Michigan Permit Test – Sample Questions and Answers 2021



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#1. A center lane marked for left turns only can be used:

Using a center lane for passing or merging is prohibited if the lane is marked for left turns only.


#2. What does this sign mean?

Keep Left. This sign directs traffic to the left of a roadway feature or an obstruction.


#3. What is the best protection in rollover, side impact and rear-end crashes?

For the best protection always wear a seat belt, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Seat belts remain the best protection in rollover, side impact and rear-end crashes.


#4. At an uncontrolled intersection, a pedestrian has entered the crosswalk. In this situation, you should:

As a driver, watch out and always yield the right-of-way to people walking, jogging, biking, crossing a street in the middle of a block, or darting from between parked vehicles. Watch for them and yield the right-of-way when entering a street from a driveway or alley, at stop signs, traffic signals, roundabouts, crosswalks, and intersections.


#5. What does this sign mean?

The following signs warn of a sharp turn ahead. If the turn is too sharp to drive at the posted speed limit, an advisory speed sign is attached to indicate the fastest recommended speed in ideal weather conditions.


#6. Signals and directions from a flag person in a construction zone:

Construction workers have the authority to direct traffic in work zones, and their directions should be followed even if they conflict with an existing traffic control device.


#7. 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.


#8. Traffic signs that warn a driver of temporary traffic conditions due to road works are:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.


#9. The distance it takes to stop a car changes with all of the following EXCEPT:

Your stopping distance can be affected by fatigue, how well you pay attention, the type and weight of your vehicle, the condition of your tires and brakes, the type of road surface and the weather.


#10. What is generally true about large commercial vehicles?

Commercial vehicle drivers cannot stop or maneuver their vehicles as easily as a passenger vehicle. When making right turns, they often need to swing wide.


#11. When a doctor prescribes drugs, which are likely to affect your driving, you should:

Know the contents and potential side effects of any drugs you are taking and be sure it is safe to drive when using them.

Check the label before you take a drug for warnings about its effects. If you are not sure it is safe to take the drug and drive, ask your doctor or pharmacist about any side effects.

Remember, prescription and nonprescription medications may contain substances that can adversely affect your ability to drive safely. It is illegal to drive while impaired or under the influence of prescribed and over-the-counter medications.


#12. When changing lanes, you can check your blind spot by:

Turn your head to check the blind spots before every lane change. Most cars have at least two blind spots or areas around them that you cannot see in your mirror – to the left rear and right rear of the vehicle. You cannot completely eliminate blind spots, but they can be made smaller by properly adjusting the mirrors.


#13. To avoid striking a deer on the road, you should:

Stay aware, awake, alert, and sober. Watch for deer crossing signs. Slow down if you see one deer. Deer frequently travel in groups. Chances are there are others nearby. Be especially alert for deer at dawn and dusk.


#14. There has been a car crash in the area where you live. You must:

Never park within 500 feet of a fire or a crash.


#15. When driving in a fog, you should:

When it is foggy, drive slowly. Turn on the low beam headlights. Be ready for a fast stop. If the fog becomes so thick that you cannot see at all, pull off the pavement and stop.


#16. On a sharp curve, you should use your brakes to slow your vehicle:

If a speed limit is not posted before a curve, you must judge how sharp the curve is and change your speed. Slow down before you enter the curve. Braking and turning at the same time may cause your car to skid.


#17. Before turning left or right you should signal during the last:

Signal at least 100 feet ahead of where you plan to turn. In heavy traffic or on freeways, signal sooner so drivers behind you have time to adjust their speed.


#18. When approaching an intersection where the traffic light changes from green to yellow, you must:

A yellow light means the green signal has ended and the signal is about to turn red. You are required to stop on a yellow light. If you cannot stop safely, do not speed up but drive cautiously through the intersection.


#19. Unless posted otherwise, what is the minimum speed on Michigan's freeways?

Unless posted otherwise, the minimum speed on Michigan’s freeways is 55 mph.


#20. When you see devices that warn of railroad crossings and possible oncoming trains, you should:

When you see devices that warn of railroad crossings and possible oncoming trains: slow down and be ready to stop.

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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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