CA State Permit Practice Tests

Permit Test 1

1. You may legally park your car:

  At the corner in an intersection
  Across a sidewalk if you are partially in a driveway
  In a bicycle lane if there is no sign forbidding it

2. You should adjust your rearview and side mirrors:

  Before you get into the car
  Before you start driving
  Only when driving on a level surface

3. The speed limit for a school zone where children are present is____ unless otherwise posted


4. The California Driver Handbook recommends several tips to help you keep alert on long drives. One of the best tips is:

  Pull off the road and rest
  Turn on your air conditioner
  Alternately drive close to the left and right sides of your lane

5. You are on a two-way road and the vehicle ahead of you is turning left into a driveway. You may legally pass the vehicle on the right:

  If there is enough road between the curb and the vehicle to do so
  Even if you must drive on the shoulder to do so
  Even if you must cross a solid white line painted on the road

6. You are driving in the far right lane of a four-lane freeway and notice thick white broken white lines on the left side of your lane. You are driving in:

  The carpool lane and must merge into the next lane
  A special lane for slow moving vehicles
  An exit lane

7. 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
  Slowly inch your vehicle into the traffic lane
  Drive on the shoulder until a gap in traffic appears

8. The driver ahead of you stops at a crosswalk. What should you do?

  Pass the vehicle once any pedestrian has crossed your lane
  Stop, then proceed when all pedestrians have crossed
  Change lanes, look carefully, and pass the stopped vehicle

9. If you have a green light, but traffic is blocking the intersection:

  Stay out of the intersection until traffic clears
  Enter the intersection and wait until traffic clears
  Merge into another lane and try to go around the traffic

10. You are driving in the far right lane of a multilane freeway. A line of five cars is merging into your lane ahead from an onramp. You:

  Must maintain your speed and position
  Must slow down to let the other vehicles merge
  Should make room for the merging vehicles, if possible

11. To pass a bicyclist in a narrow traffic lane when a car is approaching:

  Drive into the oncoming lane to pass the bicyclist
  Slow down and let the car pass, then pass the bicyclist
  Speed up to pass the bicyclist before the car comes

12. You want to go into a store to make a quick purchase. You should:

  Lock your door if you leave the car running
  Stop the engine and set the parking brake
  Stop the engine, but set the parking brake only if on a slope

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

  Always stop before making a right turn
  Signal during the last 100 feet before you turn
  Slow down and signal as you start your turn

14. When you change lanes or merge with another lane, you:

  Have the right-of-way
  Should first stop and check for cross traffic
  Need at least a 4-second gap in traffic

15. Your wheels should be pointed straight ahead, unless you are:

  Waiting to make a left turn at a traffic light
  Parked on a hill or sloping driveway
  Parked on the side of a level roadway and there is no curb

16. You should stop before crossing railroad tracks:

  Whenever a crossing is not controlled by gates
Any time a train may be approaching, even if you cannot see it
  If your vehicle has three or more axles

17. To turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street, start from:

  The lane closest to the left curb
  The center lane
  Any lane as long as it seems safe to do so

18. During the first 12 months after you are licensed, you must be accompanied by your parent or guardian if you:

  Transport minors between 11 PM and 5:00 AM
  Drive between the hours of 5 AM and 11 PM
  Transport adults between the hours of 5 AM and midnight

19. Two vehicles are approaching an uncontrolled "T" intersection. One vehicle is on the through road and the other is on the road that ends. Who has the right-of-way at the intersection?

