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

A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are allowed, but you must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Oncoming traffic has a green light. You must determine if there is a safe gap before turning.


#2. If your gas pedal sticks, it is extremely dangerous to:

If your gas pedal sticks and the motor keeps going faster and faster, keep your eyes on the road. Quickly shift to neutral. Pull off the road when you have slowed down and when it is safe to do so. Turn off the engine.

Never turn your vehicle’s ignition to the lock position while it is still in motion. This will cause the steering to lock if you try to turn the steering wheel, and you will lose control of your vehicle.


#3. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?

No single speed is safe in all situations. In addition to the posted speed limit, you must consider road conditions, visibility conditions and the flow of other traffic in choosing a safe speed to drive.


#4. You are on a two-lane highway. There is a bicyclist in front of you and a car approaching from the other direction. What is the best thing to do?

If there is oncoming traffic, slow to the speed of the cyclist and wait for it to be safe to pass.

When possible, take potential hazards one at a time. For example, if you are overtaking a bicycle and an oncoming vehicle is approaching, slow down and let the vehicle pass first so that you can give extra room to the bicycle. Remember, when you cannot separate risks and must deal with two or more at the same time, compromise by giving the most room to the worst danger. Since the child is more likely to move suddenly than the oncoming cars, the child is the greater danger, and you need a larger space cushion to the right.

Avoid blowing your horn at a bicyclist except in an emergency.


#5. When driving past a school, slow down and watch for children:

When driving past a school, slow down and watch for children day and night. Kids go back to use the playground at all hours. Develop the habit of checking your speed when nearing any school. Be alert!


#6. At speeds above 40 mph, your following distance behind a motorcyclist should be:

Following distance behind the motorcyclist should be at a two second count when traveling at speeds under 40 mph and a four second count for speeds above 40 mph. If the roadway is slippery or wet, increase your following distance even more.


#7. You approach this road sign. What does it indicate?

Reduction of lanes. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly. Right lane ends.


#8. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing yellow light, you must:

A flashing yellow signal means proceed with caution. You do not need to stop for a flashing yellow light, but It usually means you need to slow down.


#9. When being stopped by a law enforcement officer:

If a law enforcement officer pulls you over:

  • Acknowledge the officer’s presence by turning on your right turn signal.
  • Move your vehicle onto the right shoulder of the road.
  • Stop in well-lit areas when possible. Pull your vehicle as far off the road as possible.
  • End your cell phone conversation and turn off your radio.
  • Remain inside your vehicle unless otherwise directed by the officer.
  • Place your hands in clear view (including all passengers’ hands)

#10. Which is true about sharing the road with a bicyclist?

Motorists must grant people operating bicycles the same rights as the operators of any vehicle legitimately using Montana roadways.

Bicyclists also have the same responsibilities as other road users.


#11. When driving on a clear night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in town.

Use high beams on rural highways when there are no other vehicles nearby.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.


#12. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop:

If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.


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

Remember to turn on your headlights whenever you have trouble seeing others. If you have trouble seeing them, they may be having trouble seeing you. On rainy, snowy, or foggy days, it is sometimes hard for other drivers to see your vehicle. In these conditions, headlights make your vehicle easier to see. Remember, if you turn on your wipers, turn on your headlights.


#14. All children must buckled in a child safety seat until they are:

Children up to age 6 and 60 pounds must be buckled in a child safety seat. Booster seats are recommended for older children until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt fits properly, which is usually when children are about four feet nine inches tall.


#15. If you let your driver's license expire, you entitled to drive:

If your license has expired, it is not valid for operation of a motor vehicle. A renewal may be completed within three months after the expiration without retesting.

If you are found driving after the expiration date, you are driving in violation of the law and you could receive a citation.


#16. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing?

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down, look, listen, and be prepared to stop. Do not assume that a train is not coming even if you have never seen one at that crossing before. That is one of the leading causes of fatalities at railroad crossings.


#17. Which is true about a lane with double-dashed yellow lines?

Reversible lanes.

You may find some travel lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double dashed yellow lines. A green arrow means you can use the lane beneath it – a red X means that you may not.


#18. What are the best ways of dealing with social drinking situations?

There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Arrange to go with two or more people and agree that one of you will not drink alcohol. You can rotate among the group being a Designated Driver. If available, you might take public transportation or a cab.


#19. You are driving on a highway when it starts to rain. What should you do?

Slow down at the first sign of rain, snow, or sleet. These all make the roadway slippery. When the road is slippery, the vehicle’s tires do not grip as well as they do on a dry road. Increase the distance from the car ahead of you. Turn on your windshield wipers, headlights, and defroster, as needed.


