#1. If you don't pay a traffic ticket, DMV can:
In most cases, if you do not take care of a traffic ticket, your driver’s license will be suspended. Any traffic tickets for moving violations received while your license is suspended will result in additional suspensions on your driving record and payment of a reinstatement fee.
#2. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a road where you cannot move over and change lanes, you should:
When you see a stopped emergency vehicle, slow down and move over a lane if possible. If traffic or other conditions prevent you from changing lanes, you must slow down and proceed with due caution.
#3. Stop lines and crosswalks are marked with:
Solid white lines mark many pedestrian crosswalks. They are painted all the way across the pavement. Crosswalks are also indicated by white stripes placed on the road in the direction of traffic. Wide white lines painted across a traffic lane mark where you must stop your vehicle at intersections.
#4. Safe and courteous driving on a freeway include all of the following except:
Drive in the right lane except when passing, exiting to the left, or allowing another vehicle to merge onto the freeway. Always watch for vehicles merging onto the freeway. Adjusting your speed or moving safely into another lane will allow drivers to enter the freeway smoothly and safely.
#5. Skids and hydroplaning are mainly caused by:
Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. They happen when the tires can no longer grip the road. Any road that is safe under normal conditions can be dangerous when it is wet or has snow or ice on it. Most skids happen when a driver tries to turn too quickly or stop suddenly on slippery pavement.
#6. The blue areas around the truck are known as:
Large commercial trucks have blind spots or no-zones, spaces in which motorists should not linger because they are not readily visible to the commercial driver. By hanging out in a commercial vehicle’s no-zones, you are essentially hidden from the truck driver and this increases the chances that the truck could hit you when it is changing lanes or turning. These no-zones are in the front, behind and on both sides of the commercial vehicle.
#7. When you exit a roundabout, you should:
When exiting a roundabout, you should maintain a slow speed and indicate your exit by using your right turn signal. Do not accelerate until you are beyond the pedestrian crossing at the exit. Do not stop within a roundabout unless it is the only way to safely avoid a collision or other danger.
#8. When are you allowed to park your vehicle within a crosswalk?
Never park within a crosswalk.
#9. On which side should you pass a barricade with this panel?
The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to which the traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Conversely, stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.
#10. What is the meaning of this sign?
Merging Traffic sign. This sign is posted where two lanes come together to form one lane.
if you are on the main road and see this sign, be prepared for other cars and trucks entering into your lane.
#11. When can you legally drive around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?
You must remain stopped until the gates are raised, signals stop flashing, bells stop ringing and you are sure that all tracks are clear. Do not drive through, around or under any railroad crossing system.
#12. You end up in a lane marked for turns only when you want to go straight through the intersection. What should you do?
Wide white arrows painted down the center of the traffic lane indicate the direction that the vehicle must travel. If you end up in a lane marked for turns only when you want to go straight through the intersection, you must make the turn.
#13. If there is an oncoming vehicle in your lane, you can make a dangerous situation worse if you:
Look for an escape route on the right edge of the road. Try not to go to the left since the other driver may see you and return to his or her proper lane.
#14. If your car is equipped with air bags, you should:
For the best protection always wear a safety belt, even in vehicles equipped with air bags.
#15. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:
Reduce your speed. Allow extra space between your car and the car ahead. Do not brake or turn suddenly. Use a low gear when going down steep hills. Be careful on bridges and overpasses. These areas freeze first and dry out last. Do not use your cruise control.
#16. You should always look ahead of the vehicle the distance it will travel in:
A defensive driver anticipates problems ahead and is prepared to react in time. Look ahead of the vehicle about 12 seconds worth of travel time down the road.
#17. If you are in a left turn lane and facing a traffic signal with a steady green arrow, oncoming traffic has:
A steady green arrow means you may proceed with caution in the direction of the arrow if the way is clear. Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the intersection. Traffic coming toward you should stop.
This is known as a protected turn, meaning all oncoming or conflicting traffic is stopped by a red light. When the green light is lit, turning drivers may complete their turn when oncoming traffic has cleared.
#18. When the posted speed limit is 70 mph, you should avoid driving slower than:
When the posted speed limit is 70 mph, the minimum speed limit is 55 mph.
#19. A regulation sign that tells you to keep right has which shape?
Vertical signs, including square signs, are generally used for regulatory signs. They give instructions or tell you the rules of the road. Some warning signs may also have this shape.
In the horizontal position, the signs generally give directions or information.
#20. This sign tells you:
This sign means no left turn. If the arrow points to the right, the sign means no right turn.
Michigan SOS Driver’s Knowledge Test
Quick facts about the Michigan written test for your learner’s permit or full driver’s license:
|Number of Questions:||80
20 (segment 2 test)
|Correct answers needed:||56
14 (segment 2 test)
|Passing score:||70 percent|
|Earliest center retest upon failure:||1 day (new fee)|
This Michigan Permit Practice Test
The basic Michigan knowledge test about road rules, traffic laws, and highway signs has 80 questions. For test takers under 18 years it is part of the Segment 1 education course. Older drivers take the test at a service center.
