Sample DMV Test
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Before taking the NJ written (Permit) test, it is essential that you first study thoroughly the latest official NJ MVC (DMV) guidebook. Although you may already know the answers to some of the more common questions, the test is made up of many detailed questions involving exact measurements distances, fines and penalties etc. In addition to studying the DMV guide, we have compiled a free online list of over 150 sample questions and answers for the written permit test. These online sample permit questions should only be looked at AFTER you have read through the MVC (DMV) booklet. These sample questions are meant to gauge your knowledge of the material in the booklet, not replace the booklet itself.
You may obtain a copy of the official NJ DMV (MVC) guide by calling the DMV at 888-486-3339 or visiting your nearest Motor Vehicles agency. There is no fee for the booklets, and they are printed in English and Spanish.
Skillful Driving School of Lakewood NJ has compiled these sample online questions to “help you” practice for your New Jersey DMV (MVC) written (permit) test. PLEASE NOTE that while it is legal to use these questions as a study guide and study aid, it is ILLEGAL to bring these questions into any Motor Vehicle Facility, as is the law regarding any and all study guides. Skillful Driving School prohibits use of this material in or around any Motor Vehicle office/facility, and is not held responsible if anyone is in violation of this law.1
When must you signal before making a turn?
At least 100 feet before the intersection
How close may you park to a stop sign?
How close may you park to a corner?
How close may you park to a fire hydrant?
What is the stopping distance on a dry road at 50 m.p.h.?
What is the proper distance you may park from the curb?
6 inches or less
What are the penalties for driving without insurance?
Suspension of driver’s license and registration and fines
Serious accidents causing death, injury or $200 damage must be reported within 5 days to?
A Division of motor Vehicles office
Points are only issued for?
When will you be given a proposed License Suspension Notice?
After receiving 12 points
What is the penalty for driving with a suspended license-first offense?
Fine of $500 and up to 6 months additional license suspension
What is the penalty for not telling the truth when applying for a license?
No less than a $200 fine and up to 6 months imprisonment
Up to 3 points may be subtracted from your record if you receive no moving violations for how long?
WWhat is the penalty for refusing the breath test?
6 months suspension (first offense)
Who is responsible if a student commits a traffic offense?
Both the student and the accompanying instructor or licensed driver
What should you do if approaching a steady yellow or amber signal?
Slow down, and stop before entering the intersection only if possible
What is a good practice while driving?
Keep from looking at one thing for more than a few seconds
What is the proper lane to turn into when making a left turn?
The lane nearest the center in the direction you are heading
When driving at night you should be able to stop?
Within the distance you can see ahead
Where should you position your car to make a left turn from a two way street?
The lane nearest the center of the road
What is a good practice when nearing an intersection?
Slow down and be prepared to stop
What is the purpose of traffic laws?
To protect you and other drivers
If there’s a “No Turn On Red” sign, when can you make a turn on red?
If you feel or hear unusual thumping noise while driving it may be?
What is the best advice if your car is stranded in a heavy snowstorm?
Stay with your car
What is a good practice when driving in the city?
Check intersections ahead for signals
What must you do if you want to turn left at a traffic light?
Yield to oncoming traffic
If the front of your car vibrates, the problem may be with your:
What do two parallel white lines across the road mean?
Pedestrian cross walk
Which lights should you be using when driving in fog?
Low beams, or fog lights
What papers must you have when operating a motor vehicle?
License, registration, and insurance card
When should you use your horn?
When coming out of a dark alley
What should be done if two cars enter an uncontrolled intersection simultaneously?
The driver to the left must yield to the driver on the right
Yellow center lines would usually be found where?
On a two-way road (no passing)
Why should you use seat belts and shoulder belts?
They increase your chance of surviving an accident
When may you pass on the right?
If the car in front is turning left and there is a lane for driving on the right
What does a flashing red light mean?
Stop, proceed with caution
What does a green light mean?
Proceed when safe
What does a single solid white line across an intersection mean?
You should stop behind the line for a traffic sign or signal
IWhat does a yellow diamond shaped sign mean?
Warning or caution
When should you use your parking lights?
Only when parking
Which way should you turn if you are going into a skid?
In the direction the back of your car is skidding
How far should you stay behind the car that you are following?
At least two seconds
What direction should you check first when approaching an intersection?
If two cars reach a four way stop at the same time, what is proper procedure?
The driver on the left yields to the driver on the right
What should you do if you go into a skid?
Take your foot off the gas
What is the most common mistake a new driver makes with the brakes?
Pushing the brake too hard
What is the best way to talk to other drivers?
Through the use of your horn and lights
What does a red eight-sided sign mean?
What does a red and white triangular sign mean?
If you drive through a deep puddle, what should you do?
Test your brakes
When is the road surface most slippery?
During the first few minutes of rain
When should you use your high beams?
Open country driving situations
If the lights of oncoming cars are in your eyes, what should you do?
Look to the lower right side of your traffic lane
. A driver’s left hand extended upward means what?
He’s making a right turn
A driver’s left hand extended straight out means what?
He’s making a left turn
A driver’s left hand extended downward means what?