#20. Whenever you stop your car and go into a store to make a quick purchase, you:

Drivers are responsible for making sure that their vehicle is not a hazard when it is parked. Turn off the engine. Always set your parking brake when you park. Leave the vehicle in gear if it has a manual transmission or in park if it has an automatic transmission. Never leave the ignition keys in a parked vehicle. It is a good habit to lock the doors whenever you leave your vehicle.


#21. A sign with this shape means:

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


#22. If you see this sign in front of you, it tells you that:

This sign prohibits the driver from entering a restricted road section.

You will see the sign at roadway openings that you should not enter such has exit ramps where you would be going in the wrong direction, in crossovers on divided roadways and at numerous locations on one-way streets.

If you enter, you will be going against traffic and most likely see a wrong way sign farther from the crossroad.

The sign is square, not round.


#23. Never back your car:

Never back up on controlled access highways.

Remember, you should never back up or stop in any travel lane for any reason.


#24. On a highway, you should look farther ahead than you would on a city street:

In order to avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn, you should look well down the road. By looking ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save fuel, help keep traffic moving at a steady pace, and allow yourself time to better see around your vehicle and alongside the road. Looking well down the road will also help you to steer straighter with less weaving. Safer drivers tend to look at least 10 seconds ahead of their vehicle.


#25. It is against the law to cross a double solid yellow center line:

Two solid yellow lines mean no passing. You may not cross the lines unless you are making a left turn. You must also obey instructions from a flagger in a work zone when your side of the road is closed or blocked.


#26. Where can you expect to see this sign?

The pass-with-care sign indicates the end of the no-passing zone. When you have passed this sign, you are again allowed to pass other vehicles with care.


#27. When you enter city traffic from a full stop (pulling away from the curb), you should:

Whenever you cross or enter city traffic from a full stop, you will need a large enough gap (from cars approaching in either direction) to get up to the speed of other vehicles.


#28. If the pavement is wet when you approach this sign, you could skid if you:

Slippery when wet.

Pavement is unusually slick when wet. Reduce your speed, do not brake hard or change directions suddenly. Increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses.


#29. When you are very tired (fatigued):

When you are tired, you cannot drive as safely as when you are rested. You do not see as well, and you are not as alert as when you are rested. It takes you more time to make decisions and you do not always make good decisions. You can be more irritable and can get upset more easily.

Stop and rest. Never drive if you are sleepy.


#30. If you were involved in a collision in which someone was injured or killed, a written report to the Highway Patrol:

You must report to the Highway Patrol if there is an injury, a death, or property damage of $1,000 or more to one person’s property. Accident forms are at law enforcement agencies or available from most insurance agents. You must file the report within 10 days of the accident.

Remember, at scene of the accident you must immediately notify law enforcement if anyone is injured or killed, or property damage is $500 or more.


#31. You approach an intersection with a stop sign and a stop line painted across the pavement. You must:

When required to stop because of a sign or signal, you must stop before a stop line on the pavement. If there is no stop line, stop before entering the nearest crosswalk or before entering the intersection if there is no crosswalk.


#32. You are driving in the left lane of an interstate. What is the safest way to take the next exit on the right?

If you want to cross several lanes, take them one at a time. Like going up or down stairs one step at a time, it is safest and easiest to merge one lane at a time.

It is very difficult to determine that all the lanes are free and safe to cross. If you wait until all the lanes are clear, you can tie up traffic and even cause a crash.


#33. After passing a vehicle, it is safe to return to your lane when:

Before you return to the driving lane, be sure to leave enough room between yourself and the vehicle you have passed. When you can see both headlights of the vehicle you have just passed in your rear-view mirror, it is safe to return to the driving lane. Do not count on having enough time to pass several cars at once. Also, do not count on other drivers making room for you or maintaining their speed.

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Montana MVD Written Test

Quick facts about your driver’s written exam in Montana:

  Number of Questions: 33
  Correct answers needed: 27
  Passing score: 82 percent
  Time limit: None
  Earliest retest upon failure: No official rule

500+ Montana Test Questions

This Montana practice test has 33 questions to help you pass the written knowledge test for a learner’s permit or full driver’s license.

Just like the real written test, this practice test pulls random questions from a large pool of exam questions, which makes each set of questions unique and gives you a chance to practice until you feel comfortable with all answers.

Montana Driver Manual

Study the Montana Driver Manual

Everything on your written knowledge test is based on the information you can find in the Montana Driver Manual issued by Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

The easiest way to pass your knowledge test is to start by getting the latest version of the manual. If you sign up for a driver education, they will provide you with a copy. You can also get a copy from any MVD service center or download a PDF-version online .

