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North Carolina DMV Driver’s License Test Study Guide

It’s funny when you get it… This study guide used to be found on a few websites for free, but now most of them want to charge you for it…if you can find it at all (which is absurd given that this is nothing more than a word-for-word transcription of parts of the NC DMV Driver’s Handbook). If you’re needing to take the NC DMV driver’s license exam and you’ve stumbled across this post, you’re in luck! I printed the list out a while back when I took the test (back when this info could be found for free) and I just so happened to find the crinkly old piece of paper the other day. I figured it’s a darn good study guide for a test that can throw some crazy curve balls when it comes to questions related to a driver’s skill and knowledge (in my humble opinion). That said, there are some good questions that make you think–and we could absolutely use some more drivers on the road that can think! That leads me to my point of posting this info… Some may get mad and think I’m posting a cheat sheet to the driver’s test and subverting the purpose of testing drivers. Others may be looking for a lazy way out of testing and want all of the answers without studying. I can see all sides of the equation and my take on it is that this is nothing more than a piece of the pie of becoming a NC licensed driver. For brand new drivers (never licensed anywhere else or just turned 16), there’s still much more to becoming licensed than this test. For those who’ve been licensed somewhere else (for instance, someone that just moved to NC but had a driver’s license in their former state), they’ve been through the motions and have hopefully proven that they know the basics of driving–something that this guide is not going to help anyone pass or fake! Even if this guide is committed to memory, the reader is learning something. I’m willing to bet a few of these examples will stick in your mind for a long time to come! So without further ado… In densely packed snow you should use chains or snow tires. If you must drive during heavy snow or fog, use your low-beam headlights. Alcohol-related highway deaths account for 38% of all traffic fatalities. If you accumulate 7 or more points on your traffic record you may attend a Driver Improvement Clinic to deduct three points from your driving record.

you should be alert for drivers who make quick stops. If you take any medication before you drive. For any underage person who aids or abets another attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage. you should carry or wear something white Use high beams when driving on a highway and no car is approaching Slippery roads are most likely to occur when it has just begun to drizzle or rain When traveling behind a farm vehicle on a two-lane road wait until the farm vehicle has the chance to pull over to the side. farm equipment usually travels at its maximum speed of 15-20 mph. If you experience a breakdown. There is also a visual test where you will be asked to identify common traffic signs by their shape and color only (see the NC DMV driver’s handbook for a guide to this). If you are planning a long road trip. you should stop and rest When taking a long trip. pay a restoration fee. (there has been some question to this one…research on your own!) School buses are required to stop at all railroad crossings. If you run off the side of the road. you should continue to the next intersection. When driving down a very steep hill. When three vehicles reach a 4-way stop at the same. they might show you a red octagon and you must identify it as a stop sign. gently apply the brakes “Don’t hang out in the No zone” refers to not be in truckers’ blind spots When approaching a railroad crossing slow down and prepare to stop If you pull up to a red arrow. To maintain a safe driving distance between your car and the car in front of you. and reapply for a license. the speed limit in cities and towns is 35 miles per hour. The most common type of accident on a highway is a rear-end collision When driving behind someone you should not use your high beams To dry wet brakes. you should find out what effect the medicine has. you can turn right on red after stopping and making sure that the turn can be made safely. If you are driving into a circle you should yield to cars already in the circle. If going 45 miles per hour. For example. you should call a law enforcement officer. there may be a problem with the suspension system. Here are a few other examples: A blank white square with black border: Speed Limit . the turning lane is the only lane that should stop if you are a pedestrian walking along side the road at night. you should use the two-second rule. how far ahead should you signal before turning? 200 ft. you should move your car off of the road. Truckers have serious blind spots into which cars can disappear from view.The traffic conviction that adds the highest number of points (5) to your driving record is passing a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. Unless there is a sign indicating no turn on red. you should stop and rest every 100 miles. Before passing another vehicle. the right of way belongs to the car on the right. When aproaching a road that is blocked from view you should stop and proceed with caution. the law requires a one-year driver license revocation.08 percent. Defensive drivers check their rear view mirror and side mirrors roughly every 10 seconds. you should plan to stop and rest every 100 miles If you are following a car at night. leans heavily to one side during a turn or seems to bounce continuously. If you are in a crash. you should shift into a lower gear to control your speed. To have a revoked driver license restored. you should gradually take your foot off the gas pedal. “Secondary roads” are roads where hills are more likley to be more steep and curves are likely to be more sharp than on primary roads. When travelling on rural highways. In city traffic. Unless otherwise posted. you must visit a driver license office. how do you know if the road is bumpy? You watch the tail-lights. If you plan to turn and are not in the proper lane to do so. If a vehicle sways freely. you should look ahead to ensure that there is enough room for you to pass. then pass with caution Large trucks (tractor trailers) have large blind spots to the side and rear When preparing to make a right-hand turn turn on your turn signal and approach the right-hand side of the road A “shoulder check” is a quick glance over your shoulder on the side in which you intend to turn or change lanes When you get tired on a long trip. then turn. Your license will be revoked immediately if your blood alcohol concentration is at least 0.