  The vehicle on the through road
  The vehicle on the right
  The vehicle that arrives first

20. There are five vehicles following close behind you on a road with one lane in your direction. When you see this sign, you should:

  Drive to the right edge of your lane but keep moving
  Slow down and signal the other drivers to pass you
  Drive to the side of the road and stop in the designated area

21. You should use your horn:

  If a driver does not immediately begin driving at a green light
  To tell another driver he or she has made a mistake
  To alert a driver who may try to turn in front of you

22. If there is a deep puddle in the road ahead, you should:

  Maintain the posted speed to make it through the water
  Steer your vehicle around the water, if possible
  Shift into neutral as you drive through the water

23. Instructions from school crossing guards must be obeyed:

  At all times
  During school hours only
  Only when children are present in front of a school

24. This sign means you should:

  Stop and check traffic both ways before proceeding
  Give the right-of-way to traffic on the road you are entering or crossing
  Keep a steady speed and check traffic both ways

25. Check your rearview mirrors:

  Often to see how traffic is moving behind you
  Only on a freeway or highway
  Only when you are slowing down

26. Cargo extending more than four feet from your rear bumper:

  Is illegal under all circumstances
  Must be marked with a red flag or lights
  Does not legally have to be marked, but it is a good idea

27. This sign means:

  Railroad crossing is controlled - continue at your regular speed
  Look, listen, and prepare to stop at the crossing, if necessary
  Stop at the railroad tracks and wait for a signal before crossing

28. When you see this sign, you should:

  Always stop at the crosswalk
  Stop at the crosswalk until a crossing guard signals you to go
  Be prepared to stop if pedestrians are in the crosswalk

29. When driving in fog, snow, or rain, you should use your:

  Low-beam headlights
  High-beam head lights
  Running lights

30. Which of the following is true about large trucks?

  Trucks have fewer blind spots due to the vehicle’s height
  It is best to pass trucks very slowly and on the right side
  Trucks often appear to travel slower because of their large size

31. Which of these statements is true about driving and taking medications?

  Most cold medications can make a person drowsy
  Over-the-counter medications cannot impair driving ability if taken in the recommended dosages
  Prescription medications are safe to take at any time

32. For which of the following traffic lights must you always stop your vehicle?

  Solid red lights, flashing red lights, and blacked-out traffic signals
  Solid red lights, red arrows, and flashing yellow lights
  Solid red lights, flashing red lights, and yellow lights

33. If you are convicted by the court of a first DUI, DMV will:

  Revoke your driving privilege
  Sentence you to a mandatory 30 days in jail
  Put your vehicle in storage for up to 30 days at your expense

34. The speed limit in any alley is:

  20 mph
  15 mph
  10 mph

35. When a traffic signal light isn't working at an intersection, you should:

  Come to a complete stop, then proceed when it is safe
  Stop before entering and let all other traffic go first
  Slow down or stop, if necessary

36. When looking ahead while driving, you should:

  Stare at the middle of the road
  Look directly in front of your car
  Scan from side to side

37. Which of the following contributes to improved traffic flow?

  Not slowing down to look at an accident scene
  Lowering the speed limit on major freeways
  Using your car instead of public transportation

38. 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 slow down
  Drive to the right edge of the road and stop
  Stay in your lane, slow down, and let it pass

39. When merging onto a freeway, you should be driving:

  At or near the same speed as the freeway traffic
  At the legal freeway speed limit
  Slower than the freeway traffic

40. To be sure a lane is clear before you change lanes, you should:

  Look in your outside mirrors only
  Look over your shoulder into the lane you want to enter
  Always turn your head and look over your right shoulder

41. When you see this sign, you should stop and:

  Cautiously look for vehicles in the direction you want to go, then proceed
  Proceed immediately afterwards
  Check traffic in all directions before proceeding

42. Give extra space to drivers backing out of parking spaces because:

  They may not see you
  They have the right-of-way
  It is required by law

43. You must notify DMV within 5 days if you:

  Sell or transfer your vehicle
  Paint your vehicle a different color
  Are cited for a traffic violation

44. You must make a written report (SR 1) to DMV when:

  Your vehicle fails a smog test
  You are involved in an accident and there is an injury
  You change your insurance company

45. Which of these statements is true about child passengers?

  Children age 1 or older and over 20 pounds should ride buckled up in the front seat
  Babies should not ride in the front seat if there is a passenger-side airbag
  The front seat is generally the safest place for children age 6 and older

46. It is illegal for a person under 21 years of age to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is ..... or more

  0.08%-Eight hundredths of one percent
  0.01%-One hundredth of one percent
  0.05%-Five hundredths of one percent