Michigan Permit Test – Sample Questions and Answers 2021



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#1. 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.


#2. Michigan law requires a person of age 18 to use a safety belt:

By Michigan law, everyone in the front seat of a motor vehicle must wear a safety belt.


#3. What is true about braking and stopping?

Start braking early as a signal to cars behind you. A sudden stop makes it harder for drivers behind you to stop without hitting your vehicle.

If you brake hard and too quickly, you could skid and lose control of your vehicle. But remember, with an ABS-equipped car it is better to use force than to not depress hard enough.


#4. What is the best advice to a driver who has taken too many drinks?

Many people mistakenly believe that coffee, a cold shower, exercise, or fresh air can sober them up. The only thing that sobers you up is time. If you have been drinking, ask someone else to give you a ride, call a taxi, use public transportation, or seek other assistance.


#5. A HAWK signal light will show a circular green signal:

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon signals (known as HAWK signals) are a crossing device to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians. There are six steps to the HAWK signal sequence.

  • Dark: The signal stays dark until activated by a pedestrian. Proceed with caution when the signal is dark.
  • Flashing Yellow: The signal will flash yellow once it is activated. Slow down and be prepared to stop.
  • Steady Yellow: Stop. If it is unsafe to stop, proceed with caution.
  • Solid Red: Stop and remain stopped.
  • Alternately Flashing Red: Stop and proceed only when clear.
  • Dark: Signal sequence is completed, and HAWK signal turns dark until activated again.

#6. What color is the flag a flag person in a construction zone would use to direct traffic?

Flag persons (flaggers) in construction zones wear fluorescent orange-red or fluorescent yellow-green vests, shirts or jackets and use stop/slow paddles or red flags to direct traffic through work zones.


#7. To avoid lingering in a commercial driver's blind spot and taking too long to pass, you should:

Pass commercial vehicles on the left side and maintain a consistent speed when passing. Large commercial trucks have blind spots in which motorists should not linger because they are not readily visible to the commercial driver.


#8. You must yield the right-of-way:

A driver must yield the right of way for all vehicles which are part of a funeral procession.


#9. The best way to avoid last minute moves when driving is to:

A defensive driver anticipates problems ahead and is prepared to react in time. You must keep your eyes moving so that you can keep track of what is happening around you at all times. Look ahead for trouble spots and frequently check the rear view and side mirrors to keep abreast of the traffic and road conditions to the rear and sides.


#10. Your accelerator sticks and you need to stop suddenly. What is the best thing to do?

If your accelerator sticks, shift to neutral, check for traffic, steer off the roadway, apply the brakes and come to a stop. Turn off the ignition and correct the problem before proceeding. Never turn the ignition to the lock position while your vehicle is in motion.

If your accelerator sticks and you need to stop suddenly, shift to neutral and apply steady pressure to the brakes.


#11. When is it important to turn on your headlights?

Headlights must be turned on one half-hour after sunset until one half-hour before sunrise and at other times when visibility is reduced. Use your low beams when it is foggy, raining or snowing during the day.


#12. What does this sign mean?

The yield sign indicates a drive must slow down and give way to all traffic and pedestrians.


#13. You should adjust your seat and mirrors:

Before starting the engine, make sure you are seated comfortably in the driver’s seat. Make sure you and all passengers (including children) are properly buckled up. Check mirrors and adjust mirrors. Look for anything in your path.


#14. If your car starts to skid, you should ease off the gas and:

If the vehicle begins to skid, remain calm and do the following:

  • Take your foot off the accelerator and let the vehicle slow down gradually.
  • Turn the front wheels only enough to keep them pointed in the direction you want to go and no farther.
  • Be prepared for a secondary skid in the opposite direction.
  • Again, turn the wheels in the direction you want to go. Then straighten the wheels to bring the vehicle under control.

Don’t use the brake unless absolutely necessary. Slow the car gradually until it is under control.


#15. If you are on the main road when you see 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.


#16. When you see a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights beside the road, 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.


#17. The law allows parking in the following places, except:

You cannot park 10 feet of a fire hydrant (this is within 15 feet).


#18. When you see this sign, you must:

The white Do Not Pass sign will be posted on the right side. A yellow pennant sign may be posted on the left side of the road. The signs mean do not pass other vehicles.


#19. A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles:

A single broken yellow line usually marks the center line of a two-way roadway where a vehicle may pass if it is safe.


#20. Which is true about merging onto a freeway?

Signal and check for freeway traffic by using the vehicle’s rearview and side-view mirrors and quick glances over your shoulder. Choose a safe space to enter and then merge into traffic. Enter the freeway at or near the speed of traffic. Traffic on the freeway has the right-of-way. Do not count on other drivers to let you in.

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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
  Time limit: No
  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.

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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.

Very easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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.

Classroom instruction

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.

Michigan driver license

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.

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