DMV Practice Test

Take the below DMV Practice Test to help you prepare for the real thing!


  1. It is against the law to leave unattended minor children or animals inside a vehicle during hot weather. Vehicle temperatures can rise between ___and ___ degrees higher than outside temperatures.
    1. 20 and 30.
    2. 30 and 40.
    3. 40 and 50.
    4. 50 and 60.
  2. Drivers may be cited if passengers ___ years of age or younger are found not wearing their seatbelt.
    1. 15.
    2. 16.
    3. 17.
    4. 18.
  3. Children ___ years of age and younger must ride in a federally approved child restraint system.
    1. 5.
    2. 6.
    3. 7.
    4. 8.
  4. Effective January 1, 2018, it is legal to smoke or ingest marijuana or any marijuana product while driving or riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle upon a highway.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  5. If traffic lights show no signals (a blackout) at an intersection, how should drivers respond?
    1. Drivers should wait at the intersection until local police arrive to direct traffic.
    2. Drivers should slowly cross intersection and try not to hit other vehicles.
    3. Drivers should follow rules for a 4-way intersection.
    4. None of the above.
  6. What color and how many sides does a school crosswalk sign have?
    1. Yellow and four sides.
    2. Orange and five sides.
    3. White and four sides.
    4. Yellow and five sides.
  7. A sign that has eight sides and is red is what type of traffic sign?
    1. Yield sign.
    2. Wrong way sign.
    3. Do not enter sign.
    4. Stop sign.
  8. What is California's "Basic Speed Law"?
    1. Drivers are allowed to drive five miles above the speed limit during commuting hours.
    2. Drivers are required to drive at least the basic speed of 30 mph on metropolitan roadways and 50 mph on interstate highways.
    3. Drivers are required to drive at speeds that are safe for current conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.
    4. None of the above.
  9. What is the speed limit for school zones or areas within 500 to 1,000 feet of children?
    1. 15 to 25 mph.
    2. 5 to 10 mph.
    3. 30 to 40 mph.
    4. 20 mph.
  10. What is a circular roadway that travels in a counter-clockwise direction around an island called?
    1. Roundabout.
    2. Travel loop.
    3. Traffic circle.
    4. Both A and C.
  11. Drivers should slow down to ___ miles per hour when approaching a roundabout.
    1. 20.
    2. 25.
    3. 30.
    4. They should not slow down.
  12. Drivers must yield to:
    1. Pedestrians and bicyclists.
    2. Oncoming traffic when making left turns.
    3. Main traffic in roundabouts.
    4. All of the above.
  13. Hybrid and electric vehicles are much quiet-er when using electric power. Pedestrians may not be able to hear these vehicles approaching.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  14. When at railroad or train crossings, drivers must:
    1. A. Stop on railroad tracks and then continue.
    2. B. Stop at least 15 feet before railroad tracks when lights are flashing.
    3. C. Go around crossing gates after a train passes.
    4. D. All of the above.
  15. Which vehicle must yield right of way when two vehicles come at an impasse on a narrow, steep mountain road?
    1. The vehicle facing downhill.
    2. The vehicle facing uphill.
    3. Whichever vehicle arrived first.
    4. This would never happen.
  16. Drivers should scan between ___ and ___seconds ahead of their vehicles while driving.
    1. 5 and 10.
    2. 10 and 12.
    3. 10 and 15.
    4. 15 and 20.
  17. Which of the following is an example of good visual search strategies?
    1. Don't focus on only staring straight ahead. Check mirrors periodically.
    2. Check your blind spot before changing lanes.
    3. Watch out for large vehicles behind you when driving down a hill.
    4. All of the above.
  18. Which of the following pavement markings allow passing if on your side?
    1. Solid yellow lines.
    2. Broken yellow lines.
    3. Two sets of solid double yellow lines.
    4. Solid white lines.
  19. What is the meaning of a double white line on pavement?
    1. Passing is allowed.
    2. Separates regular use and preferential use travel lanes.
    3. Separates travel lanes going in the opposite direction.
    4. None of the above.
  20. Drivers may use center left-turn lanes as extra travel lanes to pass other vehicles.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  21. Which of the following vehicles may NOT use HOV lanes?
    1. Carpools and buses.
    2. Trucks with only the driver inside.
    3. DMV-issued low-emission vehicles.
    4. Motorcycles.
  22. When driving near bicycle lanes, drivers must:
    1. Honk at bicyclists when they're about to enter the bicycle lane to make a right turn.
    2. Leave at least six feet of space when passing a bicyclist.
    3. Enter the bicycle lane for a right turn within 200 feet of the corner.
    4. All of the above.
  23. All drivers must signal at least ___ feet be-fore making a turn.
    1. 400.
    2. 300.
    3. 200.
    4. 100.
