Washington DMV Practice Test
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Drive as closely as possible to the center of the road.
Turn off your headlights.
Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
Follow other vehicles closely to get a better traction.
Question 1 Explanation:
As you drive, watch for shady spots, bridges and overpasses since these places freeze first and dry out last.
Alcohol decreases the depressant effects of tranquilizers and barbiturates.
Alcohol does not affect perception and emotional state.
Alcohol is the most important cause of death in car accidents.
Alcohol can help drivers stay awake and active for long stretches of time.
Question 2 Explanation:
Alcohol is the most important cause of fatal car accidents. Approximately 40 percent of all traffic deaths involve alcohol. One person dies every half hour and one person is injured every two minutes, because someone was drinking and driving.
Railroad advance warning signs.
School advance and school crossing signs.
Question 3 Explanation:
Circular (round) signs mean you are approaching a railroad crossing.
Insist on the right-of-way.
Turn your head to look quickly to the side before changing lanes.
Enter at or near the speed of traffic.
Question 4 Explanation:
When you merge with traffic, signal and enter at the same speed that traffic is moving. Check your blind spots. Note that this question asked what you should not do.
Is required to stop at all railroad crossings.
Is transporting a hazardous load.
Is longer than normal.
Is moving slower than normal.
Question 5 Explanation:
A reflective orange triangle on the rear of a vehicle means it is traveling less than 25 mph. You may see this decal on construction equipment and in rural areas on farm vehicles, horse drawn wagons, or carriages.
To the left.
It depends on which lane you are turning from.
To the right.
Question 6 Explanation:
Keep your front wheels pointed straight ahead until you are actually going to make the left turn. This prevents you from being pushed into oncoming traffic if another vehicle crashes into you from behind.
A red light showing from the front.
A bell, siren, or exhaust whistle.
Running board courtesy lights.
Question 7 Explanation:
Windshield wiper is required equipment. A bell, siren, or exhaust whistle is not allowed. A red light showing from the front is not allowed. Running board courtesy lights are optional equipment.
If you are under age 21 and being arrested with a BAC of .02 or more, it will result in an administrative license suspension for:
Question 8 Explanation:
Some penalties for drinking and driving come just from being arrested. If it is your first arrest within seven years and the breath or blood test result shows a BAC of .08 or more (.02 if you are under age 21), your license will be suspended for 90 days. You may be able to get a restricted license. You will only be allowed to operate vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device. Before the penalties go into effect, you may request a hearing.
30 feet or more.
More than 20 feet.
At least 25 feet.
Question 9 Explanation:
Do not park within 20 feet of a pedestrian safety zone.
A passenger car.
A police car.
A station wagon.
Question 10 Explanation:
You should allow extra space when following a motorcycle. If the motorcycle should fall, you need extra distance to avoid the rider. The chances of a fall are greatest on wet or icy roads, gravel roads or metal surfaces such as bridges, gratings, or streetcar or railroad tracks.
When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a four-lane roadway, you must:
Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, if possible.
Keep your speed, and avoid stopping.
Turn on your headlights.
Question 11 Explanation:
By law, you must proceed with caution and, if reasonable, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change or moving away from the lane or shoulder occupied by the stationary authorized emergency vehicle or police vehicle.
Brake firmly and look for an escape route on the right edge of the road.
Tap the horn and steer straight ahead until the other driver return to the proper lane.
Go to the left, if that part of the road is free of traffic.
Question 12 Explanation:
Use your horn to attract attention and brake firmly. If the other driver does not move over, try to escape to the right, if possible. If you swerve left and the other driver corrects at the last instant, you will still crash.
Extend left arm horizontally.
Extend left arm, with elbow bent upward.
Extend left arm downward, with palm of hand to the rear.
Extend left arm and move it up and down.
Question 13 Explanation:
Right turn - left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle
Making a U-turn at the intersection is not allowed.
You must not drive into a street in the direction you are going.
Turning left at the intersection is prohibited.
You are driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
Question 14 Explanation:
No U-Turn. This sign means that you are not allowed to make a U-turn.
Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when you see a truck with hazardous load at a railroad crossing?
The truck will stop at the crossing.
The truck will drive slower when crossing the railroad.
You should never cross within 500 feet of the truck.
The truck needs more space when crossing a railroad.
Question 15 Explanation:
Vehicles required to come to a stop at railroad crossings include: transit buses, school buses, and vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
To alert blind pedestrians of your presence
Before slowing down or stopping in a dangerous situation (emergency stop).
To show other drivers that they made a mistake.
When necessary to avoid accidents.
Question 16 Explanation:
You should use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation and avoid accidents. If there is no immediate danger, a light tap on the horn should be all you need. If there is an immediate danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. There are, however, several occasions when you should not use your horn. They include: Encouraging someone to drive faster or get out of the way. Letting other drivers know they made a mistake. Greeting a friend. Around blind pedestrians. Passing bicyclists. When approaching horses.
Divided highway ahead.
Traffic must merge right.
Question 17 Explanation:
Two-Way Traffic sign. The sign warns that the road changes from a multi-lane roadway to a two-lane, two-way section. It is also used along such a road.
Question 18 Explanation:
The law says who must yield the right-of-way, it does not give anyone the right-of-way.
Only at daytime.
When conditions permit you to drive at such a speed safely.
Under all circumstances.
Only on divided highways, or highways designed for one-way traffic.
Question 19 Explanation:
Remember, speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. If the road is wet or icy, if you cannot see well, or if traffic is heavy, then you must slow down. Even if you are driving under the posted speed limit, you can get a ticket for traveling too fast under these conditions.
To the left
To the right
On either side
Question 20 Explanation:
The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to which the traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Conversely, stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.
Within 30 days.
Within one week.
Within three months.
When your out-of-state license expires
Question 21 Explanation:
You must get a Washington State driver license within 30 days of becoming a resident.
White solid lines.
Question 22 Explanation:
Yellow lines mark the center of a road used for two-way traffic. Broken yellow lines indicate that passing is permitted.
There is an emergency vehicle crossing your lane.
There are no pedestrians crossing.
You are turning left into a one-way street.
You cannot stop safely.
Question 23 Explanation:
A steady yellow traffic light means caution, the traffic light is about to change to red. Remember, you must stop if it is safe to do so. If you are in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop but continue through the intersection.
Two-Way traffic ahead.
Divided highway ends ahead.
Question 24 Explanation:
Merging Traffic sign. You are approaching a point where other traffic lanes come together with your lane. Watch for traffic from that direction.
Question 25 Explanation:
Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied by a directional message if used at intersections.
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