QUIZ: Don’t Get Behind The Wheel If You Can’t Pass This Driver’s Test

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There are 210 million licensed drivers in the United States alone and every one of them had to pass an exam to legally get behind the wheel. Having a driver’s license is a privilege, but just because you know how to drive doesn’t necessarily mean you know all of the rules of the road. While every state has slightly different driving laws, we’ve gathered a list of general and more challenging questions all drivers should know. Click start and see if you know what you’re doing behind the wheel, or if you should start taking the shoelace express instead.

Unless posted otherwise, what is the speed limit on the freeway/interstate in most states?

Retry Correct Incorrect Although speed limits in the United States vary depending on each state, the average speed limit on a freeway is 65 miles per hour unless otherwise noted. Be sure to pay attention to signage, as speeds can fluctuate even on the same stretch of freeway.
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Unless posted otherwise, what is the speed limit on the freeway/interstate in most states?

  • 55 miles per hour
  • 70 miles per hour
  • 65 miles per hour
  • 60 miles per hour
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Which one of these colors is not used for permanent informational signs on roads and freeways?

Retry Correct Incorrect Orange signs are not true established informational signs. They are temporary and are simply used as guidelines depending on the situation. Permanent regulations (such as speed limit) will usually be posted on black-and-white signs.
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Which one of these colors is not used for permanent informational signs on roads and freeways?

  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Brown
3%

If a green light turns yellow, what is the appropriate way to respond?

Retry Correct Incorrect There are a couple of different ways a driver can handle a yellow light. You can either slowly approach the intersection and stop or you may proceed to cautiously pass through the intersection depending on the situation.
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Scott Olson/Getty Images

If a green light turns yellow, what is the appropriate way to respond?

  • Speed up to make it through the intersection
  • Slam on your brakes
  • Slowly come to a stop at the intersection; if you can’t safely stop, cautiously proceed through the intersection
  • Pull onto the shoulder of the road
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When is it acceptable to drive faster than the speed limit?

Retry Correct Incorrect Under no circumstances are you ever allowed to drive over the speed limit. It is a danger not only to yourself but to pedestrians and other drivers on the road.
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Matt Cardy/Getty Images

When is it acceptable to drive faster than the speed limit?

  • Never
  • When following an ambulance
  • To keep up with the flow of traffic
  • In an emergency
8%

When is it legal to turn right on a red light?

Retry Correct Incorrect Essentially, you can turn right on a red light after coming to a complete stop as long as you aren’t instructed otherwise. But be careful and make sure you double check that the road is clear!
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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

When is it legal to turn right on a red light?

  • At any intersection
  • As long as there isn’t a “No Turn On Red” sign posted
  • At a three-way intersection
  • Never
10%

When can you drive in the HOV lane?

Retry Correct Incorrect High-occupancy vehicle lanes are meant for vehicles carrying two or more passengers. Motorcyclists and single-occupant green vehicles (hybrids and electric cars) are permitted as well. Some commute-weary people have resorted to putting dummies in their passenger seats in order to use the HOV lanes. This is not legal.
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Frances M. Ginter/Getty Images

When can you drive in the HOV lane?

  • When driving a large truck
  • When driving with two or more passengers
  • Anytime
  • After rush hour
13%

How many feet before you turn should you use your turn signal?

Retry Correct Incorrect You should turn on your blinker at least 100 feet before you make a turn. This way the other drivers around you can anticipate your next move. Some states require you signal 200 feet before you turn.
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Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

How many feet before you turn should you use your turn signal?

  • 25 feet
  • 10 feet
  • 50 feet
  • 100 feet
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How many seconds should you distance yourself from other cars on a two-way highway?

Retry Correct Incorrect Generally, there should be a three-second gap between you and the car in front of you when are driving on a two-way highway. This is known as the “three-second rule” and will give you ample time to avoid a hazard.
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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How many seconds should you distance yourself from other cars on a two-way highway?

  • 15 seconds
  • 3 seconds
  • 5 seconds
  • 10 seconds
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This is the only state that doesn’t have mandatory seat belt laws.

Retry Correct Incorrect While New Hampshire requires drivers and passengers under 18 to wear seat belts, adults aren’t required to. This issue affects auto insurance rates in the state, as the hospitilization costs for those opting not to wear belts is much higher in the case of an accident.
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This is the only state that doesn’t have mandatory seat belt laws.

