#1. When must you use your headlights?
By law, you must use your headlights between one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. You must also use your headlights at any time when it is raining. When there is not sufficient visibility to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead, you must also turn on your headlights.
#2. If you are going to drive in heavy rain and want to avoid hydroplaning, the most important thing to check before getting behind the wheel is your:
To prevent hydroplaning, maintain good tires with adequate water-channeling thread on your vehicle. Most importantly, slow down when there is water on the roadway.
#3. A two-way left turn lane should be used for:
A center turn lane is bordered by solid yellow and broken yellow lines. It is provided to make left turns from both directions. A motorist desiring to turn left should proceed to the turn lane just prior to making a left turn. Georgia law prohibits the use of this lane for any purpose other than making a left turn. You may enter this lane no more than 300 feet from the location of the left turn.
#4. If you drive on a rural highway and repeatedly hit the rumble strips or drift from your lane, you should know that:
Some warning signs of drowsy driving include:
- Difficulty remembering the last few miles driven.
- Missing road signs or exits.
- Head nodding or dropping.
- Hitting the rumble strips or unplanned lane change.
- Yawning repeatedly.
- Rubbing eyes, watery eyes, or heavy eyelids.
- Falling asleep at stop lights.
#5. Who must yield to other vehicles at a roundabout?
When approaching a roundabout, yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. When entering a roundabout, traffic laws concerning right-of-way still apply. You must yield to other traffic that is already in the roundabout. When exiting, watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
#6. How can you check your blind spots while driving?
Blind spots are areas around your vehicle that you cannot see in your rear view or side view mirrors. Stay out of another driver’s blind spot. Traveling in a position where the driver ahead of you cannot observe your vehicle in the rear view or side mirrors is a dangerous practice. <br /><br />You must turn your head and look back to check your blind spot.
#7. Which is true about large trucks?
Everyone should be aware of the differences between trucks and cars and behave accordingly. These include:
- A fully loaded tractor-trailer, traveling 55 mph, needs 3 times the distance a car needs to stop.
- Large trucks are more difficult to maneuver, are longer and heavier, and require much more room to turn.
- Large trucks have larger blind spots, called No-zones.
#8. When making a left turn, you should:
Make sure in advance that it is safe to turn. Yield the right-of-way to all vehicles, including bicycles, which are approaching from the opposite direction or pedestrians crossing either roadway. When safe to do so, and when traffic signals/signs permit, make your turn so that your vehicle ends up in the lane closest to the center lanes(s) in your direction of traffic on the street you turned onto.
#9. All the following practices are dangerous while driving. Which is also always illegal?
Any driver age 18 or over is prohibited from reading, writing, or sending a text message while driving. This ban applies to any texting device including cell phones, and applies to text messages, instant messages, email, and Internet data.
Any driver under age 18 who holds a Class D license or a learner’s permit is prohibited from using any wireless device while driving. This includes cell phones, computers, and all texting devices. Exceptions are provided for emergencies and for drivers who are full parked.
#10. To obtain a Class D license at the age of 16, you must have completed 40 hours of supervised road driving of which at least six hours must be:
You must verify that you have completed 40 hours of supervised road driving which includes six hours of night driving.
#11. What is an easy way of checking tread depth on your tires?
- Take a penny and hold Abraham Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger.
- Select a point on your tire where the tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves.
- If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.
#12. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit on a multi-lane divided highway without full access control is:
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 65 miles per hour on an urban interstate or on a multi-lane divided highway.
#13. When driving in a construction zone:
When you travel through a work zone, remember these four tips:
- Reduce your speed.
- Watch for speed limit signs. Fines are increased in most work zones.
- Adjust your lane position away from workers.
- Prepare for the unexpected.
#14. You must stop before railroad tracks:
You must always stop within 50 feet, but not less than 15 feet, from the nearest rail of a railroad crossing when any of the following apply:
- The signal is flashing.
- The crossing gates are lowered.
- A flagman is giving a signal.
- A train is approaching so closely as to create an immediate hazard.
- A train gives a warning signal and is an immediate hazard due to its speed or nearness to the crossing.
- A stop sign is posted.
#15. Until activated by a pedestrian, a HAWK signal light will:
HAWK stands for High-Intensity Activated CrossWalk. It is a new kind of signal designed to help pedestrians cross busy streets.