He’s making a stop or slowing down
The safest way to exit an expressway is to?
Slow your car to the posted speed limit
What should you do if your brakes fail?
Shift to a lower gear and pump your brakes
What should you do if your electric signal fails to operate?
Use hand signal(s)
What should you do if you have a blowout?
Slow down gradually
One method of using the 2 second rule is by using a:
Fixed object on the side of the road
What should you do if you miss an exit on an expressway?
Got to the next exit. Don’t back up
When you are driving on a curve, your vehicle will go in what direction?
What is good practice at an intersection that has no signs or signal?
Be ready to stop if necessary (cover the brake)
It is good practice to keep a space cushion in order to?
Give you time to react
One of the best defenses against drunk drivers is:
Proper wearing of seat belt
When a school bus has stopped at a school to pick up or let off children, you may pass in either direction at a speed of no more than:
10 miles per hour
How should you turn your wheels when parking downhill next to a curb?
To the right towards the curb
Special permits may be issued for a 16 year old when:
The 16 year old is enrolled in a Behind the Wheel Driver Education Course or enrolled in a Commercial Driving Education course and when the permit is purchased by a state approved Driving Instructor
In city driving, a good habit is to:
Look ahead 12 seconds
When approaching a railroad crossing with flashing lights:
Stop no closer than 15 feet of the nearest rail
You are required by new Jersey law to keep to the right except:
When on a one-way street, when passing, or if it is impractical to travel on that side of the roadway
Studies show that the greatest number of people arrested for drunk driving had been drinking what kind of alcoholic beverage?
The speed limit in a school zone is 25 mph
The speed limit in a business area is 25 mph
The speed limit on a highway is 50 mph
You should always yield to:
Other vehicles already in the intersection, pedestrians and emergency vehicles
If you want to return to the road from a dirt shoulder:
Slow down, then turn your wheels to climb the pavement edge
An agricultural license allows the operation of a farm registered vehicle:
For agricultural use only
To make a right turn you should:
Get in the right lane
A 12 oz. Can of beer has as much alcohol in it as:
1 ½ oz. Of 86 proof whiskey or one 5 oz. Glass of wine
Whether your blood alcohol content raises above legal limits depends on:
How fast you drank, your weight, how much you drank
The best way to reduce your chances of having an alcohol related accident is:
Don’t drink and drive
If you are arrested for drunk driving in New Jersey, your chances of being convicted are:
Drugs that may affect basic driving skills are:
Cold medicines, tranquilizers, and some prescription drugs
Driving while under the influence of intoxicated beverages means:
The driver shows obvious signs of being drunk
When blood/alcohol content reaches 0.15%, your chances of getting into a serious/fatal accident will increase:
What is “Habitual Offender”?
Any person whose license has been suspended 3 times within 3 years
The first conviction penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is:
$250-$400 fine and possible imprisonment for 30 days and loss of license for 6 months – 1 year
In NJ, you must always keep to which side of the road (except when passing)?
With a blood alcohol concentration of .05 – .08%:
You may or may not be under the influence
With a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more:
You are definitely under the influence (regardless of age)
New Jersey licensed drivers have an eyesight recheck every:
What is a good rule of thumb in adjusting to traffic?
Try to adjust your speed to the flow of traffic
What is a good rule of thumb for following distances on dry roads?
One car length for every 10 mph speed or 2-3 second space between cars
What does the word ” tailgating” mean?
Driving too close to the vehicle in front. This does not allow enough time to react if the vehicle ahead stops suddenly or slows
What does hydroplaning mean?
Losing the tire grip on wet roads and riding on a film of water
What is an uncontrolled intersection?
An intersection where there’s no traffic signals or signs
When should you dim your headlights?
In city driving and when following or meeting another vehicle within 500 feet
What is an acceleration lane?
An extra lane provided at the entrance to an expressway to provide a vehicle distance in which to build up speed
You must stop at least _ feet from a school bus with its red lights on?
What is the name of the distance that the car travels while the brakes are being applied?
Dates for studded tires on New Jersey roadways are?
November 15th to April 1st
Information signs are what color?
Blue or green
What should you do if a traffic light is not working?
Slow down, yield to traffic, and proceed when safe
Depth perception means the same as:
Persons under the age of 21 are considered under the influence (DUI) when their blood alcohol content is:
.01, .05 or .08%. Any amount of alcohol is over the limit
You can practice driving with a valid special learners permit (for a 16 year old):
Between 5:01 am and 11 P.M.
You must be at least _ years old to register a motor vehicle?
As you drive, you are required to stop your vehicle:
At an intersection with a stop sign, at a red light and when an officer orders you to do so
NJ issues a _ year basic license?
It is important to slow down:
On narrow roads, at intersections or railroad crossings,and when the road is wet or slippery
Vehicle stopping distances never depend on:
Time of day
The best way to take a curve is to:
Slow down before entering the curve
If a student fails the driving test (road test) for the fist time, how long must he/she wait before taking it again?
At least 14 days
You may drive on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal only if:
Directed to do so by a police officer
When it is legal to make a right turn on red, you must:
Make a full stop and check traffic
What is a good form of I.D. to bring to the Permit test?
