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#1. What is the first thing you should do when your car starts to skid?

When your tires are not touching the road, you can easily lose control and skid. Keep your tires on the road by slowing down when it rains, and by having tires with the right air pressure and good tread.

Remember, if your car skids, you were driving too fast for conditions.

  • Take your foot off the gas pedal.
  • Do not use your brakes, if possible.
  • Pump the brakes gently if you are about to hit something.
  • Steer the car into the direction of the skid to straighten the vehicle out.

#2. To back your vehicle safely:

Place your right arm on the back of the seat and turn around so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend on your rearview or side mirrors as you cannot see directly behind your vehicle.


#3. What is the meaning of this sign?

Winding road. There are several curves ahead. Drive slowly and carefully.


#4. A double yellow line in the center of a highway means:

Double solid yellow lines prohibit vehicles moving in either direction from crossing the lines. You may not cross these lines unless turning left when it is safe to do so.


#5. In passenger vehicles, children under 13 should be secured:

In passenger vehicles, children under 13 should be secured in the rear seat. Air bags can injure or kill young children in the front seat. Never place a rear-facing car seat in front of an air bag


#6. A conviction of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50 will result in the following number of points on your driving record:

Six points will be assessed for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50.


#7. When going straight ahead in a roundabout with multiple lanes, you should:

When going straight through the intersection, choose either lane, and exit in the lane you entered.


#8. This sign tells you:

Reduction of lanes. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#9. Anti-lock brakes reduce the chances of a skid occurring particularly when:

Anti-lock brakes prevent skidding and allow drivers to steer during an emergency braking situation.

ABS can help improve vehicle stability (avoiding spinouts), steering ability (directing the car where the driver wants it to go) and stopping capability (distance needed to stop the vehicle).


#10. The shape of a Do Not Enter sign is:

Do Not Enter.

The sign marks a one-way roadway with traffic coming against you. You must not enter from the direction you are traveling.

Remember, this is a square sign with a white horizontal line inside a red ball. The sign is not circular.


#11. On which side should you pass a barricade like this?

Stripes on barricades and panel devices slope downward in the direction traffic must travel.

Stripes sloping downward to the left mean the driver should bear to the left. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right.


#12. Whenever you stop your car and go into a store to make a quick purchase, you:

Set the parking brake and shift to park with an automatic transmission or reverse with a manual transmission. Turn off the engine and lock the vehicle. Florida law requires that you take the keys out of your vehicle before leaving it.


#13. When you see this sign, you should:

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.


#14. Unless otherwise posted, what is the speed limit on highways with limited access?

Speed limit on limited access highways is 70 mph.


#15. Why should you clean your headlights?

Keep headlights and windshield clean. Dirty headlights can cut your night vision by one-half.


#16. If a traffic signal is not working, you should proceed as if the intersection is, in all directions, controlled by:

If traffic signals are out of order, treat the light as if it is a four-way stop sign. Meaning, you must stop, and may only proceed when you can do so safely.


#17. Penalties for a first DUI offense include imprisonment up to:

Penalties for a first conviction include imprisonment not more than six months. With a blood alcohol level of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle, not more than nine months.


#18. Keeping a safe following distance using a four-second rule means:

The more distance between your vehicle and others, the more time you have to react. Keep a minimum following distance of four seconds during favorable weather and traffic conditions. (Increase following distance during unfavorable weather or traffic conditions.)

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


#19. When you drive at night, you should:

You will need to drive with extra care at night. You cannot see as far ahead or to the side, and glare from oncoming cars can reduce your vision even more. When leaving a brightly lit place, drive slowly until your eyes adjust to the darkness. Do not look directly at oncoming headlights. Instead, watch the right edge of your lane. Look quickly to be sure of the other vehicle’s position every few seconds.


#20. When entering an expressway you should avoid:

Do not stop on an acceleration lane unless traffic is too heavy and there is no space for you to enter safely. If you must wait for space to enter a roadway, slow down on the ramp so you have some room to speed up before you merge onto the main road.

This question asked what you should not do.


#21. Know signs by their standard colors. Fluorescent yellow-green is used for:

Fluorescent yellow-green is used for high emphasis warning of school, pedestrian, and bicycling activity.


#22. When you see emergency lights behind you, you should:

If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer:

  • Safely pull of the roadway immediately to the extreme right, and clear of traffic.
  • At night, reduce your headlights to parking lights and turn on your interior light.
  • Stay in the driver’s seat. Do not get out of the vehicle unless asked to do so. Keep your hands visible. Sit calmly and follow the officer’s instructions.
  • Be prepared to show your driver license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance when asked.

#23. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

Stop when the lights begin to flash and before the gate lowers across your road lane. It is against the law to drive around or under a crossing gate, either down or while being opened or closed, and it is extremely dangerous!

