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Even before I moved to California, I’d heard horror stories about the dreaded Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Born and raised in Detroit, I’d been to the Secretary of State in Michigan to get my drivers license, and while it’s not the ideal way to spend an afternoon, it’s not that terrible.
When I found out that not only did I have to go to the DMV to get my California drivers license, I’d also be required to take a written driving exam (similar to the permit test I took when I was 15), I wasn’t exactly excited. Actually, I was downright nervous.
Truth is, I’ve spent the last 10 years behind the wheel, and most of the time it’s felt like second nature. But if I had to recite the actual rules of the road? That’s another story.
Put yourself to the test
Although most states don’t require new residents to take a written test, imagine if you suddenly found yourself in some Freaky Friday-like situation, sitting in drivers ed on test day. How would you fare? Would you be anxiously poring over pamphlets and sample questions? Or are you confident in your familiarity with the rules of the road?
Well, let’s find out! Test your knowledge with these 10 questions pulled from real driving exams across the country.
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The moment of truth
How’d you do? Would you be free to ride off into the sunset, or would you be stuck in class cramming for a retest?
Thankfully, on test day, I was cool, calm, and collected, and passed with flying colors. But if I hadn’t spent a couple of hours looking over sample questions, I’m not sure I’d be a licensed California driver today.
The best ways to stay prepared: give yourself a refresher every now and again, and be sure to stay current on the ever-changing rules of the road.
Another must-have for any driver? Reliable car insurance. And while we can’t slip you our notes on test day, we can hook you up with a car insurance policy that fits your needs.
- Question 1 of 10
From Washington …
When a school bus on a 2-lane road is approaching from the opposite direction, you must stop:Correct
You’re off to a great start.Incorrect
The correct answer is if the red warning lights on the bus are flashing.
- Question 2 of 10
From California …
You are about to make a left turn. You must signal continuously during the last ____ feet before the turn.CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is 100.
- Question 3 of 10
From North Carolina …
Conviction for which item carries the highest number of points?CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is passing a stopped school bus that is unloading children.
- Question 4 of 10
From Kentucky …
When passing another vehicle, you can exceed the posted speed limit:CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is never.
- Question 5 of 10
From Delaware …
When driving in fog, heavy rain, or snow, use:CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is low beams.
- Question 6 of 10
From Nevada …
A flashing red traffic light:CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is it has the same meaning as a stop sign.
- Question 7 of 10
From North Dakota …
True or false: you must yield to the driver on your right if you both arrive at a 4-way stop at the same time.CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is true.
- Question 8 of 10
From New Jersey …
A 5-ounce glass of wine contains the same amount of alcohol as:CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is one 12-ounce can of beer.
- Question 9 of 10
From Nebraska …
When another vehicle is passing you:CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is stay in your lane and maintain speed unless there is an emergency.
- Question 10 of 10
From Alaska …
When passing a large truck or bus, you should:CorrectIncorrect
The correct answer is all of the above.