California Driver's Exam (Permit Test)

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From the 2012 California Driver Handbook. Passing grade - 6 or fewer errors for original applicants


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    It is illegal for a person 21 years of age or older to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is         or higher.
    • A. 

      0.08% - Eight hundredths of one percent

    • B. 

      0.10% - One tenth of one percent

    • C. 

      0.05% - Five hundredths of one percent

  • 2. 
    You must notify DMV within 5 days if you:
    • A. 

      Sell or transfer your vehicle

    • B. 

      Are cited for a traffic violation

    • C. 

      Paint your vehicle a different color

  • 3. 
    Drivers of large trucks often travel with a lot of space in front of their vehicle. This extra space is needed for:
    • A. 

      Other drivers to use when merging onto an off-ramp

    • B. 

      The truck driver to use for stopping the vehicle

    • C. 

      Other drivers to use when they want to slow down

  • 4. 
    You must look for bicycle riders in the same lanes used by motor vehicles because they:
    • A. 

      Must ride facing oncoming traffic

    • B. 

      Illegally share lanes with motor vehicles

    • C. 

      Are entitled to share the road with you

  • 5. 
    A red arrow pointing to the right on a traffic light means you may:
    • A. 

      Turn in that direction after slowing and checking traffic

    • B. 

      Not turn in that direction until the light turns green

    • C. 

      Turn in that direction after you come to a complete stop

  • 6. 
    It is illegal to leave children age six or younger unattended in a car on a hot day:
    • A. 

      Even if they are secured in a child passenger restraint system

    • B. 

      If they are supervised by a person twelve years of age or older

    • C. 

      Only if the key is in the ignition

  • 7. 
    If your cell phone rings while you are driving and you do not have a hands-free device, you should:
    • A. 

      Answer the call because it may be an emergency

    • B. 

      Let the call go to voice mail

    • C. 

      Check the incoming number before answering the call

  • 8. 
    You are approaching a green traffic light, but traffic is blocking the intersection. What is the best thing to do?
    • A. 

      Partially enter the intersection to establish your right-of-way

    • B. 

      Don't enter the intersection until you can get completely across

    • C. 

      Continue into the intersection and wait for traffic to clear

  • 9. 
    You can drive off the road to pass another vehicle:
    • A. 

      If the vehicle ahead is turning left

    • B. 

      If there are two or more lanes travelling in your direction

    • C. 

      Under no circumstances

  • 10. 
    Slowing down just to look at collisions or anything else out of the ordinary:
    • A. 

      Causes traffic congestion

    • B. 

      Prevents rear-end collisions

    • C. 

      Improves traffic flow by preventing collisions

  • 11. 
    A curb painted blue means parking is:
    • A. 

      Allowed for no longer than 15 minutes

    • B. 

      For picking up or dropping off passengers

    • C. 

      For disabled persons with a special placard or plate

  • 12. 
    A car suddenly "cuts" in front of you creating a hazard. Which of these actions should you take first?
    • A. 

      Honk and step on the brake firmly

    • B. 

      Take your foot off the gas

    • C. 

      Swerve into the lane next to you

  • 13. 
    You make make a left turn on a red light only from a:
    • A. 

      One-way street onto a two-way street

    • B. 

      One-way street onto a one-way street

    • C. 

      Two-way street onto a one-way street

  • 14. 
    An orange and red sign of this shape on a vehicle always means:
    • A. 

      The vehicle has the right-of-way

    • B. 

      Slow-moving vehicle

    • C. 

      Shoulder work ahead

  • 15. 
    Yellow lines separate:
    • A. 

      Traffic lanes on one-way streets

    • B. 

      Traffic moving in opposite directions on a two-way road

    • C. 

      All carpool lanes from regular traffic lanes

  • 16. 
    A safety zone is a specially marked area for passengers to get on or off buses or trolleys. You may not drive through the 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

  • 17. 
    Flash your brake lights or turn on your emergency flashers if you:
    • A. 

      Need to warn other drivers of a collision ahead

    • B. 

      Are temporarily parked in traffic lane to make a delivery

    • C. 

      Are backing out of a parking space

  • 18. 
    You must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle by:
    • A. 

      Driving as near to the right edge of the road as possible and stopping

    • B. 

      Moving into the right lane and driving slowly until it has passed

    • C. 

      Stopping immediately, even if you are in an intersection

  • 19. 
    On a freeway, you should look farther ahead than you would on a city street:
    • A. 

      In order to see potential hazards early

    • B. 

      Because it takes 1/4 mile to stop your vehicle completely

    • C. 

      Because it helps you keep up with the traffic

  • 20. 
    A pedestrian starts to cross the street after the "Don't Walk" signal beings to flash. The pedestrian is in the middle of the street when your signal light changes to green. You should:
    • A. 

      Proceed if you have the right-of-way

    • B. 

      Proceed if the pedestrian is not in your lane

    • C. 

      Wait until the pedestrian crosses the street before proceeding

  • 21. 
    A pedestrian who is blind or visually impaired uses traffic sounds before deciding to corss the street. If you see a pedestrian with a guide dog or white cane waiting to cross at a corner, you should:
    • A. 

      Stop at the crosswalk and honk your horn

    • B. 

      Drive into the crosswalk so the person can hear your engine

    • C. 

      Pull up to the crosswalk so the person can hear your engine

  • 22. 
    To help avoid skidding on slippery surfaces you should:
    • A. 

      Shift to a lower gear after starting down a steep hill

    • B. 

      Speed up to enter curves and slow down to exit them

    • C. 

      Slow down before entering curves and intersections

  • 23. 
    You are driving and there are oncoming cars on your left and a row of parked cars on your right. You should steer:
    • A. 

      Closer to the oncoming cars than the parked cars

    • B. 

      Closer to the parked cars than the oncoming cars

    • C. 

      A middle course between the oncoming and parked cars

  • 24. 
    You are driving on a freeway posted for 65 mph. Traffic is heavy and moving at 35 mph. The best speed for your vehicle is most likely:
    • A. 

      25 mph

    • B. 

      35 mph

    • C. 

      30 mph

  • 25. 
    You exit a freeway on a ramp that curves downhill. You should:
    • A. 

      Slow to safe speed before the curve

    • B. 

      Slow to the posted speed limit for the freeway

    • C. 

      Wait until you have entered the curve to begin braking

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