Alabama Permit Test Practice – 30 Questions



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#1. What is true about drugs and driving?

There are many drugs, which interfere with your ability to drive safely. These may be contained in prescriptions written by your doctor, or may be found in some of the remedies which you can buy without prescription.

Remember, it is illegal to drive when you are under the influence of a drug to a degree that makes you incapable of driving safely.


#2. Always signal to other drivers when you:

Remember, you may not turn, move right or left on a roadway unless you give an appropriate signal. You must also give an appropriate signal before you stop or suddenly decrease speed, when there is opportunity to give such signal.

Your brake lights let people know that you are slowing down or stopping. Hand signals can also be used.


#3. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The road is dividing into two separate roadways by a median or divider. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#4. Adult passengers in a car must always wear seat belts:

State law requires all front-seat occupants to be restrained, and occupants younger than 15 must be restrained regardless of seat position. Children ages 5 and younger must use size- and age-appropriate child restraints specified in the child restraint law.

Even when the law requires only front seat passengers 15 years or older to wear safety belts, it is still a good idea to encourage everyone to buckle up.


#5. A two-second rule is used for:

There is an easy way to tell if you are following another vehicle too closely. It is called the two-second rule and it works at any speed.

If the road and weather conditions are not good, increase your following distance to a four or five second count. The increased following limit also applies if you are driving vehicles with longer lengths than cars.

Remember, the two-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within two seconds.


#6. When should you use your horn?

It is unlawful to use a motor vehicle horn for any purpose except in giving warning when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation. Needless use of your horn may result in an arrest.

There are several situations when you should not use your horn. They include:

  • Announcing arrival or calling your passengers.
  • Encouraging someone to drive faster or get out of the way.
  • Letting other drivers know they made a mistake.
  • Around blind pedestrians.
  • Passing bicyclists.
  • Approaching horses.

#7. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

A green light means Go.

You may go straight or turn right or left, yielding to other vehicles and pedestrians lawfully within the intersection. A sign may prohibit a turn or turns.


#8. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling on your side of a divided highway, you must:

You must stop when you are following or meeting a school bus or church bus stopped on the road while the stop signal arm is extended and displaying flashing red lights. Remain stopped until the stop signal is retracted and red lights are turned off.


#9. Worn tires can cause:

Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the effect of hydroplaning and increase the chance of having a flat tire.


#10. Which is true about using a smartphone for text messaging while driving?

Alabama law prohibits text messaging and internet use by all drivers. For drivers under 18 years with a provisional license held less than 6 months, all use of a cell phone, even hands-free, is prohibited.

If you do use a cell phone, use following precautions:

  • Always assess traffic conditions before calling.
  • Be familiar with the telephone keypad. Use speed dial, if possible.
  • Place calls when parked or have a passenger call.
  • Ensure phone is within easy reach.
  • Use speaker phone/hands-free device.
  • Avoid intense, emotional or complicated conversations.
  • Avoid talking on phone in congested traffic or bad weather.
  • Pull off the road to dial or complete a conversation.

#11. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

Truck and bus drivers need to swing wide to the left to safely make a right turn.

When the right turn signal is blinking, do not attempt to pass on the right. The driver will not be able to see you and you will become trapped. It is best to wait until the truck or bus has completed the maneuver before proceeding.


#12. Driving at night with parking lights instead of headlights is:

Do not drive a vehicle with only the parking lights on.

According to state law, headlights (not parking lights only) must be turned on from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise and during other periods of limited visibility when you cannot see clearly for at least 500 feet. Alabama law also requires that headlights be turned on when the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in use because of rain, sleet, or snow.


#13. If you hold a valid driver's license from another state and become a resident in Alabama, you must get a Alabama driver's license:

A non-resident who has a valid driver license from the state of previous residence may drive without an Alabama license for 30 days after becoming a resident of the state.


#14. Does a posted speed limit of 65 mph mean that you may drive 65 mph on that highway under all conditions?

Remember, the maximum limit should be driven only in ideal driving conditions. Consider road, weather, and your vehicle condition, as well as your own physical condition. What might be a reasonable speed at one time may not be reasonable at another time because of conditions.


#15. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Bicyclists sign. It means that no bicyclists are allowed on the road.

Remember, some regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions showed by the sign.


#16. On this road (white lines), traffic flows in:

White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.


#17. True or false? When passing a motorcycle you must signal and change lanes, just like you would when passing a car.

