Illinois Written Test for Your Permit – Road Rules & Traffic Laws



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#1. If you are 21 years or older, it is legal to drive with an open alcoholic beverage container if the container is:

It is illegal to have alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle if the container has been opened.


#2. Unless otherwise posted, what is the legal speed limit in a city?

Legal speed limit in a city and town area is 30 mph.


#3. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

It is important to obey the orders of a police officer, firefighter, highway authority official or uniformed adult school crossing guard who is directing traffic or performing his or her official duties .

Also, obey special signs or instructions from workers (flaggers) in work zones.


#4. If your speed is 35 mph, how far will your car travel in three seconds?

If your speed is 35 mph, your car will travel 52 feet in one second.


#5. If your car is equipped with an airbag on the passenger side, you should:

If your car is equipped with an airbag on the passenger side, put children in the back seat. Never use a rear-facing child passenger restraint system in the front seat of an airbag-equipped vehicle.


#6. Drivers are not required to yield to pedestrians in an unmarked crosswalk.

A driver must yield to a pedestrian when the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk on the driver’s side of the roadway and there are no traffic control signals.


#7. What should you do when you see this sign?

There is a work area ahead. Drive with extra caution.

Arrow boards warn the motorist of an upcoming lane closure, or caution when construction is ahead.


#8. If you rear-end the car in front of you, you were probably:

Following a vehicle too closely or tailgating is the cause of most rear-end collisions. Use the three-second rule to determine a safe following distance. The three-second rule also applies to your speed when you are on a good road and during good weather


#9. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

A thumping sound may be a warning of a blowout. If this happens, ease your foot off the gas pedal and keep a firm grasp on the steering wheel. Do not brake suddenly. When you have full control, pull safely off the roadway and check your tires.


#10. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road:

Avoid aggressive drivers and potentially dangerous situations. If you encounter an angry or aggressive motorist:

  • Do not retaliate or in any way engage the other driver. Get out of the way.
  • Do not make eye contact.
  • Keep your doors locked and your windows up.
  • Keep enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you to pull out from behind.
  • Do not underestimate a driver’s potential for aggression.

#11. Passing another vehicle on a two-lane, two-way roadway is not allowed:

Passing on a two-lane, two-way roadway is not allowed in a construction zone. All constructions zones in Illinois are no passing zones.


#12. What should you do if you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured?

Help any injured person if necessary or requested. First, protect the person from traffic, then cover the injured person for comfort and to avoid shock. Do not move an injured person unless absolutely necessary. Do not attempt to give first aid unless you have been trained in it. Call 911 immediately.


#13. Always turn your front wheels away from the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb (toward the travel lane) and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.


#14. What does a solid white line between lanes mean?

Solid white lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Crossing a solid white line requires special care and is discouraged.


#15. If you become stranded in a winter storm, what should you do?

Plan ahead for winter driving. Carry a blanket, food and other survival equipment, such as a shovel, in your vehicle in case you become stranded. If you become stranded, remain in your vehicle. Run your engine only for brief times, and open your window to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your vehicle tailpipe is free of snow and debris.


#16. You intend to turn right at the next intersection. Just before turning you should:

Scan for bicyclists in traffic, particularly at intersections. When turning right, check your blind spot for bicyclists before initiating the turn.

You must signal at least 100 feet before reaching the corner.


#17. A traffic signal with a yellow arrow means:

The constantly lit yellow arrow means the green arrow is ending or that the light is about to turn red.


#18. When you see a truck preparing for a right turn ahead, you should:

Stay behind trucks making right turns. Trucks often make wide right turns. Never try to pass on the right-hand side or you might get squeezed between the truck and the side of the road.


#19. Do not cross railroad tracks if:

Never move onto a railroad track unless you are certain you can drive across safely. Be careful not to get trapped on railroad tracks by a line of vehicles backed up by a traffic signal.


#20. What should you do when overtaking a motorcycle?