  24. Before making a right turn at a red light, drivers must:
    1. Stop at the limit line, unless they are turning onto a non-merging dedicated right lane.
    2. Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
    3. Signal.
    4. All of the above.
  25. Drivers may make a U-turn:
    1. In front of fire stations.
    2. At railroad crossings.
    3. On one-way streets.
    4. At left turning lanes.
  26. What is the hand signal to alert drivers you're making a left turn?
    1. Extend left arm straight outward.
    2. Extend right arm straight outward.
    3. Bend left arm upward.
    4. Bend left arm downward.
  27. For parallel parking, drivers should find parking spaces at least ___ feet longer than their vehicles.
    1. One.
    2. Two.
    3. Three.
    4. Four.
  28. How should drivers park when parking up-hill next to a curb?
    1. Park with their wheels sharply turned toward the curb.
    2. Park with their wheels away from the center of the road.
    3. Park with their wheels facing forward and their parking brake set.
    4. Park with their wheels turned away from the curb and their rear wheels gently touching the curb.
  29. Which curb color allows drivers to park for a limited time?
    1. Yellow.
    2. Green.
    3. White.
    4. Blue.
  30. Drivers may park:
    1. In a disabled parking space if they have a disabled parking permit.
    2. In parking spaces for zero-emission vehicles even without decals.
    3. In a space next to a disabled person parking space with a crosshatched pattern.
    4. Within three feet of a sidewalk ramp for disabled persons.
  31. When are low-beam headlights NOT re-quired to be in use?
    1. During weather that requires windshield wipers.
    2. During bright, sunny days.
    3. During frosty mornings.
    4. On small country and mountain roads.
  32. What is "hand-over-hand" steering?
    1. Used for turning, one hand will push the wheel up toward the direction the driver wants to go while the other hand reaches over and pulls the wheel up to continue driving.
    2. Also called "push/pull" steering, hands are kept at the 9 and 3 o'clock position or slightly lower than 8 and 4 o'clock for regular steering.
    3. One-handed steering used for backing up, when the driver keeps one hand on the steering wheel while the other grips the passenger seat.
    4. None of the above.
  33. A good rule of thumb is to allow for a following distance of three to four seconds.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  34. Drivers may use their horn to:
    1. Make another vehicle or bicyclist to go faster.
    2. Show their anger on the road.
    3. Alert other drivers to avoid collisions.
    4. Scare pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
  35. Drivers should allow for a ___ second following distance when following motorcycles.
    1. Two.
    2. Three.
    3. Four.
    4. Five.
  36. All the following equipment is required on a bicycle when riding at night, EXCEPT:
    1. Front lamp that emits light 300 feet away.
    2. Bell that can be heard 200 feet away.
    3. Rear red reflector visible from 500 feet away.
    4. White or yellow reflectors on the pedals and front wheels of the bicycle visible from 200 feet away.
  37. Which of the following is NOT an accept-able reaction to emergency vehicles with flash-ing lights and sounding alarms?
    1. Yield right of way or pulling over to the right.
    2. Finish crossing an intersection before pulling over.
    3. Follow behind an emergency vehicle toward the scene of the disaster to see the damage.
    4. Wait until emergency vehicle gets at least 300 feet away before resuming traffic.
  38. SMV stands for "slow-moving vehicle." LSV stands for "low-speed vehicle." What does NEV stand for?
    1. Neighborhood electric vehicle.
    2. Narrow elusive vehicle.
    3. Non-essential emergency vehicle.
    4. National emergency vehicle.
  39. When sharing the road with trucks, drivers should:
    1. Not cut them off.
    2. Not try to sneak a turn while trucks are turning.
    3. Not linger on the side of a truck.
    4. All of the above.
  40. If drivers cannot see beyond 100 feet, they must reduce their speed to ___ miles per hour.
    1. 20.
    2. 25.
    3. 30.
    4. 35.
  41. When there are high winds, drivers should do the following EXCEPT:
    1. Use cruise control.
    2. Watch out for debris.
    3. Slow down and firmly grip steering wheel.
    4. Pull over and wait for winds to pass.
  42. How should drivers react to slippery roads?
    1. Drivers should cut their speed in half when driving over packed snow.
    2. Drivers should slow down to a crawl when driving over ice.
    3. Drivers should slow down by five to 10 miles on wet roads.
    4. All of the above.
  43. Drivers may not be able to tell how deep a flood may be on a roadway, so they are advised to avoid driving through flooded roadways to avoid hazards.
    1. True.
    2. False.
  44. Drivers must only pass vehicles if a hill or curve is over a ___ away.
    1. 500 feet.
    2. Half a mile.
    3. Quarter of a mile.
    4. Third of a mile.
  45. If a driver accidentally drives off the road, he or she should NOT:
    1. Grip steering wheel firmly with both hands.
    2. Ease his or her foot off the accelerator.
    3. Jerk the wheel back toward the road.
    4. Gently steer back onto the road.
  46. Written accident reports must be filed with the DMV within how many days?
    1. Five.
    2. One.
    3. Ten.
    4. Nine.
  47. Drivers 21 years of age or older will be charged with DUIs if they have a blood alcohol concentration of:
    1. .01 percent or higher.
    2. .04 percent or higher.
    3. .05 percent or higher.
    4. .08 percent or higher.