5hrs). The answers to the questions in my test are right here. Joy says: April 18. KK says: April 23. 2013 at 5:40 pm Took the test a couple of hours ago. I have been driving for more years than I care to mention. 2013 at 7:29 am Took the test yesterday after reviewing this page! Right on with this info! I got all the questions correct. 2013 at 1:47 pm Found this website literally a few hours before I had to take the test. now my stepson can also ace his exam. passed the test 20/20 (skipped 5) within 15 minutes. but this is all need it to know. Pulled it up on my phone while in the waiting room (total wait time about 1. 2013 at 12:00 pm This totally Helped me I just took my test today and am now a licensed driver!!!!! Only thing I messed up on were the signs!!!! The three with no workds . nc dmv. Railroad Crossing in a Circle and a NO passing zone!!!! Kevin W says: April 29. The one I missed was due to one reader stated that the answer to refusing the breath test was 6 months.ncdot. 2013 at 5:50 pm Thanks to you I Passed The Writing Testt Thanks steve Dana says: April 25. THANK YOU for the guide and all the readers that added to the guide! Mechbrain says: April 15. 20 out of 20 in 4 minutes! T says: April 10. That would be INCORRECT. pointing to the right: No passing sign A yellow circle with a large X in it extending to the sides of the circle: Railroad crossing Inverted red triangle with a white center: Yield For more info. study guide 95 Comments » Nat says: April 9. School ZOne . The answer is currently 12 months – so watch out for that one. Share this: Written by Steve in: Blogs of Wisdom | Tags: driver's license. This guide had about 70% of the questions the test .An orange triangle on its side. I took several exams on-line and also read the manual once.org/dmv/ UPDATE: The old online driving testing I had posted here previously is now inactive. Aced it! 20 out of 20. visit the NC DMV’s website at: http://www. 2013 at 2:37 pm As long as you remember that you are allowed to skip a few this guide still works to pass the test! I only missed one using this guide and never reading the manual – of course. 2013 at 9:18 pm Thanks to this website and you sharing your experience i passed my test with flying colors. Thanks a lot Steve.

And I didn’t even had to go Thru the book. they may be switched around but that’s it. 2013 at 5:28 pm I hadn’t looked at a study guide for the drivers test in well over a year I looked at your list 15 mins before I took the test and I didn’t miss a question. Tam says: May 29. 2013 at 3:19 pm I thank you so much!!! This website helped me out so much I passed missing only one can’t exactly remember the question. and skip the ones you don’t recognize you’ll pass for sure. which I didn’t pass I did see some questions from the study guide in the test before I failed. 2013 at 6:24 pm I wish I had known about this earlier before I took my test last week. Can anyone give me advice on what the second exam has? Are there some questions still the same or are they different? Michael says: May 21.. 2013 at 3:25 pm Thank you so much for this! I took my test today for the second time and I finally passed it!! Thank you so very much!!!! Heaven says: . Aced the first 20 questions of the test and passed.by then they said enough. Sure to pass this time around! Thanks a lot for getting the info together at one place! I was actually makes notes from the driver’s manual. I really appreciate it.. I passed with Flying colors.thanx so much for this guide. 2013 at 11:29 am The question are the same if you have to retake the test..passed with 100percent marks. when i casually googled and found yours! Brandon says: June 5. Thank you and I know I wouldn’t have passed without it!! Tymesha Spellman says: June 12. 2013 at 10:02 am Looked at this sheet for 10-15 minutes about 30 minutes before the test. Karen says: May 18.i had to attend only 20 questions. 2013 at 12:43 pm Today i attended the test.presented. rav says: May 1. 2013 at 7:23 pm Ty Steve. I’m getting prepared to take it for a second time. I most definitely have to share this website with others!!!! Karen says: June 12. If you memorize these. 2013 at 2:31 pm Thanks a lot! Flunked the first time .u r passed!!!. Remember these questions. bm says: June 4. I Personally feel very please with Ur add:) thanks to it. Thanks Steve~ Thelma Moya says: May 22.