Don’t share the lane with a motorcycle. Motorcycles are entitled to the same full lane width as all other vehicles. A skilled motorcycle operator is constantly changing positions within a lane to maximize being seen, to see the roadway better, and to compensate for objects on or near the road. Drivers should never move into the same lane alongside a motorcycle even if the lane is wide and cyclist is riding far to one side. It is not only illegal, but extremely hazardous.


#18. Which must you obey over the other two?

The only exceptions to obeying all traffic control devices are emergency situations when directions from a police officer or other emergency personnel take priority. Uniformed school patrol members also have the authority to direct traffic at locations near schools. You must also respect and obey a flagger in a work zone.


#19. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns that there are workers in or near the roadway ahead.


#20. If there is a car coming toward you in your lane, you should:

If you see a car coming toward you in your lane, pull to the right and slow down. Sound your horn. At night, flash your lights. You may wake up the drowsy or inattentive driver approaching you. Do not turn into the left lane because the driver of the oncoming vehicle might wake up and swing back into the path of your car.

It is generally better to run off the road than to crash head-on into another vehicle.


#21. When two vehicles meet at an intersection and both have signaled to turn left, each motorist should:

When you meet another driver at an intersection and both of you want to turn left, each will turn to the left of the other. See turning diagrams in the Driver’s Manual.


#22. If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb and turn the front wheels to the left:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road.


#23. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and you cannot restart it, you should:

If you cannot get the car off the tracks, and a train is approaching, abandon the vehicle, and quickly walk alongside the tracks in the direction of the approaching train so that you will not be struck by debris when the vehicle is hit.


#24. Which is the most important driving technique when driving on icy or snowy roads?

The most important driving technique is to reduce speed and increase your following distance.

Slippery roads are hazardous. Follow other cars at a safe distance. Remember that on snow or ice it takes three to twelve times as much distance to stop your car as on dry pavement. Keep well back of the vehicle ahead of you to give yourself plenty of room to stop.


#25. The background color on a road sign like this is:

Green signs indicate exits, distance to cities, interstate interchanges, street or route names, and bicycle routes.


#26. When being passed by another vehicle, you must:

When being passed by another vehicle, you must stay in your own lane, yield to the other vehicle and not increase your speed.


#27. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to yield other traffic.


#28. When you have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian enters the intersection in front of your car, you should:

The law requires you to stop and give right of way at any intersection to a blind person carrying a white cane tipped with red and holding the cane with arm extended, or using a guide dog.


#29. Which of the following is generally illegal when driving on a freeway?

Remember, stopping on the traveled portion of a is not allowed. In case of emergencies, such as mechanical breakdowns, park entirely off the traveled portion and stay with your vehicle if at all possible. Open the trunk, raise the hood if weather permits and tie a white cloth to a door handle or antenna, where it can best be seen.


#30. After passing this sign you will reach an intersection where you must:

T-Intersection ahead. The road ends at an intersection. You cannot go straight ahead. You must turn left or right.

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Alabama Permit Practice Tests for the Instruction Permit

Key numbers for the official Alabama written test:

  Number of Questions: 30
  Correct answers needed: 24
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: n/a
  Earliest retest upon failure: 0 days (new fee)

Getting Your First Learner’s Permit

If you are at least 15 years, you can apply for your first Alabama Learner License (a.k.a. Learner’s Permit).

A permit is the first step in the Alabama Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. With the permit you can practice driving together with a supervising parent, legal guardian, or a person who is 21 years and holds an Alabama driver license. You can also drive together with a certified driving instructor. The supervising person must sit in the front seat beside you.

Before Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) issues a Learner License you must pass a vision test and the written knowledge test.

1   Start by Studying the Driver Manual

Alabama Driver Manual 2019

Questions on the written knowledge exam are taken from the information in the Driver Manual. Everything you must learn to pass the exam is found in this manual.

You should read it and make sure you get a good understanding of Alabama laws, safe driving, common road signs, traffic signals, and what to do in case of an accident.

You can get a copy from Driver License Offices or download a pdf-version online .

You are unlikely to pass the exam without studying the manual, so don’t skip this step. If you fail the test, you must pay the fee and wait in line again.

2   Use Practice Tests – They Help You Learn Faster

Each permit practice test has 30 questions from a large pool of questions. The tests help you prepare for the exam and tell you if you are ready for the real exam or not.

You can take as many practice tests as you want. There are no limits and no fees. Aim for a full score on a handful of practice tests before you attempt the real knowledge examination.

Remember, every attempt requires a new testing fee (currently $5.00).

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3   Be Active

Cramming the manual and taking endless practice tests may help you pass the knowledge exam, but it will not help you retain the information at the end of the day.

