Learners permit test questions & answers

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    Learners permit test questions & answers

    A learners permit test is a written, multiple choice exam that determines if a new driver has a general understanding of the rules of the road that will enable them to practice driving in a safe manner. Although the format of permit tests vary from state to state, they generally test for the same basic information. Knowing what to expect and taking a practice test is the best way to ensure that your knowledge matches what is expected on the test.

    Take your learners permit test at the DMV. (David McNew/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

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    Road Signs

    Q: What is the meaning of a yellow sign (any shape)? A: Yellow is used for all warning signs. This group includes signs for turns and curves, intersections, lanes ending, and pavement condition indicators. Q: What is the meaning of an orange sign (any shape)? A: Orange signs are used in and around construction sites. Drivers should exercise special caution and watch for workers. If a traffic controller is present, their directions take the place of all posted signs.

    Yellow road sign (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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    Vehicle Safety

    Q: What must be done before you begin to operate your vehicle? A: Before starting your engine, it is necessary to ensure that all occupants of the vehicle are wearing their seat belts, that all mirrors are visible to the driver, and that all children are properly restrained in approved child seats. Q: What are the best lights to use when driving in a heavy fog? A: When driving in fog can't be avoided, it is best to use a vehicle's low beams, NOT the fog lights only.

    Fasten your seat belt (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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    Q: When should you begin signalling a turn? A: All turns should be signalled by use of the directional lights or hand signals at least 100 feet before an intersection. Q: What is the best way to judge whether you are looking far enough ahead in the direction you are driving? A: Smooth driving is the best way to tell that you are looking far enough ahead. Failing to see the road ahead will usually result in quick stops and should be avoided. Q: What must you do when you see a circular sign? A: Circular signs of any colour are always used to indicate railroad crossings. Special rules, including reduced speed limits, must be followed in the presence of round signs.

    Railroad crossing (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Driving at Night

    Q: When should you use your headlights? A: Headlights should be used any time it becomes necessary to make sure your vehicle is visible to other drivers. This included from one hour before sunset to one hour after sunrise, as well as during rain or fog and on overcast days. Q: Should you change your following distance when driving at night? A: Yes. Reduced visibility at night means you should increase your following distance, since it will be harder to see if the car in front of you stops suddenly and you will require more time to react.

    Driving at night (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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    Q: What is the maximum legally allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) for motor vehicle operators? A: The answer to this question varies from state to state, but is usually between .08 per cent and .10 per cent. Some states also have a zero tolerance policy for drivers below the age of 21 or commercial drivers. Q: What are the possible penalties for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) charge? A: The penalty for a first offence can range from a fine to jail time or a revocation of a license. Second offences are even more harsh and may carry vary large fines, mandatory jail time, and a probationary period or suspended license.

    Know the penalties for a DWI or DUI (Doug Menuez/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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