  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
20%

How should an infant be secured in a vehicle?

Retry Correct Incorrect Having an infant in the back seat facing the rear of the car is the safest position for them for numerous different accident scenarios. This procedure should be followed at all times.

How should an infant be secured in a vehicle?

  • Front seat, facing the rear
  • Back seat, facing the rear
  • Front seat, facing forward
  • Back seat, facing forward
23%

What does this sign mean?

Retry Correct Incorrect Orange signs on the road mean that there is construction ahead. This particular sign means that there are construction workers on the side of the road and to be extra cautious.
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Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

What does this sign mean?

  • There is construction ahead
  • A tire changing station is ahead
  • There is a broken pipe
  • A gas station is ahead
25%

Even if not posted, what is the maximum speed limit in a school zone?

Retry Correct Incorrect This varies, but 15 or 25 miles per hour is the typical maximum speed in a school zone for most states. Extra precaution should always be taken in school zones.
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L. Willinger/FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Even if not posted, what is the maximum speed limit in a school zone?

  • 35 – 45 miles per hour
  • 45 – 55 miles per hour
  • 0 miles per hour
  • 15 – 25 miles per hour
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Retry Correct Incorrect Traffic fines are doubled if they occur in a construction zone in hopes to make people even more cautious when driving around workers or dangerous areas. This is the case in almost every part of the country.
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Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
  • They are quadrupled
  • They stay the same
  • They are doubled
  • You are arrested
30%

What should you do if you encounter a blinking red light at an intersection?

Retry Correct Incorrect If you come to an intersection and the stop lights are blinking red, you may still use the intersection. Just proceed as you would if the lights were stop signs at a four-way stop.
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What should you do if you encounter a blinking red light at an intersection?

  • Drive right through it
  • Find another route
  • Approach it like a yellow light
  • Treat it as a stop sign
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If two cars come to a stop at a four-way intersection, who has the right of way?

Retry Correct Incorrect The driver to the right always has the right of way unless they allow the other drivers to go for whatever reason. Remember to use your turn signals at an intersection. It’s basic traffic courtesy.
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Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

If two cars come to a stop at a four-way intersection, who has the right of way?

  • The biggest car
  • The car to the left
  • The car to the right
  • Nobody
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What does a double yellow line with black in the middle mean?

Retry Correct Incorrect On a two-way road meant for two-way traffic like this one, a double yellow line with black in the middle means that it is a no passing zone. When a solid and a broken yellow line are together, you cannot pass if you are driving next to the solid line.
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What does a double yellow line with black in the middle mean?

  • You may not pass
  • No curves in the road
  • No bicyclists allowed
  • You can drive in either lane
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If you are driving well under the speed limit in normal conditions you are…

Retry Correct Incorrect Driving well under the speed limit when it’s unnecessary can be extremely dangerous because you are disrupting the flow of traffic. Slower drivers should always stay in the right lanes.
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LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

If you are driving well under the speed limit in normal conditions you are…

  • Being environmentally friendly
  • Protecting other drivers
  • Increasing the chance of an accident
  • Decreasing the chance of an accident
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What does it mean if a curb is painted white?

Retry Correct Incorrect A white painted curb means that you can either pick up or drop off passengers for a short amount of time. Mail trucks are also allowed to stop in order to make deliveries.
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Evening Standard/Getty Images

What does it mean if a curb is painted white?

  • Loading and unloading of passengers and mail deliveries
  • 15-minute parking
  • No stopping
  • Reserved
43%

When are the roads most slippery?

Retry Correct Incorrect The road is the most slippery after the first rainfall following a dry spell because the moisture mixes with the oil that has yet to be washed away, causing slick conditions.

When are the roads most slippery?

  • After a light snow
  • Temperatures under 30 degrees
  • After morning fog
  • First rainfall after a dry spell
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When parking next to a curb, how far away should your car be from the curb?

Retry Correct Incorrect Your car should be around 12 inches from the curb but no more. At this safe distance, other cars are able to comfortably drive by while your car is parked.
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J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When parking next to a curb, how far away should your car be from the curb?

