Michigan Permit Test – Sample Questions and Answers 2021



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#1. What parts of a road might hold frost and ice while the rest of the road is dry?

In cold weather, bridges and underpasses freeze before the road does. They can hide spots of ice. Shaded spots on the highway may also hold frost and ice while other portions of the pavement are dry.


#2. When following an emergency vehicle using sirens and flashing red lights, you must:

Stay at least 500 feet behind any moving emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights and sounding a siren.


#3. It is a hot day. You have a sleeping child under six years in the back seat. Can you park and leave the child alone in the car?

Under Michigan law, it is illegal to leave children less than six years old unattended in a vehicle if the amount of time or circumstances in which they are left poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury. Parents or guardians who leave their children in a vehicle under the supervision of someone age 13 or older who is not legally incapacitated are not in violation of the law.

Always make sure your children are safe from harm if you must leave our vehicle!


#4. You should always allow extra room in front of your vehicle when following:

Keep a safe distance behind a truck or bus. Following a commercial vehicle too closely greatly increases the chances of a rear-end collision. When your passenger vehicle is right behind a commercial vehicle, the driver cannot see it and it severely limits what you can see on the road ahead


#5. What does a sign with eight sides mean?

Octagon (Stop): This eight-sided shape always means stop. You must come to a complete stop at the sign, stop line, pedestrian crosswalk, or curb. Wait for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the way.

The color and shape of a traffic sign communicates important information about the sign’s message. In poor visibility conditions, such as heavy fog, you may be able to make out only the shape of a sign. As you approach a sign and while still distant, you may see the color long before you can read the message or see the symbol, giving you some advance information.


#6. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

School buses, vehicles carrying passengers for hire, gasoline trucks and other vehicles carrying hazardous materials must stop and make sure no train is coming, even if there is no stop sign or railroad crossing signal.


#7. Before you start the vehicle and drive away, you should:

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.


#8. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Your stopping distance will depend upon many factors. Always consider weather, road conditions, and time of day. If the road is slick, the stopping distance required is greatly increased. Worn or bald tires increase your stopping distance. Vehicle weight, speed and condition of brakes are other important factors.


#9. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?

At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.


#10. You drink alcohol at a dinner. How many drinks does it generally take to affect your driving ability?

Drinking even one drink can impair your ability to drive, slow your reaction time, dull your concentration, and cause visual problems. When you drink alcohol or use other drugs and drive, you endanger your life as well as the lives of your passengers and other motorists.


#11. If you are involved in a collision you must show your driver license to:

You must provide your name, address, date of birth and registration number of your vehicle to other drivers involved in the crash and to any law enforcement officer at the scene. You must also show your driver’s license to any driver who asks to see it and to any law enforcement officer at the scene.


#12. A large truck is driving the middle of three lanes. If you want to pass the truck, it is best to pass:

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.


#13. You may use a bicycle lane for parking:

A bicycle lane is a portion of the roadway exclusively for bicyclists. This lane shall not be used by motorists as a driving lane or for parking.


#14. When sharing the road with a bicyclist:

When passing a pedestrian or a slow-moving vehicle, such as a bicycle, allow adequate room so that the person or vehicle is not endangered.


#15. This sign is often placed:

Slippery when wet. This sign cautions that a section of the road may be more slippery when weather conditions are bad. Make sure to slow down when the road is wet or icy. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed.

In cold weather, bridges and underpasses freeze before the road does.


#16. This sign means:

Divided highway ends. This sign is used to remind drivers that they are going from a divided highway to a two-way roadway.


#17. Which light indicates that unprotected turns are permitted?

A flashing yellow arrow allows you to turn left when oncoming traffic, which has a green light, is clear. Be sure that there is an adequate gap in the oncoming traffic and that there are no pedestrians or bicyclists crossing before making your turn.


#18. If the roadway is slippery and your car starts to skid, you should:

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.


#19. If you see orange construction signs and cones on a freeway, you must:

When you drive through a construction zone, be aware of the warning sign messages and obey them as directed. Drive defensively to avoid problems. Watch carefully for construction workers or moving equipment.


#20. When are you allowed to park your vehicle within an intersection?

Never park within intersections.

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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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