Original Birth Certificate (county issued, with the raised seal)
You can get alcohol out of your blood by:
Time. The more you wait, the less the influence.
The position of the hands on the steering wheel are:
At 9 and 3 o’clock
The definition of a blind spot is:
Area which cannot be seen in the outside mirror(s)
The inspection sticker on a new vehicle is good for:
At what age can a high school student with a valid learner’s permit take commercial driving lessons?
What is the penalty for not having your insurance card with you?
Fine up to $100
A single, solid white line across a road at an intersection means:
Stop within 5 feet of the line for a sign or traffic light
If you have an out of state license, and move to NJ, you must apply for a NJ license within :
60 days, or before your current license expires, whichever comes first
Some signs of alcohol impairment are usually:
Swerving, going too fast or slow
What is the penalty for driving a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker?
Fine,arrest and registration revocation
On a three lane road, the center lane is used for:
In selecting an area to do a three point turn (K- turn) you should check:
Volume of traffic,Width of the road, and if the car is at or near an intersection
If you are involved in a personal injury accident that requires you to report it to the Division of Motor Vehicles you must:
Report the accident to your insurance company at once
An articulated license allows you to operate what?
Vehicles of 18,000 lbs or more, joined by a coupling device
How long do you have to report a change in address on a NJ license?
What would indicate that a tire has been habitually over-inflated?
Wear on the center of the tire
Headlights, not parking lights alone, must be used:
One-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise, in poor weather conditions, and when visibility is 500 feet or less
A check point for parallel parking is:
Rear bumper opposite rear bumper of car parked in front of desired space
If your car breaks down on an expressway, the first thing you should do is:
Try to pull off the road safely
To drive a tractor trailer in NJ what type of license must you obtain?
Articulated Vehicle license, or CDL
If you run off the pavement, the first thing you should do is:
Slow down and turn back onto the pavement slowly
The implied consent law means:
Driver agrees to take a breath test
Most fatal accidents are due to?
If a person becomes drunk in your home and has a motor vehicle accident after leaving your home you could:
Be involved in a lawsuit
The term one car length for each 10 mph is used to describe:
If a driver receives a “proposed license suspension”, he/she must……:
Attend a NJ driver improvement program, ask for a hearing with the division of Motor Vehicles or turn in his/her license for the suspension period
When you buy a used car which has an expired inspection sticker, the car must be inspected within:
What indicates under-inflated tires?
Excessive wear on the edges of the tires
How long do you have to report a name change to the DMV?
If a collision is impossible to avoid, you can lessen the impact by:
Steering away from objects that do not give way
Are the same for all states
A restriction on a special learner’s permit for a 16 year old is:
(S)he must have a behind the wheel driver education course
Failure to give consent to be tested for alcohol consumption (the implied consent law) is punishable by:
6 months suspension of driving privileges
In adverse weather conditions, the stopping distance of a truck increases by :
When making a left turn into a road with more than one lane going in the same direction, you must:
Start to turn the wheel a little before reaching the middle of the road, and turn into the nearest lane to the center.
When purchasing a used vehicle you may:
get the car inspected within 14 days, or wait until the inspection from the previous owner expires if applicable
If a traffic light is hanging horizontally, which side is the red on?
A provisional license is good for:
A basic license is good for:
The bac level for over 21 is:
for under 21: .01 (i.e. anything)
To avoid a $25 charge when purchasing a used car:
transfer title within 10 business days of sale
For all moving violations commited on a NJ license while driving in any state under the interstate compacts laws, you will recieve:
2 points on your NJ license
To avoid highway hypnosis:
avoid looking at any one thing for more than a few seconds at a time
Anyone over 21 must wait to take their road test (after passing the written test):
Move to the extreme right for any emergency vehicle
You know you are in the blind spot of a truck in front of you if:
you can’t see him in his mirror
One of the main things to look out for when dealing with a truck is:
Their blind spot
A car seat should be placed in the back seat in the middle, not in the front.
For a GDL (stands for Graduated Driver’s License, page 5-8 of the DMV manual) permit, NO handheld devices (such as game systems and cell phones) are allowed to be used.
For someone over 21, the GDL time restrictions are waived.
The standard accident prevention “formula” is: Be alert, Be prepared, Act in time.
The standard fine for a GDL infraction is $100.
A “learner’s” or “student” permit, refers to a permit for a 16 year old.
Since emotions play such a large role in driving, when you are angry, upset or overly excited, it is always better to put off driving until you have had time to cool down.
If a person with a BAC level of .05% doubles their chances of getting into an accident, then a person with a BAC level of .10%:
Has a 6 times greater chance of getting into an accident
The best way to get alcohol out of one’s system is not coffee or even eating, but rather
Time. The longer one waits, the more their system gets rid of the alcohol.
You must be careful to stop for bicyclists and pedestrians?
as directed by law, when they are in a crosswalk
If a driver is 21 or older, are they subject to the GDL time restrictions?
Is driving a privilege or a right?
Driving is a privilege.