To be a safe driver you should use a strategy that helps you gain real knowledge that sticks over time. Such a strategy includes a focus on active learning.

By applying new knowledge in your everyday life you stimulate the learning parts of your brain even more. Talk about what you are studying, write about it, relate it to things you already know, and try to apply it to daily situations. [ Read more ]

What is an Alabama Graduated Driver License?

Alabama Graduated Driver License (GDL) is a program that allows young drivers gain driving experience through a step-by-step learning model.

The program has three stages:

  Learner License (allows practicing with a supervising driver)
  Restricted Driver License (allows driving without supervision but with some restrictions)
  Unrestricted Driver License (full driving privileges)

Stage I: The Learner License

You must be at least 15 years old to apply for an Alabama Learner License.

You bring necessary documents that show your full name, date of birth, and social security number. Non-citizens must show proof of legal presence in United States. If you are under 19 years, you must also present a current Student Enrollment/Exclusion Form. You get the form from your school or any driver license office.

At the driver license office, you must pass a vision exam, pay a testing fee, and complete the written knowledge examination. If you pass the examination, you pay a license fee and the examiner issues a learner’s permit.

With the permit you can now practice driving when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. You may also drive when accompanied by a licensed or certified driving instructor.

When you drive you must always have your Learner License with you and a supervising driver must always sit beside you in a front seat. Under no circumstances many you practice driving without a supervising driver.

You must hold the Learner License at least six months before you can move on to stage II.

Stage II: The Restricted License

You must be at least 16 years old to be eligible for an Alabama restricted driver license.

A parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must approve your application.

To be eligible you must have held a Learner License for at least six months and show a log that certifies that you completed 30 hours of driving or proof of a completed Driver Education Course.

You are now ready for the road skills examination. If you pass, the examiner will issue a restricted driver license.

The restricted driver license will allow you to drive alone but with certain restrictions.

  With a few exceptions, you cannot drive alone between midnight and 6 a.m.
  You cannot carry more than one passenger in the vehicle who is not a parent, legal guardian, or immediate family member.
  The use of any handheld communication devices while driving is also prohibited.

Alabama Driver License

Stage III: The Unrestricted License

An unrestricted or full driver’s license allows you to drive alone without any special restrictions.

You must be at least 17 years old to get an unrestricted license.

If you are 17 years, you must hold a stage II restricted license for at least six months before applying.

If you are 18 years, you can bypass the stage II restricted license requirement.

More about the Alabama Graduated License Program

The program does not apply to individuals who are:

  18 years or older
  17 years or who have had valid driver licenses for six months or longer
  16 years or older who are married and considered the head of household.
  legally relieved of minority status (the state or period of being below the legal age).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Permit Test and GDL

The Alabama written test for an instruction permit or driver license has 30 questions. The passing score is 80 percent. You must correctly answer at least 24 questions to pass.

The passing score on the Alabama permit test is 80%. You must correctly answer at least 24 questions on a written test with 30 questions.

The written knowledge test is available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese.

No, ALEA does not allow any online testing from your home. You must visit a licensing office to take the knowledge test.

Alabama does not publish official knowledge test failure rates. Test takers, however, grade the difficulty as moderate to hard.

The 30-question test spans over common road signs, traffic signals, safe driving techniques, impaired driving, accident avoidance, and Alabama licensing laws.

Licenseroute,com has published online practice tests since 2008. Tests are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

Answers to all questions are found in the Driver Manual and you should always compare the information when in doubt. When new laws are introduced, it may take some time before manual, tests, and practice tests are updated to reflect the changes.

If you find such inconsistency, please let us know.

If you think you are ready to take it again, you can do so the same day depending on availability. You must pay a testing fee ($5) each time you take the test.

If you are applying for a learner license and pass the knowledge test, the examiner will issue your learner license which allows you to start driving together with a supervising driver.

You must be at least 15 years old to apply for the Alabama Learner License (Learner Permit). This license allows you to practice driving together with a supervising driver.

You must be at least 16 years old to be eligible for a restricted Alabama driver license. You must hold a learner license for at least six months (if under 18 years) and pass a road skills test before ALEA issues the license.

No. You may only drive when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver who is age 21 or older and occupying the front seat beside you.

Yes, the restricted license allows you to drive without supervision. You must have permission from parent, grandparent or legal guardian to be eligible for a restricted Alabama driver license.

You cannot drive alone during the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. and you must not drive with more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members.

You must be at least 17 years old.

At age 17, you must have held a restricted (stage II) license for at least six months before applying.

If you are 18 years or older you can apply immediately for the regular driver license (passing score on road skills exam is required).

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