The practice test at this website is limited to 20 questions in each set. To cover all items in the Michigan Driver’s Manual “What Every Driver Must Know , you should take at least a handful of practice tests.
Each set of practice questions is randomly created from a large pool of permit questions. You can take this test over and over again with slightly new questions each time.
With every answer there is a quick feedback that tells you if your answer was correct or not. If you got it wrong, there is also a brief explanation to help you understand the correct answer. Use this to dig deeper int to the handbook.
The practice test is designed to help you study and give you an idea of the kind of questions Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) will ask on the real examination. Try to use the test as a learning tool and not as a way of simply memorizing important questions and answers.
While the questions cover all important items in the Michigan handbook, they are not inclusive of all questions that can be asked on the official knowledge test. Since both the practice test and the real test are random, you will never know which questions you will get. But the more you practice, the more you will cover, and the better your chances on the real examination.
Good to Know about the Michigan Written Test for Adults
The test is not timed, but at a service center SOS will allow one hour for you to complete the basic exam. Expect the test to take about 20-30 minutes.
If you fail the Michigan 80-question test, you can take it again the next day. A new fee is required each time you take the test.
In the unlikely event of three failures, you must start over with a new application.
If you don’t understand English well enough to take test in English, you should contact your SOS service center and inquire if the test is available in your language.
Is the Michigan Permit Test Hard?
Even if the basic test has 80 questions, more than any other state, the difficulty level is graded as “very easy”.
With a 70% passing score, you can afford 24 errors on the test. If you just prepare well and read carefully, you will pass the examination, even if you don’t take any classroom instructions.
Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Program
The Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program includes all new drivers under 18 years.
The program includes two segments of driver education with a knowledge test at the end of each course. These tests are often called the Segment 1 and Segment 2 exams.
At the end of the segment 1 course, you must pass the standard knowledge test with 80 questions about road rules, traffic laws, safe driving, and road signs. You must correctly answer 56 of the 80 questions.
To get your certificate after the segment 2 class, you must correctly answer 14 out of 20 questions about safety on the road and the dangers of distracted, impaired, fatigue and emotional driving. The purpose of the test is the make young drivers aware of the risks they may encounter when they hit the road.
The program also has three licensing levels:
Level 1 license: a supervised learner’s license.
Level 2 license: an intermediate license with driving restrictions.
Level 3 license: a full-privilege driver’s license.
The purpose of the system is to teach young drivers to drive by gradually increasing their driving privileges as they advance through the system.
If you are 18 years or older you can bypass the GDL program.
Michigan Segment 1 Education Course
Driver Education Segment 1 includes:
At least 24 hours of classroom instruction.
No less than six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.
No less than four hours of observation time as a passenger in a training vehicle.
With a learner’s license at this level, you can only drive while accompanied by a driver instructor, licensed parent, legal guardian, or designated licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
You are also restricted from using your cell phone. Unlike many other states, you may, however, use a voice-operated system that is integrated into the vehicle. You may also use any cell phone report an emergency, serious road hazards, or a crime.
To start your segment 1 course, you must be at least 14 years and 8 months. You must also have your application approved by a parent or legal guardian.
Michigan Segment 2 Education Course
The second phase of the Michigan GDL program means that you must complete the segment 2 course.
The segment 2 class includes:
A minimum of 6 hours of instruction.
To be eligible for the segment 2 class, you must first:
Hold your level 1 license for a minimum of 3 consecutive months.
Complete at least 30 hours of supervised driving, of which 2 hours must be at night.
After passing the segment 2 course, you are ready to take the road skills test. In addition to passing the course, you must:
Be at least 15 years old.
Have held your learner’s license for at least six months
Have completed 50 hours of supervised driving, including 10hours at night.
Michigan Level 2 License
After passing the road skills test, you will get a level 2 driver’s license that allows you to drive alone.
To help you stay safe on the road, the intermediate driver’s license has some restrictions:
Not drive at night.
You cannot drive alone between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you:
drive to or from or in the course of employment,
drive to or from an authorized activity, like a school activity, or
are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or a licensed driver at least 21 years who is designated by the parent or legal guardian.
Not drive with more than 1 passenger under 21 years.
You cannot drive with more than one passenger who is under 21 years unless passengers are immediate family members.
Just like the night curfew, exceptions to the passenger restriction exist when you are driving to or from work, in the course of an employment, to or from an authorized activity, or are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or a designated licensed driver at least 21 years.
Your Full Michigan Level 3 Driver’s License
To be eligible for the full unrestricted Michigan license, you must be at least 17 years old and have held the Level 2 License for at least six months.
You must also have driven 12 consecutive months without any moving violation, at-fault crash, license suspension, or violation of GDL restrictions.
There are no state-imposed license restrictions for the Level 3 License, although parents may request to delay advancing their teen to a Level 3 License if the parent feels the teen is not yet ready.