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
 
2    
How close may you park to a stop sign?
50 feet
 
3    
How close may you park to a corner?
25 feet
 
4    
How close may you park to a fire hydrant?
10 feet
 
5    
What is the stopping distance on a dry road at 50 m.p.h.?
243 feet
 
6    
What is the proper distance you may park from the curb?
6 inches or less
 
7    
What are the penalties for driving without insurance?
Suspension of driver’s license and registration and fines
 
8    
Serious accidents causing death, injury or $200 damage must be reported within 5 days to?
A Division of motor Vehicles office
 
9    
Points are only issued for?
Moving Violations
 
10    
When will you be given a proposed License Suspension Notice?
After receiving 12 points
 
11    
What is the penalty for driving with a suspended license-first offense?
Fine of $500 and up to 6 months additional license suspension
 
12    
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
 
13    
Up to 3 points may be subtracted from your record if you receive no moving violations for how long?
One year
 
14    
WWhat is the penalty for refusing the breath test?
6 months suspension (first offense)
 
15    
Who is responsible if a student commits a traffic offense?
Both the student and the accompanying instructor or licensed driver
 
16    
What should you do if approaching a steady yellow or amber signal?
Slow down, and stop before entering the intersection only if possible
 
17    
What is a good practice while driving?
Keep from looking at one thing for more than a few seconds
 
18    
What is the proper lane to turn into when making a left turn?
The lane nearest the center in the direction you are heading
 
19    
When driving at night you should be able to stop?
Within the distance you can see ahead
 
20    
Where should you position your car to make a left turn from a two way street?
The lane nearest the center of the road
 
21    
What is a good practice when nearing an intersection?
Slow down and be prepared to stop
 
22    
What is the purpose of traffic laws?
To protect you and other drivers
 
23    
If there’s a “No Turn On Red” sign, when can you make a turn on red?
Never
 
24    
If you feel or hear unusual thumping noise while driving it may be?
The tires
 
25    
What is the best advice if your car is stranded in a heavy snowstorm?
Stay with your car
 
26    
What is a good practice when driving in the city?
Check intersections ahead for signals
 
27    
What must you do if you want to turn left at a traffic light?
Yield to oncoming traffic
 
28    
If the front of your car vibrates, the problem may be with your:
Steering
 
29    
What do two parallel white lines across the road mean?
Pedestrian cross walk
 
30    
Which lights should you be using when driving in fog?
Low beams, or fog lights
 
31    
What papers must you have when operating a motor vehicle?
License, registration, and insurance card
 
32    
When should you use your horn?
When coming out of a dark alley
 
33    
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
 
34    
Yellow center lines would usually be found where?
On a two-way road (no passing)
 
35    
Why should you use seat belts and shoulder belts?
They increase your chance of surviving an accident
 
36    
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
 
37    
What does a flashing red light mean?
Stop, proceed with caution
 
38    
What does a green light mean?
Proceed when safe
 
39    
What does a single solid white line across an intersection mean?
You should stop behind the line for a traffic sign or signal
 
40    
IWhat does a yellow diamond shaped sign mean?
Warning or caution
 
41    
When should you use your parking lights?
Only when parking
 
42    
Which way should you turn if you are going into a skid?
In the direction the back of your car is skidding
 
43    
How far should you stay behind the car that you are following?
At least two seconds
 
44    
What direction should you check first when approaching an intersection?
The left
 
45    
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
 
46    
What should you do if you go into a skid?
Take your foot off the gas
 
47    
What is the most common mistake a new driver makes with the brakes?
Pushing the brake too hard
 
48    
What is the best way to talk to other drivers?
Through the use of your horn and lights
 
49    
What does a red eight-sided sign mean?
Stop
 
50    
What does a red and white triangular sign mean?
Yield
 
51    
If you drive through a deep puddle, what should you do?
Test your brakes
 
52    
When is the road surface most slippery?
During the first few minutes of rain
 
53    
When should you use your high beams?
Open country driving situations
 
54    
If the lights of oncoming cars are in your eyes, what should you do?
Look to the lower right side of your traffic lane
 
55    
. A driver’s left hand extended upward means what?
He’s making a right turn
 