The double solid red signals require drivers to stop. The double solid red signals are followed by double flashing red signals. The signal will then go dark until activated again by a pedestrian. During the double flashing red signal indication, drivers are required to come to a full stop, but may proceed when pedestrians have cleared the crosswalk and it is safe to proceed.
#16. On highways with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, left lane should be used for:
On multi-lane roads, the left-most lane is intended for passing slower vehicles. Use the right-hand lane if you are traveling slower than other traffic.
#17. All children ages 8 up to 18 are required to ride:
All occupants of any passenger vehicle must use a seat safety belt if they are under the age of 18. A child who is eight years of age or younger must properly restrain the child in a child passenger restraining system.
#18. When a doctor prescribes drugs, which are likely to affect your driving, you should:
You must not drive under the influence of drugs or medicine.
Certain drugs or other substances can make a person irrefutably under the influence. Having a prescription for certain medication is not a defense if the medication impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Penalties for driving under the influence of intoxicants are severe, with fines up to $1000, jail sentences up to 12 months, and mandatory suspension of your driving privileges.
Remember, it is your responsibility to know the effects of the medications you take.
#19. If there is heavy fog, you should:
If possible, avoid driving in heavy fog. Do not drive with parking or hazard lights on.
#20. Can you stand your vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant?
Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. You may stop only momentarily to pick up or drop off passengers.
Georgia DDS Driver Knowledge Examination
Quick facts about the Georgia DDS written test for learner’s permit and driver’s license:
|Number of Questions:||20 (road signs)
20 (road rules)
|Correct answers needed:||15 (road signs)
15 (road rules)
|Passing score:||75 percent|
|Earliest retest upon failure:||1 day (1st failure)
7 days (2nd and subsequent failures)
This Road Rules Sample Test
The Georgia knowledge examination for drivers applying for a learner’s permit or full driver’s license has two parts.
Both have 20 questions, and you must correctly answer 15 questions (75%) on each test to pass. Remember, 20 correct answers on the road sign test and 10 on the road rules will not result in a passing score. You must have at least 15 correct answers on each part!
This practice test focuses on the Georgia road rules, traffic laws, and safe driving practices that you are expected to know.
All of them are described in the Georgia Driver’s Manual . Always start by studying the manual, it will make the practice tests much easier.
What You Must Know about the Real Examination
Tests are given on a computer screen. Most questions are multiple-choice with only one correct answer. There may also be true-or-false statements.
There is no allotted time for the test, but you must start at least 30 minutes before closing time. The test usually takes less than 20 minutes to complete.
Obviously, cheating is not allowed. You must not:
- Bring pens, pencils, paper, or any other items into the testing area.
- Use cell phones, text messaging devices, and other types of wireless devices in the testing area.
- Talk to anyone during the test other than the examiner administering the test.
If you fail the test, you must wait until the next day before retaking the portion you have failed. Should you fail two or more times, you must wait 7 days before you can retake any part of the knowledge test.
The road sign part of the test is given in English only. The test that addresses common road rules are given in some additional languages:
Is the Georgia DDS Knowledge Test Hard?
Overall, the difficulty on the Georgia knowledge test is graded “moderate”. The road test has low failure rates and is considered to be the easiest. Failure rate on the road rules test is estimated to be around 35 percent.
What Happens after I pass the Test?
After passing both the vision exam and the two knowledge tests, Georgia DDS will issue a temporary permit. The real permit will be mailed to you within a few days.
With the permit in your hand, you can start practicing your driving skills.
When you drive you must always be accompanied by another person who is at least 21 years old and who is licensed to drive a Class C vehicle. This supervising driver must always sit in a front seat beside you. They must also be fit and capable of exercising control over the vehicle.
If you are under 18 years, the rules of the Graduated Licensing Program applies to you.
To move on to the next step (Class D Provisional License) you must be 16 years and have held your permit for at least one year and one day.
During the permit period, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised driving experience, of which 6 hours must be at night.
You must also complete a driver education course approved by DDS.
An approved driver education course consists of:
- Either 30 hours of classroom instruction OR completion of an equivalent online virtual course
- 6 hours of on-the-road experience with a certified instructor OR completion of the DDS approved Parent-Teen Driving Guide
You must present proof of completion of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP). This program is taught in most schools and is also available online. For information about ADAP you should read this: What is ADAP?
Don’t Forget to Check Your Knowledge of Georgia Road Signs
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