Michigan Permit Test – Sample Questions and Answers 2021



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#1. If your vehicle 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.


#2. Unless posted otherwise, the speed limit in a work zone is:

The speed limit in a work zone is 45 mph if posted. If a work zone is not posted for 45 mph, then the speed limit is the normal speed limit for that area.


#3. On a road with lanes separated by white lines:

White lines separate traffic lanes moving in the same direction.


#4. What is a passive railroad crossing?

Passive railroad crossings do not have flashing lights or gates to warn of approaching trains. Slow down or stop as necessary and yield to any rail traffic.


#5. If you miss your exit when leaving a freeway, you should:

If you miss your exit ramp, never back up, turn around, or use a median crossover. Instead, drive to the next exit.


#6. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help the alcohol to leave your body?

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.


#7. These pavement markings tell you that at the intersection ahead

Wide white arrows painted down the center of the traffic lane indicate the direction that the vehicle must travel. When a lane is marked with both a curved and straight arrow, turning or proceeding straight ahead is allowed. When a lane is marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#8. When should you buckle a child with another passenger into one seat belt?

Never hold a child on your lap or buckle a child with another passenger into one seat belt. Always insist children buckle their seat belts before starting the engine.


#9. What color do flag persons in construction zones wear on vests, shirts, or jackets?

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.


#10. Daily deer activity is highest:

Deer are most active in the dusk to dawn hours, so you should be especially alert while driving during those times.


#11. A truck passes you in bad weather. Spray its tires makes it difficult to see. What should you do?

Slow down if a truck or bus is passing you, especially during bad weather. Splash or spray from their tires can reduce visibility. Start your wipers before the vehicle passes.


#12. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Cross road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look in all directions for other vehicles entering or leaving the roadway.


#13. You may park your vehicle on a bridge:

Never park on or under a bridge, excluding bridges with parking meters or parking spaces.


#14. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a highway, you must:

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.


#15. A traffic light with a green arrow means:

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.


#16. It is especially important that you allow plenty of extra space in front of your vehicle when following:

Leave plenty of extra space between your vehicle and a motorcyclist, moped rider, or bicyclist ahead. They can usually stop in shorter distances than a car and may have to swerve suddenly to avoid obstacles. Allow extra maneuvering room in areas with potholes, pavement transitions and railroad crossings. Motorcyclists, moped riders, or bicyclists may need to slow down, stop, or adjust their lane position to avoid hazards.


#17. Headlights are required at any time you cannot clearly see people and vehicles for a distance of at least:

Headlights must be on any time there is not enough daylight to see people and vehicles clearly at 500 feet.


#18. At a four-way stop, a driver should always yield the right-of-way to:

You reach a four-way stop intersection with a stop sign at each corner of the intersection. The driver who arrived at the intersection and stopped first has the right of way through the intersection. If two or more vehicles reached the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on its right.


#19. What is the shape of a warning sign that tells you there is a roundabout ahead?

Four-sided diamond-shaped signs warn you of existing or possible hazards on roadways or adjacent areas.


#20. What does this sign mean?

This sign means traffic in the right lane must turn right. Traffic in the second lane should either continue driving straight or turn right.

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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.

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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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