  • 24 inches
  • 12 inches
  • 18 inches
  • 20 inches
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How fast should you go when driving in a roundabout?

Retry Correct Incorrect When going through a roundabout, it’s appropriate to drive around 15 miles an hour considering the hard turn your car is making as well as going with the flow of traffic.
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Alain LE BOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

How fast should you go when driving in a roundabout?

  • 15 miles per hour
  • 30 miles per hour
  • 45 miles per hour
  • 5 miles per hour
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What do you do if you hear a siren of any kind?

Retry Correct Incorrect If you hear an emergency vehicle or a police siren from any direction you must slow and move over as far as you can to the right until they have passed.

What do you do if you hear a siren of any kind?

  • Pull over and get out of your car
  • Drive to try and get away from it
  • Pull over as far to the right as possible and engage your parking brake
  • Stop exactly where you are
53%

What is the closest you can you legally park next to a fire hydrant?

Retry Correct Incorrect It’s illegal to park closer than 15 feet away from a fire hydrant. This is so firefighters have easy access if they need to use the hydrant. In some areas, local authorities have changed this distance is 10 feet. There will be plenty of clear signage to let you know if this is the case.
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Education Images/Citizens of the Planet/UIG via Getty Images

What is the closest you can you legally park next to a fire hydrant?

  • 30 feet
  • 50 feet
  • 15 feet
  • 25 feet
55%

When do pedestrians have the right of way?

Retry Correct Incorrect Pedestrians always have the right of way no matter what situation. Even if the pedestrian is doing something wrong it is still a motor vehicle operator’s responsibility to watch out for them.
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AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

When do pedestrians have the right of way?

  • On weekends
  • Always
  • Never
  • When they’re crossing the street
58%

If someone blows a ____ or higher when given a breathalyzer test, they’re considered too drunk to drive.

Retry Correct Incorrect Driving with blood alcohol concentration of 0.8% or above is considered drunk driving and can result in arrest and a DUI. All 50 states in the U.S. have this limit.
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

If someone blows a ____ or higher when given a breathalyzer test, they’re considered too drunk to drive.

  • 0.01 %
  • 0.25 %
  • 0.08 %
  • 0.06 %
60%

What is the legal blood alcohol concentration to drive a car if you’re under 21?

Retry Correct Incorrect Drivers under 21 may not have any alcohol in their system while they are behind the wheel of a car. Interesting: 45 states have circumstantial exceptions to allow for the underage consumption of alcohol.
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What is the legal blood alcohol concentration to drive a car if you’re under 21?

  • 0.1 %
  • 0.5 %
  • 0.2 %
  • 0.0 %
63%

What does a red curb mean?

Retry Correct Incorrect Red-painted curbs are reserved for the police and other emergency vehicles. It’s illegal to block them in any way, especially with your car. You can’t even leave your car running in these areas “just for a second.”
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Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

What does a red curb mean?

  • School bus parking
  • 30-minute parking
  • No parking, stopping or standing
  • Slow down
65%

If you’re on the highway going 10 miles under the speed limit, which lane should you be in?

Retry Correct Incorrect If you’re going slower than the flow of traffic you need to be in the farthest lane on the right. This is also true if there are emergency vehicles trying to make their way through traffic.
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ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images

If you’re on the highway going 10 miles under the speed limit, which lane should you be in?

  • Middle
  • Far left
  • Far right
  • Doesn’t matter
68%

When should you use your car horn?

Retry Correct Incorrect Although the horn is ready and available, it should only be used when absolutely necessary. Otherwise, it can confuse other drivers and cause an accident. In some areas, using your horn unnecessarily could land you with a fine!
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HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images

When should you use your car horn?

  • When you’re mad at somebody
  • To let people know you’re outside
  • Only when necessary, to avoid collisions
  • To make people go faster
70%

Unless told otherwise, what’s the speed limit in a residential neighborhood?

Retry Correct Incorrect In most states, in an area where there are a lot of pedestrians, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour unless otherwise noted. Be sure to pay close attention to speed limit signs (and to pedestrians!).
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David McNew/Getty Images

Unless told otherwise, what’s the speed limit in a residential neighborhood?

  • 15 miles per hour
  • 30 miles per hour
  • 25 miles per hour
  • 10 miles per hour
73%

If you encounter a flashing yellow light what should you do?