A vehicle driver should remember that the motorcyclist needs the room to maneuver safely and is entitled to the entire lane.

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Illinois Written Test Specifics

Key numbers for your official Illinois Written Test:

Number of Questions: Part I (Traffic signs): 15
Part II (Traffic laws): 20
Total: 35
Correct answers needed: 28
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: No limit
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

The Test has Two Parts

The Illinois written knowledge examination consists of two parts.

The first part has 15 questions asking about common traffic signs described in “Rules of the Road”.

The second part has 20 multiple-choice or true-false questions about Illinois traffic laws and safe driving techniques.

This practice test addresses the second part of the written examination.

How hard is the Illinois Permit Test?

The failure rate on the Maryland permit test is about 10%, which means that only one out of 10 fails the test the first time.

Test difficulty is graded very easy, which doesn’t mean that should not do your best to prepare for the examination.

Very easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

How to Study for the Illinois Written Test

1   Download the manual Rules of the Road .

“Rules of the road” describes all rules and traffic laws you must learn to pass your written knowledge examination. All answers to test questions are found in this manual.

You can get your copy from any service center or download a PDF-version online.

The booklet is written with the knowledge examination in mind. The language is simplified and does not cover all laws or explain every possible situation that you may face while driving on Illinois highways. It is intended as a tool for new drivers to help them learn the essential driving rules and help them pass the knowledge test.

Everything in the manual is there for a reason and you should expect questions to be drawn from all parts of the manual.

2   Use practice tests as a supplement to the manual.

These practice tests are a supplement to the manual. They don’t replace the manual.

It may be tempting to skip reading the manual and try to learn all rules from the practice tests only.

Even if practice tests and cheat sheets cover all important items on the written examination, test questions and answers don’t always put facts in a context. By reading the manual you will get a better understanding of safety rules and why you should use them.

This practice test and the signs identification test are randomized, which means that questions are drawn from a larger bank of test questions. Every time you take the test it will be slightly different and show you new questions.

Don’t forget to take both the sign identification test and the rules test when you prepare for your exam.

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3   Give it time.

Whenever you learn something new, your brain needs time to absorb all the new information.

The more you spread out your study sessions over time, the better the information will stick for the exam and for your future driving.

You should also try to be active when studying for your permit test.

By quizzing yourself or have someone else ask questions, you can answer with your own words which improves learning. It is also an advantage to engage in discussions about traffic laws. Again, you will be able to put your own words to important facts about driving

Here are some common subjects you may want to discuss in a classroom or with family and friends:

    What are some major contributory factors to accidents?
    Why do teen drivers have a higher accident rate?
    What does the right of way mean?
    What is distracted driving?

What You Should Know about the Test

  You are allowed three attempts to pass.

Within one year from the date you paid the application fee you have three attempts to pass the knowledge test. A new application fee is required for additional attempts.

  Don’t try to cheat.

An examiner will give you a warning if you bring papers or books to the testing area. They will also interfere if you pick up your cell phone while taking the exam. Taking photos of test questions is considered cheating.

If you are found cheating, the test is marked as a failure and you will be prohibited from retaking it for 30 days.

Taking the test for another person is a criminal offense punishable by a fine and a mandatory minimum seven days in jail.

  There is no time limit.

The test is not timed, and the average test taker finishes in about 15 minutes. It still gives you plenty of time to read every question twice.

Test takers who fail the test often argues that they didn’t read a question all the way through and picked the wrong answer by mistake.

It is a good idea to carefully read every question and all choices. Don’t be overconfident and pick the first answer that looks right. Check to make sure your answer makes sense.

  Aim for a passing score on both parts of the test.

New drivers usually fails on the second part of the test. Use practice tests until you can comfortably reach a full score on both parts.

  It may not be over just because you passed.

You must take a knowledge test every 8 years to renew your license, unless you have a clean driving record with no traffic convictions.

Bookmark these tests and you can return to them when it is time to take the exam again.

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