Alabama Permit Test Practice – 30 Questions



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#1. Driving under the influence of medication that impairs your ability to drive safely is:

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. What does this sign mean?

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. It means that you must come to a complete stop before entering the intersection ahead and yield to traffic close enough to be an immediate hazard.


#3. You must obey an instruction from a school patrol member in a school crossing, even if the instruction conflicts with existing signals:

Remember, you must obey instructions from a school patrol member. When a school patrol member is displaying an official flag in a stop position, you must stop.


#4. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended horizontally out of open window):

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#5. A pentagon shaped sign marks:

The pentagon (five-sided) shape marks school zones and warns you about school crossings. Signs may display horizontal lines showing the point at which a crosswalk exists. Signs may have a separate downward-pointing arrow plaque, which indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.


#6. A solid wide white line between lanes of traffic means:

White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction. A wide solid line is used for emphasis where crossing requires unusual care. Crossing the line is discouraged.


#7. Before you can get a full driver's license when you are 16 years of age but less than 18 years, you must hold a learner license with the Y restriction for:

Any person 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age who has held a learner license for six months or until their 18th birthday and has developed the necessary skills to safely operate a motor vehicle may present himself to his local driver license examiner for the road test. He must surrender his Learners License at the time of the road test. Upon passing the road test, the applicant will be issued a new regular license with the Y restriction removed for the remainder of the four-year period.


#8. A Crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing means:

A Crossbuck sign should be treated the same as a yield sign. If there is more than one track, a sign below the crossbuck indicates the number of tracks.

Remember, trains cannot stop quickly. A freight train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop. That is the length of 18 football fields.


#9. If you have entered an intersection to make a turn, and the signal turns from yellow to red, you should:

If you are waiting in the intersection to make a turn, and the signal turns from yellow to red, complete the turn as soon as it is safely possible. Do not back up.


#10. When backing up or reversing your car:

Before backing, you should look to the front, sides, and rear and continue to look over your right shoulder to the rear while backing. Do not depend on your mirror. Back slowly into the proper traffic lane with a minimum of movement.


#11. What does this sign mean?

Narrow bridge ahead.

The bridge ahead is narrower than the roadway.


#12. Which is a suitable restraint system for a child who is 13 years?

The law requires a booster seat until a child is 6 years of age and seat belt until a child is 15 years of age, regardless of seat position.


#13. Trucks and buses have:

No-zones are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. Some of the No-zones are blind spots where your car disappears from the view of the truck or bus driver. Some truck drivers may not be able to see up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of the trailer, and up to 200 feet to the rear.


#14. When entering or crossing a street from an alley, you must:

Cars entering from a private road or driveway must stop and yield to cars on a public street or highway.

You must also yield to pedestrians.


#15. A large percentage of car-motorcycle crashes are caused by:

Left turns in front of an oncoming motorcyclist account for a large percentage of car/cycle injury producing accidents. The problem of not seeing the motorcyclist is two fold: car drivers may fail to pick the cyclist out of the traffic scene, or drivers may fail to judge the speed of the oncoming motorcycle. The correct behavior is to: look and look again. make sure you know the speed of the motorcycle before making a left turn.


#16. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?

No speed is safe in all situations.

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.


#17. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns that there is a flag man ahead. Always follow his or her directions.


#18. You are driving on a highway when a tire blows out on your vehicle. What should you do?

To regain control, hold tightly to the steering wheel, steer straight and ease up on the accelerator. Do not brake until the vehicle is under control. Move slowly and safely off the road. Do not stop on the road if at all possible.


#19. When entering a freeway, you should always:

Remember, even if drivers on the freeway should allow room for those entering, you must yield to traffic on the freeway.


#20. 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.


#21. When is it safe to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk?

A driver must not pass (overtake) another vehicle stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk.


#22. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Parking sign. It means that parking is not allowed at any time.

You may not park your car in this area even though you stay in the car.

Remember that regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions indicated by the sign.


#23. If an intersection is blocked and you cannot drive through the intersection without having to stop in the intersection:

Look across the intersection before you start to move to make sure the path is clear all the way through the intersection.

Remember, you may not enter an intersection controlled by a traffic-control signal until you are able to move the vehicle immediately, continuously, and completely through the intersection without impeding or blocking the movement of cross traffic.


#24. What does this sign mean?

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


#25. Compared to stopping on dry pavement, stopping on snow or ice:

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.


#26. The two-second rule refers to how you should:

The two-second rule refers to a following distance. Keeping a two-second following distance gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you.

There are also situations where you need more space in front of your vehicle. In such situations, you may need a four-second following distance, or more.


#27. When must you use your headlights?

According to state law, headlights 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.


#28. When can it be unlawful to use your horn?

Needless use of your horn may result in an arrest. It is unlawful to use a motor vehicle horn for any purpose except in giving warning when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation. Never use the horn to announce arrival or call your passengers.


#29. At a fire hydrant, parking is not allowed:

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#30. Which is true about accessing the Internet and reading messages on your phone 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.
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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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