake
D. Stay in the center of your lane, blow your horn, and brake