Retry Correct Incorrect Much like a yellow light, a blinking yellow light means to keep going through the intersection with caution. If the light is blinking red, you should treat it as a 4-way stop.
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Scott Olson/Getty Images

If you encounter a flashing yellow light what should you do?

  • Reduce speed and cautiously proceed through the intersection
  • Accelerate through the intersection
  • Come to a complete stop
  • Find a different route
75%

When is it legal to drive in a bicycle lane?

Retry Correct Incorrect While laws vary nationally, in most states, cars are not allowed to drive in a bike lane unless they are making a right turn. In these situations, it’s important to be very careful and check for bicyclists.
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Robert Alexander/Getty Images

When is it legal to drive in a bicycle lane?

  • It’s always legal
  • If you’re making a right turn
  • For 10 feet
  • If you have a small car
78%

What does an open green light mean if you’re turning left?

Retry Correct Incorrect If you’re turning left and there’s an open green light (rather than an arrow) it means that you don’t have the right of way. You must yield to oncoming cars before turning left.

What does an open green light mean if you’re turning left?

  • To stop
  • That you have the right of way
  • To yield
  • To speed up
80%

What should you not do when merging onto the freeway?

Retry Correct Incorrect You never want to slow down when you’re merging onto the freeway. This could disrupt the flow of traffic and create a dangerous situation. Be sure to use your turn signal.

What should you not do when merging onto the freeway?

  • Speed up to merge
  • Check your mirrors
  • Turn on your blinker
  • Slow down in order to merge
83%

What does a yellow curb mean?

Retry Correct Incorrect Only vehicles with a commercial license plate are allowed to stop at yellow curbs if they are loading or unloading passengers. They may remain on the yellow curb for a maximum of 30 minutes unless otherwise noted.
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Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

What does a yellow curb mean?

  • Weekend access only
  • Police only
  • Passenger and freight loading
  • Used for package delivery
85%

When parked on a flat surface, your wheels should be…

Retry Correct Incorrect When parked on a flat surface, your wheels should always remain straight. That way when you get in the car and accelerate you won’t go directly onto the sidewalk or the street.
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In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images

When parked on a flat surface, your wheels should be…

  • Turned to the right
  • Turned to the left
  • Straight
  • It doesn’t matter
88%

Which one of these activities is illegal to do while driving (in most states)?

Retry Correct Incorrect In the majority of states it is illegal to drive with both headphones in because it may prevent you from hearing noises like emergency sirens, cars honking, or any other dangers.
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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Which one of these activities is illegal to do while driving (in most states)?

  • Drink a soda
  • Eat a snack
  • Drive with headphones
  • Have all of your windows down
90%

When parking uphill, you should…

Retry Correct Incorrect This question throws a lot of people off. But it’s safer to park with your wheels turned to the left. That way, if your transmission gives out, your car will roll into the curb and stop itself instead of rolling down the hill.
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Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images

When parking uphill, you should…

  • Park on the shoulder with your wheels pointed straight
  • Park on the shoulder and turn your wheels all the way to the left
  • Park on the shoulder with your wheels turned all the way to the right
  • You should never park uphill
93%

When driving in light rain, you should…

Retry Correct Incorrect If it’s even raining a little bit, it’s crucial to use your low beams during the day and at night so people can see where your car is in the rain and you can see theirs. Driving with your high-beams unnecessarily can impair other drivers.
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Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

When driving in light rain, you should…

  • Use your low beams during the day and at night
  • Use your low beams during the day and high beams at night
  • Use your high beams during the day and at night
  • Only use your low beams at night
95%

Which is not true about carrier trucks?

Retry Correct Incorrect Large trucks don’t have to go slower than the cars around them. However, they do have to abide by the special truck speed limits. Fact: in 2004, there were 4,862 large (10,000 lbs or more) carrier trucks involved in fatal crashes.
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Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Which is not true about carrier trucks?

  • They required a special license to operate
  • They make wide turns
  • They are required to go slower than the other cars around them
  • They take longer to stop than a regular car
98%

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Please don’t go anywhere near the driver’s seat anytime soon! Are you a new driver? You might need to study a little more. Good job! You know your stuff! Nice! You’re clearly comfortable behind the wheel!
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