Mississippi DMV Test Practice – Permit Test Questions & Answers



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#1. If you are going to drive in heavy rain and want to avoid hydroplaning, the most important thing to check before getting behind the wheel is your:

To avoid hydroplaning, drive with properly inflated tires and be sure you have good tire tread, which helps water escape quickly through the grooves of the tire. Reduce your speed.


#2. When entering or crossing a street from an alley within a business or residence district, you must:

When leaving an alley, driveway, or building within a business or residence district you must stop immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or into the sidewalk area.


#3. When may you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

Remember that the posted speeds limits are intended only for the most ideal conditions.

You must adjust your speed according to the situation and conditions.

You must reduce your speed on curves, when approaching intersections, when on a narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic. If the weather is poor, slow down accordingly.


#4. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are areas which cannot be seen when using your mirrors. To see vehicles in the blind spots you have to turn your head and glance over your shoulder. Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off of the road ahead of you for more than an instant.

It is dangerous to drive in another motorist’s blind spot.


#5. If you are on the main road when you see this sign:

Merging Traffic sign. This sign means that an access lane/ramp merges into roadway. Other traffic lanes come together with your lane. Watch for traffic from that direction and be prepared to allow traffic to merge smoothly.


#6. Which of the following has always the right-of-way at a railroad crossing?

Trains always have the right-of-way. They have the right-of-way over ambulances, fire engines, cars, the police and pedestrians.


#7. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

Tests show that even a small amount of alcohol can change your behavior. So, if you drink, do not drive. Take a cab. Catch a bus. Get a friend to take you home.

Only time will get alcohol out of your system. Cold showers, fresh air, vitamins, black coffee and exercise will do nothing to sober you up.


#8. You approach this road sign. What does it tell you?

Divided highway ends. The road ahead has two-way traffic.


#9. A learner's permit allows you to drive unsupervised:

You may drive only when accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 years or older who is actually occupying the seat next to you.


#10. When should you turn on your headlights?

You must use your lights between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when you cannot see clearly ahead for a distance of 500 feet.

You should use headlights to see and be seen. Use them in rain, snow, fog and when it is dark.


#11. What is a suitable restraint system for a child weighing up to 20 pounds?

It is recommended that children always ride in the backseat. Children weighing up to 20 pounds should be transported in a child safety seat facing backward.


#12. What color is used for destination, direction, and distance signs?

Green and white signs indicate movements permitted and directional guidance, such as exits or business loops (distance, destination, and direction).


#13. This sign tells you that the center lane must be used for:

This sign means you may ONLY use the center lane to make left turns from either direction. The center lane is not available for normal travel or passing.


#14. In which situation are you allowed to overtake a stopped school bus?

You may proceed when the flashing red lights are no longer actuated, the hand-operated stop sign is retracted and all children have crossed the street or highway.


#15. When passing a bicyclist, you should:

Leave a safe distance of at least three (3) feet between the vehicle and bicycle when passing the bicycle. Only pass a bicycle traveling in the same direction in a non-passing zone when it is safe to do so. Do not try to share the lane with a bicyclist when passing. Reduce speed, move into the next lane and pass in the normal manner, just as you would pass a motor vehicle. If there is oncoming traffic, slow down behind the bicyclist and pass when the oncoming traffic has cleared. Leave plenty of room while passing. The wind effects from a moving vehicle can cause a bicyclist to lose control if the vehicle passes too closely. After passing a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction, make a right turn only if the turn can be made with reasonable safety. (Do not cut off a cyclist by turning in front of them.)


#16. When you park and leave your car, you must:

To park safely, set the parking brake, turn off the ignition switch, remove the keys, and put the vehicle in low gear if your transmission is standard, and park, if it is automatic. It is also advisable to raise the windows and lock the doors.


#17. What is an easy way of checking tread depth on your tires?

Take a penny and hold Abraham Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger. Select a point on your tire where the tread appears to be lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with a safe amount of tread. If the tread gets below that, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.


#18. If you want to make a right turn at an intersection ahead, your first step is to:

If you are not already in the right lane, move into the right lane well ahead of the turn.


#19. What does this sign mean?

No U-Turn.

This sign prohibits turning around in an intersection, across the center of a street or an interstate median (center) strip.

Remember that a red circle with a slash means no. The sign shows you what is not allowed.


#20. When it rains on a hot day, roads are usually most slippery:

Not everyone realizes that the opening minutes of rain or drizzle are actually the most dangerous.

The first water to hit the roadway loosens the accumulated dirt and grease. This immediately forms a mixture which quickly coats the road with a dangerously slick film. As soon as those raindrops begin to fall, slow down.


#21. A traffic officer is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs. What should you do?

Traffic signs and signals are placed on the highways and streets to control the movement of traffic and to prevent accidents. You must obey them except when an officer is directing traffic.

You must also obey instructions from flaggers in a work zone, school crossing guards, and firefighters at an emergency scene.


#22. When entering an interstate or other limited access highway it is wrong to:

Do not insist on the right-of-way.

When entering an interstate, you must yield to any approaching vehicles and never turn suddenly into the main flow of traffic.