Reading the manual is a must. You are less likely to pass your exam without a good understanding of Montana traffic laws and common rules of the road.

Written Test Practice

The purpose of the written test practice is to help you study and prepare you for the real examination.

You need to correctly answer 27 of the 33 multiple-choice question on the exam. That is a passing score slightly above 80%, which is higher than in most states .

The failure rate on the Montana written test is also higher than in many other states.

So, it is a good idea to prepare well for the test.

Take a few practice tests per day over the course of a week and you will probably see how your score improves over time.

Try to focus on understanding questions and answers, don’t just rush through each test to get a passing score.

The Real Montana Written Exam

When new drivers fail the real exam, they often say that they didn’t read carefully enough. It is common to be nervous before the test and just want to get it over with. Slowing down can help you stay focused.

Read the directions thoroughly and carefully read all answers before making a choice. There is nothing worse than realizing you missed a question just because you picked an answer too quickly.

This is especially true if you see the old-fashioned test choices like “none of the above” or “all of the above” on your exam. Creators of multiple-choice tests tend to only use these options when there are many things you should do or many things you must not do. Ask yourself if there are several possible answers to the question. There usually is.

There is no time limit on the test, so you are not in a hurry. Most test takers finish in about 15 minutes.

If you fail your exam, you can take it again the next day if there are available appointments or if your examiner allows you to do so. Sometimes, it can be a smart move to wait just a few days more. You don’t want to fail the test twice.

The Montana written test is a close book test. You cannot use your manual, any notes, or electronic devices during the test.

Montana MVD does not offer home testing. You must take the test as part of a driver education or at a MVD office.

Is the Montana Written Test hard?

Failure rate is approximately 30%. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

A Montana Driver’s License is a Privilege

Remember these points about your MT Driver’s License or Learner’s Permit.

  A driver’s license is a privilege, not a right, and the privilege comes with responsibilities.

  Anyone who drives a motor vehicle on public roadways in Montana must have a driver’s license (or learner license)

  You may have only one valid license at any time.

  You must always have the license in your possession when you drive.

  It is against the law to loan your license to anyone.

  When you move to Montana and become a resident you must get a Montana driver’s license within 60 days.

  A Montana Class D driver’s license is valid for a maximum of four to eight years.

The Montana Graduated Driver Licensing Program

Like all other states, Montana has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. It effects all new drivers under 18 years.

GDL is a three-step progressive program that allows new drivers to develop and improve their driving skills over time. By introducing driving restrictions such as night curfews and passenger restrictions, the program helps reduce the crash risk for teen drivers.

GDL Step 1: The Instruction Permit

  You must be at least 14 years, 6 months

If you are enrolled in or have successfully completed a state-approved traffic education program, you can get your permit as part of the program when you are 14 ½ years old.

Without a traffic education program, you can get a learner license from a driver exam station if you are 16 years old.

  You must pass the written test

You must pass a vision screening and the written test. You cannot have been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, alcoholic, or a habitual user of illegal drugs.

  You cannot drive alone

With a learner license you cannot drive alone. You must always be supervised by a licensed parent or guardian, or a licensed adult driver who is authorized by the parent or guardian.

You should apply for a learner license at the MVD if other licensed adults should be allowed to supervise your driving during this phase.

  You must practice driving for at least 50 hours

With your learner license you must log at least 50 hours of supervised driving, of which at least 10 hours must be at night.

  You must hold the learner license for 6 months

Before you can apply for a first-year restricted license, you must hold your learner license for at least six months or until you are 18 years.

  All occupants must wear seat belts

GDL Step 2: First-Year Restricted License

The first-year restricted license is also known as an intermediate license.

If you are under 18 years, you can apply for this license if you held your learner license for at least six months and if you successfully completed step 1, including 50 hours of supervised driving.

You cannot have any traffic violations or alcohol/drug offenses in the six-month period before advancing to this step.

The license comes with the following restrictions:

  You cannot drive alone at night

You cannot drive unsupervised between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am. There are limited exceptions to this rule, like going to and from work.

  You can drive with only a limited number of non-family passengers under 18 years

For the first six months, you can drive with only one non-family passenger under 18 years. During the second six months, you can drive with no more than three non-family passengers under 18 years.

The passenger restrictions don’t apply if you are supervised by a licensed parent or guardian, or a licensed adult driver who is authorized by the parent or guardian.

  All occupants must wear seat belts

GDL Step 3: Full-Privilege Driver License

The first-year restricted license restrictions automatically end on the date indicated on the back of driver license (typically, one year), or when the individual turns 18 years old, whichever occurs first.

Practice for your Montana driver license test

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