56    
A driver’s left hand extended straight out means what?
He’s making a left turn
 
57    
A driver’s left hand extended downward means what?
He’s making a stop or slowing down
 
58    
The safest way to exit an expressway is to?
Slow your car to the posted speed limit
 
59    
What should you do if your brakes fail?
Shift to a lower gear and pump your brakes
 
60    
What should you do if your electric signal fails to operate?
Use hand signal(s)
 
61    
What should you do if you have a blowout?
Slow down gradually
 
62    
One method of using the 2 second rule is by using a:
Fixed object on the side of the road
 
63    
What should you do if you miss an exit on an expressway?
Got to the next exit. Don’t back up
 
64    
When you are driving on a curve, your vehicle will go in what direction?
Straight
 
65    
What is good practice at an intersection that has no signs or signal?
Be ready to stop if necessary (cover the brake)
 
66    
It is good practice to keep a space cushion in order to?
Give you time to react
 
67    
One of the best defenses against drunk drivers is:
Proper wearing of seat belt
 
68    
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
 
69    
How should you turn your wheels when parking downhill next to a curb?
To the right towards the curb
 
70    
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
 
71    
In city driving, a good habit is to:
Look ahead 12 seconds
 
72    
When approaching a railroad crossing with flashing lights:
Stop no closer than 15 feet of the nearest rail
 
73    
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
 
74    
Studies show that the greatest number of people arrested for drunk driving had been drinking what kind of alcoholic beverage?
Beer
 
75    
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
 
76    
You should always yield to:
Other vehicles already in the intersection, pedestrians and emergency vehicles
 
77    
If you want to return to the road from a dirt shoulder:
Slow down, then turn your wheels to climb the pavement edge
 
78    
An agricultural license allows the operation of a farm registered vehicle:
For agricultural use only
 
79    
To make a right turn you should:
Get in the right lane
 
80    
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
 
81    
Whether your blood alcohol content raises above legal limits depends on:
How fast you drank, your weight, how much you drank
 
82    
The best way to reduce your chances of having an alcohol related accident is:
Don’t drink and drive
 
83    
If you are arrested for drunk driving in New Jersey, your chances of being convicted are:
96%
 
84    
Drugs that may affect basic driving skills are:
Cold medicines, tranquilizers, and some prescription drugs
 
85    
Driving while under the influence of intoxicated beverages means:
The driver shows obvious signs of being drunk
 
86    
When blood/alcohol content reaches 0.15%, your chances of getting into a serious/fatal accident will increase:
25 times
 
87    
What is “Habitual Offender”?
Any person whose license has been suspended 3 times within 3 years
 
88    
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
 
89    
In NJ, you must always keep to which side of the road (except when passing)?
Right
 
90    
With a blood alcohol concentration of .05 – .08%:
You may or may not be under the influence
 
91    
With a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more:
You are definitely under the influence (regardless of age)
 
92    
New Jersey licensed drivers have an eyesight recheck every:
10 years
 
93    
What is a good rule of thumb in adjusting to traffic?
Try to adjust your speed to the flow of traffic
 
94    
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
 
95    
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
 
96    
What does hydroplaning mean?
Losing the tire grip on wet roads and riding on a film of water
 
97    
What is an uncontrolled intersection?
An intersection where there’s no traffic signals or signs
 
98    
When should you dim your headlights?
In city driving and when following or meeting another vehicle within 500 feet
 
99    
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
 
100    
You must stop at least _ feet from a school bus with its red lights on?
25
 
101    
What is the name of the distance that the car travels while the brakes are being applied?
Braking distance
 
102    
Dates for studded tires on New Jersey roadways are?
November 15th to April 1st
 
103    
Information signs are what color?
Blue or green
 
104    
What should you do if a traffic light is not working?
Slow down, yield to traffic, and proceed when safe
 
105    
Depth perception means the same as:
Distance judgment
 
106    
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
 
107    
You can practice driving with a valid special learners permit (for a 16 year old):
Between 5:01 am and 11 P.M.
 
108    
You must be at least _ years old to register a motor vehicle?
17
 
109    
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
 
110    
NJ issues a _ year basic license?
4
 
111    
It is important to slow down:
On narrow roads, at intersections or railroad crossings,and when the road is wet or slippery
 