#23. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing red light, you must:

A flashing red light has the same meaning as a stop sign. It means you must STOP completely and proceed with caution, following the rules for yielding right-of-way at intersections.


#24. When you see this sign, what should you expect ahead?

Stop ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.


#25. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that trucks gain speed quicker than cars.

In general, large trucks have longer stopping and accelerating distances.

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The Mississippi Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official knowledge exam in Mississippi:

  Test questions: 30
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers: 24
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest if you fail: 1 day (first three)

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What is Mississippi DMV Test Practice?

This Mississippi DMV test practice is a study guide to help you pass the written knowledge test for a learner’s permit or driver’s license. It is based on exam questions and answers and the information in the Mississippi Driver’s Manual published by Driver Services Bureau.

The practice test has 25 random questions drawn from a larger bank of questions, which means that each set will look slightly different.

You can take the test as many times as you want until you feel ready for the real Mississippi DMV (DPS) exam. After each question you will get instant feedback that tells you if picked the right answer or not. When your answer is wrong, there is a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer.

Your score is revealed at the end of the test. Try to reach 100% before you are fully satisfied.

Is it the Same Questions on the Real Test?

Licenseroute.com is not affiliated with Mississippi Driver Services Bureau. There is no access to the real exam questions.

The practice test, however, cover all the important subjects that may show up on your test. But both tests are random, so there is no way of telling which questions you will get on your written exam.

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Do I Need the Driver’s Manual?

The Driver’s Manual in Mississippi comes with a fee, even the online version. While some doesn’t feel that the manual is worth the money, it is your best resource when studying for the test.

Practice test should only be used as a supplement to the manual.

Remember, everything on your knowledge exam is from this manual.

How Many Questions are on the Mississippi Written Test?

The official written test in Mississippi has 30 questions, of which you must correctly answer 24; a passing score of 80%. You can miss no more than 6 questions.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail the test, you can take it again the next day at the discretion of the examiner.

Should you stumble on the last question, you may want to go back as early as possible. Just remember to read everything more carefully this time.

If you fail early on in the test, you may want to wait more than one day and dig deeper into the manual and take a lot more practice tests to prepare better.

After three failures, you must wait 30 days before you can take it again.

Is the MS Written Test timed?

There is no time limit on the test. You have plenty of time to read everything more than once. Expect the test to take about 15 minutes.

Is the MS Written Test hard?

The failure rate on the Mississippi permit test is among the highest in the country. Surveys also indicate that young test takers in Mississippi are less prepared than their peers in other states.

The test and the Mississippi Driver’s Manual have also been criticized for not being revised to modern standards.

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Can I Take the Mississippi DMV Test Online?

No, the Mississippi Driver Services Bureau does not offer online testing from the comfort of your home.

You must take the test at a service office or at a school as part of your driver education.

At What Age Can I Get a Learner’s Permit in Mississippi?

If you are enrolled in a driver education you can apply for a permit when you are 14 years old, it is known as the 14-year-old learner’s permit. It is valid for driving practice as part of your driver education. You can drive only in a school vehicle and only when accompanied by a driver education instructor.

If you are at least 15 years, you can apply for a regular learner’s permit, often referred to as the 15-to-16-year-old permit. You must bring a completed application signed by parents or guardians, a birth certificate, a Social Security card, and proof of school enrollment to a service office. After passing the written driver’s knowledge test and a vision screening, the bureau will issue a learner’s permit.

What are the Restrictions on my MS Learner’s Permit?

With a learner’s permit you cannot drive on your own. The permit can only be used for driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and is sitting in the front seat beside you.

You must always carry the permit with you when you drive.

If you are under 17 years, you must hold the permit for at least one year.

What is an Intermediate Driver License?

The intermediate license is the second phase in the Mississippi Graduated Driver Licensing program, which requires that you pass a road skills test.

If you are at least 16 years and have held a learner’s permit for at least 1 year, you may be ready for the practical driving skills test.

You must bring all documents again and pass the vision screening before the skills test. The signatures of your parents or guardians are also required again. If all documents are approved and you pass the skills test, the bureau will issue an intermediate license. This license allows you to practice driving on your own.

You can, however, not drive on your own between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday-Thursday nights or 11:30 p.m. – 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, except for driving to and from work/school.

You and all passengers must wear seat belts/child restraints while you are driving.

You must hold the intermediate license for at least six months and be at least 16 1/2 years before you can upgrade to a regular license.

At What Age Can I get a Regular MS Driver License?

To get a regular MS license, the bureau must approve all your documents. You must also pass all required examinations and meet the physical requirements.

In addition, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years 6 months and have held an intermediate license for at least six months, or
  • Be at least 17 years or older, regardless of previous permits or licenses held, or
  • Have held an out-of-state driver license for at least six months.

In general, you must also be free of certain convictions.

Must I Take the Knowledge Test a Second Time?

The result of your written knowledge test is valid for two years. If you pass the final driving exam for a regular license within two years, the Bureau will not ask for a second test. But if you wait longer than two years, you must art over and take the test again.

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