. don’t forget to use the “skip this question option” in the test. This is recently verified and I believe addresses the question above in the main post. A non-commercial driver is intoxicated if blood alcohol level is 0. 2013 at 6:17 pm Thank you for the study guide. Drape your right arm across your seat..08%. 2013 at 1:34 pm Thank you!!! You are a rockstar for posting this study guide:) I did not read the manual. The testing system says the questions come back at the end of the test. (there has been some question to this one…research on your own!)” — This is incorrect. 2013 at 3:40 pm THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Look over your right shoulder to see where you’re going wrong answers might include using the rear view mirror If approaching an intersection and the light turns yellow you should? Stop immediately Wrong answers include proceed with caution and speed up.. if you don’t know press “skip. Thanks again!! Jim says: June 28. 2013 at 1:51 pm I’m 21 and really need to get my license in NC.i passed by the way only missed 1…also thank you for telling us that you can skip a question…REALLY HELPFUL Dre says: June 27. but as far as I can tell. A commercial driver is intoxicated if blood alcohol level is 0. Susan says: June 27. I would add. a new driver may need to be familiar with the book. i have test anxiety i am 70 years old have been driving all my life but just scared to death of tests…i needed this lift…there are so many questions that have nothing to do with road safety. I was taking the change of state test. can anyone tell me how the traffic sign test is conducted? carolyn messer says: June 21. In other words. I will paste and cut that here. “•If you are in a crash. When driving in reverse you should? Hold the wheel with one hand Place your left hand at the 12 o’clock position.04% 2 out 5 car accident deaths in cities are pedestrians. the testing system uses new questions. If you have an accident on the highway you should –> Notify law enforcement. Wrong answers would include — move car of to the side of the road and — notify your insurance company within one week. 2013 at 11:39 am Thanks! Passed test…20 out of 20 correct. .June 17. you should move your car off of the road.” I think 5 skips are allowed. just studied the above and road signs and nailed the test! I have been driving for many years though.

Thank you so much for this post. 2013 at 8:25 pm This sit is 100% help full! I didn’t pass yesterday. The ones you have skipped come back at the end. 2013 at 9:47 pm Steve. The ones I wasn’t so sure of I skipped. Examples include Stop sign (red octagon). 2013 at 9:14 am I just took the test and passed 100%.Signs: Sometimes they just show the outer shape of the sign without any symbol or lettering in it. yes I passed with perfect score!. K says: June 30. Aced it only missed one Question. The DMV book has a lot of info in it. 20 answered and all came from your list. speed limit. The 25 you get are the 25 you get. Thanks! Kelsey says: July 3. 2013 at 7:36 pm Huge help! Thanks so much! Clarification about skipping questions. Best Regards. unknown says: July 9. 2013 at 9:25 pm Took the test today. school zone (five sided yellow shape –rectangle with triangular top. should this be the only thing i have to study? please let me know ASAP since i am taking it tomorrow! thanks! Desiree says: July 1. 2013 at 1:44 am Which ones are the 25 questions? or is all of them on there? Stuart says: July 9. but with the help of this site i passed my permit test with a perfect score! Every statement above is what exactly will be on the test and thats all i had on mine! good luck! Ty says: July 5. but your study guide is simple and to the point. 2013 at 11:15 am God Bless You and thank you bro Carlos says: July 5. 2013 at 3:13 pm hey! i am taking the nc permit test tomorrow. I recently relocated to NC and was surprised to find I needed to take a written test. 20 questions asked. When you skip a question it does not go away – you are just delaying it. no passing (yellow triangle on its side). Neil says: July 12. Railroad crossing (round yellow circle. Thanks again !!! . I want to write you a quick thank you note for sharing your study guide! …I took the test and approximately 95% of the questions were from your study guide. PS. I greatly appreciate the time and care you took putting this study guide …as you can see many of us have benefited and I’d like to thank you for that. i am VERY nervous! besides the signs. Oh and the skip button really helped. Thanks.

