#1. If you approach a fire emergency site, it is illegal to:
It is illegal to park any vehicle within 500 feet of any fire apparatus stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
#2. Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because:
Because of decreased vision at night and the glare of oncoming headlights, night driving is more demanding and requires greater concentration than daytime driving. Most of the contributing factors in night-time crashes are directly or indirectly involved with vision.
#3. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing yellow light, you must:
A yellow flashing light means you must slow down and exercise caution before proceeding through the intersection.
#4. Any driver under age 18 who holds a Class D license or a learner's permit is prohibited from the following:
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.
#5. What does a flashing yellow light above this school sign mean?
A reduced speed limit is in effect when the yellow lights are flashing. You may not drive faster than 20 mph.
#6. In addition to any local fines, you will be assessed a $200 state fee when:
Any driver convicted of speeding 75 mph on any two-lane road, or 85 mph and over anywhere in Georgia, will be assessed a $200 state fee. The state fee will be in addition to any local fines imposed in the jurisdiction where the speeding offense occurs. Failure to pay the state fee on time will result in a license suspension and additional $50 reinstatement fee.
#7. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?
The distance it takes to stop your vehicle is important in determining a safe driving speed. Your stopping distance can depend on many factors.
- Mental and physical reaction of the driver.
- Type and condition of the pavement.
- Kind of tires and tread composition.
- Chassis (frame) design.
- Type of brakes, condition, and balance of brakes.
- Wind direction and velocity
#8. 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.
#9. When parking your car other than momentarily to pick up or drop off passengers, the law requires you to keep this distance from of a fire station driveway:
You must not park and leave your vehicle within 20 feet of a fire station driveway or within 75 feet of the spot across the street from a fire station driveway.
You may park closer momentarily to pick up or drop off passengers.
#10. A leaky exhaust system should be repaired because it:
The exhaust system carries exhaust gases to an exit point located to reduce entry of fumes into the passenger compartment and reduces the noise to an acceptable level. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, keep your exhaust system free of leaks.
#11. If you see work vehicles with flashing or revolving amber lights:
Work vehicles and heavy equipment will typically have flashing or revolving amber lights. You must yield the right-of-way to these vehicles. Reduce your speed.
#12. When can you cross yellow center lines to pass another vehicle?
Broken yellow lines are used when there are only two lanes and it is safe to pass in either direction.
Look ahead along the roadway to determine the length of the passing zone and if there is traffic approaching from the opposite direction. You must have sufficient time and space to execute your passing maneuver and return your vehicle completely to the right lane before the passing zone ends, before entering an intersection, and before oncoming traffic is within 200 feet of your vehicle.
#13. How does smoking marijuana affect a driver?
Acute marijuana use can impair driving by affecting reaction time, critical thinking, and motor skills. HS seniors who smoke marijuana are 2X more likely to receive a ticket and 65% more likely to get into a car crash than those who don’t smoke.
#14. A driver is turning at an intersection without a traffic light, and a pedestrian is crossing. Who must yield?
When pedestrians are in crosswalks, they have the right of way over motor vehicles.
The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk:
- When the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching and is within one lane of the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. Half of the roadway means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel.
- When making a left or right turn at any intersection.
- At stop signs, after coming to a complete stop and before proceeding.
- At traffic signals, even when the light is green, if pedestrians are still in crosswalk.
- When entering a street or highway from an alley, driveway, or private road.
- When approaching a blind person who is crossing a street or highway and carrying a white cane or being guided by a dog.
#15. The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to:
The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to turn your head and look over your right shoulder while backing.
Do not depend on your mirror. Back slowly.
#16. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:
You should dim (lower) your headlights when you are driving in rain, fog, snow, or smoke. Bright lights produce a glare in heavy fog, actually making it more difficult to see than when using regular headlights.
#17. When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work:
Use your emergency or parking brake, but apply gently so that you do not lock the brakes and throw your car into a skid. If you can shift to a lower gear, the engine will slow you down. You can also try rubbing tire on the curb. Look for a safe area to stop.
#18. When your view is obstructed, the law prohibits passing another vehicle:
Passing is prohibited on two-lane roads when the view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct, or tunnel.
#19. You are following a vehicle at a safe distance on a wet road. Another driver overtakes you and pulls into the gap in front of you. What should you do?
Remember to keep a safe following distance at all times.
A rear-end collision is caused by following another vehicle too closely. When following another vehicle on any street or highway, there must be enough distance for you to safely stop if the vehicle in front of you suddenly slows down or stops.
During inclement weather, during construction, during heavy traffic, and always at night, the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you should be increased.
#20. Do not enter a railroad crossing, unless:
If it won’t fit, don’t commit. Do not enter a crossing unless you can drive completely through without stopping!
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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