Do not move forward until the gates are raised and the lights stop flashing as there may be a train approaching on an adjacent track.


#24. You wish to overtake a long, slow-moving vehicle ahead. Driving up close to the vehicle will:

Stay a safe distance behind the vehicle you want to pass. The closer you get to the vehicle you want to pass, the less you can see ahead. This is especially true when passing trucks, trailers, and other large vehicles.


#25. The Implied Consent Law means:

You will be asked to take a blood test, a urine test, or a breath test if an officer thinks that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. By law, if you drive in Florida, you have agreed by signing your driver license to take these tests if asked. This is known as the Implied Consent Law.

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Florida FLHSMV Driver Knowledge Exam

Quick facts about the Florida Driver License Class E Knowledge Exam for learner’s permit and driver’s license:

  Number of Questions:50 questions
  Correct answers needed:40
  Passing score:80 percent
  Time limit:N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure:Same day (new fee)

This Florida Sample Test

While the real Florida knowledge examination has 50 questions in each set, this practice test will show you 25 random multiple-choice questions in each set. By taking two tests in a row, you can simulate the real examination.

Florida used to have two tests, one road sign recognition test and one test about road rules. These tests are now combined into one and expanded with 10 additional questions. Questions are updated on a regular basis and always random, which means that not two tests are the same.

To pass the Florida Permit Exam you must correctly answer at least 40 questions, a passing score of 80%.

If you fail your first attempt at the test, you can retake it the same day.

How to Prepare for the Florida Permit Test

To prepare for your Knowledge Exam, you should start by studying the Official Florida Driver License Handbook. You can get a hard copy at your local service center or tax collector . You can also download the PDF-version online and keep it handy on your computer or smartphone.

Take many the Class E knowledge practice tests. They will help you understand what kind of questions you will see on the real examination and tell you if you are ready for the real examination or not. Aim for a full score on a handful of practice tests before you attempt the real one.

Surveys show that this Florida permit practice really helps.

Where to Take the Real Test

Note that this website does not offer the real examination, only the Florida permit practice.

If you are 18 years or older, you normally take the test in person at one of DHSMV service centers. The test is given on a computer and you cannot bring books into the testing area or use a cellphone during the test.

If you are still in high school, you probably already know that many high school driver education classes are authorized to provide the knowledge exam (known as DELAP). If you pass the test in an approved course in a public or private school, the result is forwarded to FLHSMV’s test records.

Minors under 18 years can also take the test online at approved third party administrators. A Parent Proctoring Form is required for these online tests. This form must be notarized or signed in the presence of a driver license examiner.

You cannot take the online test from home.

Is the Florida Knowledge Test Hard?

In 2015, the failure rate was a staggering 60%. Since then, the state has changed many questions and the goal is to have a 70 percent passing rate.

The difficulty level is rated “moderate”. It is not the easiest test in United States, but it is also not hardest.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What Happens if You Fail the Test?

Florida has no official wait time for retesting, but most examiners will recommend you to wait at least 1 day before taking the test again.

If you miss more than 10 question on the exam, you were probably not ready. Remember, a permit or driver’s license is a privilege that comes with great responsibilities. It should not be taken lightly.

What Happens if You Pass the Test?

After submitting all necessary documents and passing the exams, including the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course, FLHSMV will issue a learner’s license.

Learner's License

With a learner’s permit, you can start practicing your driving skills.

When you sit behind the wheel, you must always carry your permit. You must also be accompanied by a driver who:

  • Holds a valid license to drive this type of vehicle
  • Is at least 21 years of age
  • Occupies the closest seat to the right of you

Under no circumstances can you drive alone.

Restrictions on Your Learner’s Permit

You may only drive during daylight hours for first three months after permit is issued. After three months, you may drive until 10 p.m.

You must hold your learner’s permit for a minimum of 12 months or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

Frequently Asked Questions

To pass the Florida Permit Exam you must correctly answer at least 40 out of 50 questions, a passing score of 80%.

If you fail your first attempt at the test, you can retake it the same day. You must, however, pay the testing fee each time you retake the test.

To prepare for your Knowledge Exam, you should start by studying the Official Florida Driver License Handbook and take many practice tests.

To apply for your first Florida learner’s license you must be at least 15 years old.

You can get a hard copy from all DHSMV service centers. You can also download a PDF-version from FLHSMV's website. You should not download it from privately owned websites.

TLSAE is a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course. All drivers who have not been licensed before must complete TLSAE course before applying for a license in Florida. Drivers under 21 years with suspension for driving with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .02 to .05 must complete the course.

A holder of a Florida Learner's License can only drive during daylight hours for first three months. After three months they may drive until 10 p.m.

You cannot take a Florida online test from home. Online testing is only offered by approved third party administrators.

There is no time limit, but you are not allowed to begin the test if it cannot be completed before closing (usually 30 minutes before closing).

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