112    
Vehicle stopping distances never depend on:
Time of day
 
113    
The best way to take a curve is to:
Slow down before entering the curve
 
114    
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
 
115    
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
 
116    
When it is legal to make a right turn on red, you must:
Make a full stop and check traffic
 
117    
What is a good form of I.D. to bring to the Permit test?
Original Birth Certificate (county issued, with the raised seal)
 
118    
You can get alcohol out of your blood by:
Time. The more you wait, the less the influence.
 
119    
The position of the hands on the steering wheel are:
At 9 and 3 o’clock
 
120    
The definition of a blind spot is:
Area which cannot be seen in the outside mirror(s)
 
121    
The inspection sticker on a new vehicle is good for:
24 months
 
122    
At what age can a high school student with a valid learner’s permit take commercial driving lessons?
16 years
 
123    
What is the penalty for not having your insurance card with you?
Fine up to $100
 
124    
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
 
125    
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
 
126    
Some signs of alcohol impairment are usually:
Swerving, going too fast or slow
 
127    
What is the penalty for driving a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker?
Fine,arrest and registration revocation
 
128    
On a three lane road, the center lane is used for:
Left turns
 
129    
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
 
130    
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
 
131    
An articulated license allows you to operate what?
Vehicles of 18,000 lbs or more, joined by a coupling device
 
132    
How long do you have to report a change in address on a NJ license?
1 week
 
133    
What would indicate that a tire has been habitually over-inflated?
Wear on the center of the tire
 
134    
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
 
135    
A check point for parallel parking is:
Rear bumper opposite rear bumper of car parked in front of desired space
 
136    
If your car breaks down on an expressway, the first thing you should do is:
Try to pull off the road safely
 
137    
To drive a tractor trailer in NJ what type of license must you obtain?
Articulated Vehicle license, or CDL
 
138    
If you run off the pavement, the first thing you should do is:
Slow down and turn back onto the pavement slowly
 
139    
The implied consent law means:
Driver agrees to take a breath test
 
140    
Most fatal accidents are due to?
Innatentiveness
 
141    
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
 
142    
The term one car length for each 10 mph is used to describe:
Following distance
 
143    
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
 
144    
When you buy a used car which has an expired inspection sticker, the car must be inspected within:
Two weeks
 
145    
What indicates under-inflated tires?
Excessive wear on the edges of the tires
 
146    
How long do you have to report a name change to the DMV?
2 weeks
 
147    
If a collision is impossible to avoid, you can lessen the impact by:
Steering away from objects that do not give way
 
148    
Hand signals:
Are the same for all states
 
149    
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
 
150    
Failure to give consent to be tested for alcohol consumption (the implied consent law) is punishable by:
6 months suspension of driving privileges
 
151    
In adverse weather conditions, the stopping distance of a truck increases by :
25 percent
 
152    
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.
 
153    
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
 
154    
If a traffic light is hanging horizontally, which side is the red on?
the left
 
155    
A provisional license is good for:
1 year
 
156    
A basic license is good for:
four years
 
157    
The bac level for over 21 is:
.08
for under 21: .01 (i.e. anything)
 
158    
To avoid a $25 charge when purchasing a used car:
transfer title within 10 business days of sale
 
159    
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
 
160    
To avoid highway hypnosis:
avoid looking at any one thing for more than a few seconds at a time
 
161    
Anyone over 21 must wait to take their road test (after passing the written test):
3 months
 
162    
Move to the extreme right for any emergency vehicle
 
 
163    
You know you are in the blind spot of a truck in front of you if:
you can’t see him in his mirror
 
164    
One of the main things to look out for when dealing with a truck is:
Their blind spot
 
165    
A car seat should be placed in the back seat in the middle, not in the front.
 
 
166    
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.
 
167    
For someone over 21, the GDL time restrictions are waived.
 
168    
The standard accident prevention “formula” is: Be alert, Be prepared, Act in time.
 
169    
The standard fine for a GDL infraction is $100.
 
170    
A “learner’s” or “student” permit, refers to a permit for a 16 year old.
 
171    
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.
 
172    
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
 
173    
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.
 
174    
You must be careful to stop for bicyclists and pedestrians?
as directed by law, when they are in a crosswalk
 
175    
If a driver is 21 or older, are they subject to the GDL time restrictions?
No
 
176    
Is driving a privilege or a right?
Driving is a privilege.