Those questions as well as whats on here is really helpful to passing the test. It says that if you click on the DMV websight it doesn’t have the test anymore but it does.leonardo says: July 13. Mine where:Stop Light. 20/20. Then you go and take your computer test which is multiple ABC questions. so make sure you pay close attention and can recognize the signs. 2013 at 6:46 pm Thanks for the help! I passed “in record time” according to the dude there. 2013 at 4:18 pm I just wanted to thank you on this websight for all the good inform. and Railroad crossing. This is very helpful especially for those who do not have the time to read the whole dmv manual. I passed the test %100 it was great help Thanks again Andi says: July 29. Also. Just passed the test this weekend. I found that it is important to understand that you can skip a question. 2013 at 9:43 pm Information here is very very helpful. 2013 at 12:15 am Thank you Steve. Thanks to this sheet. as far as the signs test go — please make sure you look at the railway crossing and school signs. You will need to know the signs by their unique shapes. Didn’t have any of the ones that have any questions that would say D. 2013 at 10:00 am Hi. just A/B/C. and helpful hints and also the 2 test that you can practice on on here through the posts and also from the poster of this websight. It saved me hours of reading and stressing over the test. Thanks! Aseel says: July 29. I got 20/21. 2013 at 5:35 pm This cheat sheet is fantastic. I used one skip which was towards the end of my test and all of a sudden it said that I passed with a 80%. I was able to get my first 20 questions right and pass the test. Thanks so much for posting this…what an invaluable service to the community. I didn’t have any true or false. You start with your vision test and you read the top row a crossed and then the next rows are the signs that you verbally tell the agent at the DMV. The rest where easy bc they had writing on them to identify them but there where a few like: Hill. It pretty much covers all the questions on the test. You can only make 2 or 3 mistakes with the signs. Calvin says: July 28. yves says: August 2. 2013 at 1:39 am Hopefully i’ll pass mine i’m moving to NC soon but i have to take the test also even if i have a texas drivers’ license already i just wanna know is the written test the same as a new driver and a out of state license driver? and how hard is it? it’s been a while since i took mine if i study this will i be ok? thanks! Misty says: July 18. 2013 at 4:04 pm Thank you so much. This was a great sight!! Thanks again!! Sanjay V Rajan says: July 19. bhabync says: August 6. There are about 12 sign and the last 4 are the ones that have no writing on them. Yield. Merging Traffic etc that where on there but bc I had looked over the signs before coming in I didn’t miss one. You just need to scrolled down and click on DMV drivers sample test. They give you only the shape of the sign and ask you what it means. One person posted that when you skip it goes to the end and you have to retake those but that did not happen to me. School Crossing. None of the above. .

school zone. 6 normal and 3 blank. specially to those beginner or first timer like me. Jennifer says: August 12. 2013 at 5:28 pm Is these answers good if I take the learners permit bhabync says: August 9. I passed my test (4 wrong). 2013 at 5:38 pm WOOOO! I passed. 2013 at 9:04 pm Does anyone remember the main ones that are on the test? I’m taking it tomorrow and there’s so many I’m nervous and wanna know which ones to pay more attention too WOOOO says: August 19. 2013 at 5:49 pm Thanks for this list.2013 and super thank u Steve. Don’t forget there is a skip button in case you don’t know. Only point that was mentioned here that I got wrong was the one about the car involved in accident. son and I just relocated from Connecticut and had to take the test. Brooke says: August 13.(never drive & test exam in my life) I read the handbook 2012 twice from the beginner to an end and taking practice test online.. 2013 at 9:50 am My wife. We studied your questions and all just passed with great scores and in record time! The lady at the desk made a comment about “such a smart family” LOL! Thanks for this guide! . thanks Steve.:-) God bless. You should NOT slow down a car if you have just gone over the crest of a hill. The right answer is to report it to a law enforcement agency. Cars should be inspected every year. The sign are 1 to 12′ 8 are warming sign and 4 is have to be discribe . 3. It definitely helped. 2. 2013 at 12:24 pm I just passed with 100% because of this study guide! I will be keeping this for when my sister gets her license. no passing zone. CT Ed says: August 22. For some reason on the yellow round circle (RR crossing) and “home plate” (5 pointed sign – school or school crossing) I drew a complete blank but the instructor was OK with it. railroad crossing. you should not honk! There were nine signs. If approaching an intersection where you have the right of way and the entering road is hidden.2013. Now I can share this site to my other friends for them to have an idea what is gonna be question and answer at DMV exam. cassandra says: August 8. The test questions are much more straightforward than the ones in the sample test on the DMV website. Thank u for the post:-) Alex says: August 7. I passed 23 correct and 2 incorrect I couldn’t remember it because it is not in here in your post but mostly question are here. I was worried and hesitate with your post to study it but you helped a lot to me and others. I already print this web and keep reading and memorizing all Q&A. stop sign.I will be taking my first time ever written test here at NC and I am a beginner. There were a couple of questions that I had that were not covered above: 1. 2013 at 4:49 pm me again… just took test today Aug 09. I hope I can pass my test this coming Friday August 9.

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