#1. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:
Keep headlights on low beam to reduce the glaring reflection of your lights on the thick fog blanket, heavy rain, or blinding snow.
#2. A three-point turn is not allowed:
A three-point-turn must be made without endangering other traffic.
They are normally permitted where your vehicle can be seen for a great distance and where traffic is such that making a three-point-turn would not constitute a hazard.
Three-point turns are not permitted on interstate freeways, on curves, or near the top of hills where you cannot be seen by drivers of other vehicles approaching from either direction within 500 feet.
#3. Which is true about alcohol?
Remember, alcohol is a depressant, it slows you down.
Alcohol is not a stimulant. It slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness, and impairs observation.
If some people feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply that their inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.
#4. When keeping a two-second following distance between you and the car ahead, you know that you always have enough space to stop safely.
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.
#5. The shape of a Do Not Enter sign is:
Do Not Enter. Do not proceed beyond this sign which faces traffic entering a roadway or ramp in the wrong direction. A white on red WRONG WAY sign may be placed further down the prohibited direction.
#6. Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because:
Approximately half the fatal motor vehicle crashes in Alabama occur during the hours of darkness. Most of the contributing factors in night-time crashes are directly or indirectly involved with vision.
You should never drive so fast that you cannot stop within the distance you can see ahead with your lights.
#7. What is true about signaling before suddenly reducing speed?
During the daytime and when visibility is good, hand and arm signals may be used in addition to signal lights.
#8. Studies show that users of marijuana:
Studies show that users of marijuana have more arrests for traffic violations than other drivers. Experts agree that it should not be used when driving.
#9. Changing lanes is prohibited when the line dividing two lanes is:
A double solid white line is used to delineate a travel lane where travel is the same direction and is permitted on both sides of the line, but crossing the double lines is prohibited.
#10. Which of the following convictions will result in a revocation of your driver's license?
The Director of ALEA must revoke your license upon receiving a record of your conviction for failures to stop, render aid, or identify yourself in the event of a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another.
Your driver license may be suspended if you are convicted of racing on the highways or a first offense of DUI.
#11. Under Alabama point system your driving privilege will be suspended, if you accumulate 12 or more points within:
After a traffic conviction is two years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on your record.
#12. A posted speed limit like this is:
In addition to the basic speed law, the traffic laws set up speed limits for normal driving conditions. Speeds in excess of such limits are prima facie evidence that they are unlawful, and you may be arrested.
#13. What does this sign mean?
Another road crosses the highway ahead.
#14. What should you do if you approach a fire scene and there is an unprotected fire hose on the road?
Do not drive over an unprotected fire hose unless authorized to do so by a police officer or fire department official.
#15. When you plan to exit a freeway, you should:
Prepare for your exit by moving into the proper lane well in advance. Signal your turn, move into the deceleration lane and reduce your speed as you prepare to enter the exit ramp. Never reduce speed suddenly on the freeway.
#16. When you approach a traffic signal displaying a steady yellow light, you must:
A steady yellow light means caution. It is a warning to drivers and pedestrians that the green light period is about to end, you must clear the intersection.
Do not enter the intersection, if you can stop safely.
If you cannot stop safely, proceed through the intersection with caution.
#17. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:
Remain stopped until the gates are raised and lights are no longer flashing.
It is against the law to go around gates.
#18. What is the best thing to do if you experience signs of sleepiness behind the wheel?
Stop driving when you feel drowsy. Do not try to fight it. Pull off the highway at the first rest stop or service area. A cup of coffee and a bit of stretching may be enough to wake you.
If you are really sleepy, get off the highway and take a nap.
Remember, drowsiness is one of the greatest dangers in interstate highway driving.
#19. Which is an appropriate restraint system for a child under the age of one year?
The new Alabama law requires children to be in rear-facing infant car seats until they are one year or weigh 20 pounds. After that, they must be in forward-facing child car seats until they are five or weigh 40 pounds, in booster seats until they turn six, and in regular seat belts until they turn 15.
#20. Bicyclists must:
Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic and, in general, as close as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway.
#21. When a school bus with flashing red lights is stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway with a median separation, you should:
A stop is not required on a divided highway having four or more lanes which permits at least two lanes of traffic to travel in opposite directions when meeting a school or church bus which is stopped in the opposing roadway or if the school or church bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.
#22. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:
When possible, take potential hazards one at a time. Be especially careful when passing bicycle drivers. Make sure there is enough room between the side of your vehicle and the bicycle. If the road is narrow and you are unable to safely pass a bicyclist, do not follow too closely and do not blast the driver with your horn. Remain behind at a safe interval.
#23. Which road signs have a three-sided pennant shape?
This three-sided sign is shaped like a pennant. When used, this sign is placed on the left side of a two-lane road to warn of the beginning of a no passing zone.
#24. What does this sign mean?
Low Clearance Ahead.
Vehicles or loads higher than the clearance shown cannot go under the structure ahead.
#25. What is your approximate stopping distance when driving at 45 mph under ideal conditions?
Thinking distance of 49 feet braking distance of 112.5 feet = total stopping distance of 161.5 feet.
Remember, actual stopping distances depend upon many factors. The table in your driver’s manual are approximate distances for an average passenger car with good brakes in good conditions on dry concrete.
#26. When can you drive beside and share a lane with a motorcyclist?
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.
#27. Unless posted otherwise, you can legally park at a railroad crossing, if you keep this distance from the nearest rail:
Parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.
#28. The following are true about large trucks, except:
It is not true that they need less room to maneuver.
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.
#29. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:
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.
#30. Hydroplaning occurs:
When your tires hydroplane, they lose all contact with the road.
At speeds up to 35 mph, most tires will wipe the road surface, the same way a windshield wiper cleans the windshield. As the speed increases, the tires cannot wipe the road as well and start to ride on a film of water, just like a set of water skis.
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|
|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
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).
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.
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:
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).