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#1. Montana law requires safety belt use:

No person may drive a motor vehicle in Montana unless each occupant is wearing a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt. Children up to age 6 and 60 pounds must be buckled in a child safety seat.


#2. Passing another vehicle on the right is allowed if:

Passing on the right is legal only when the vehicle you are passing is making or about to make a left turn, or on a road with unobstructed pavement wide enough for two or more lanes of vehicles legally going in the same direction as the vehicle you are passing.

Remember, if you pass on the right, the other driver may have difficulty seeing you and might suddenly change lanes in front of you.


#3. When are you allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

Gates are used with flashing light signals at certain crossings. Stop when the lights begin to flash before the gates lower across your road lane. Remain stopped until the gates are raised, and the lights stop flashing.


#4. What kind of sign is this?

This is an advisory speed sign. It shows a suggested safe speed.


#5. When you see this sign you should be prepared for:

Range Cattle.

Where there are no fences, cattle and horses may be on the highway.


#6. An orange and red sign like this on a vehicle means:

Any slow-moving vehicle or equipment, animal-drawn vehicle, or road construction or maintenance machinery normally operating at or under 25 miles per hour must display a triangle of fluorescent yellow-orange color. If you spot these vehicles early, you have time to change lanes or slow down safely. Slowing suddenly can cause a traffic accident.


#7. Drinking just one drink of alcohol

If you drink alcohol, even a little, your chances of being in a crash are much greater than if you did not drink any alcohol.

Remember, even one drink of alcohol can affect your driving. With two or more drinks in your bloodstream you are impaired and could be arrested.


#8. What is the meaning of this sign?

Side Road Ahead.

Side road enters highway ahead at an angle. This type of sign is used in advance of an intersection to indicate the presence of an intersection and the possibility of turning or entering traffic.


#9. You are in the right-hand lane and want to turn right at an intersection. You see this sign at the corner. What should you do?

No right turn. You cannot make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#10. What is the best thing to do if you start to feel tired while driving?

Never drive if you are sleepy. It is better to stop and take a nap than to take a chance thinking you can stay awake. If possible, switch driving tasks with another driver so you can sleep while they drive.


#11. What should you do when you approach a work zone?

Various traffic control devices are used in construction and maintenance work areas to direct drivers or pedestrians safely through the work zone and to provide for the safety of the highway workers. Stay alert and be prepared to slow down or stop, as needed. Watch for slower speeds limits. Keep a safe following distance to the vehicle ahead.


#12. What can you do to help prevent injured persons from going into shock at the scene of an accident?

To prevent an injured person from going into shock, cover the individual with a blanket or warm clothing such as a coat or jacket.


#13. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

If a tire suddenly goes flat, hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Do not stop on the road if at all possible. Pull off the road in a safe place.


#14. To control speed and save brakes when going down a steep hill, you should:

When coming to a steep downhill, check your brakes and slow down. You may need to shift into a lower gear to control speed and save brakes. Never coast in neutral or with your foot on the clutch.


#15. The law in this state says

The law says who must yield the right-of-way. It does not give anyone the right-of-way.

When you can prevent a crash by yielding the right-of-way, regardless of who was supposed to yield, it is of course the right thing to do. You must do everything you can to prevent striking a pedestrian or another vehicle, regardless of the circumstances.


#16. When changing lanes, it is important to:

When changing lanes, it is important to check your blind spot. Your blind spot is the area of the road you cannot see without moving your head and looking over your shoulder.


#17. During a rainfall on a hot day, when are road surfaces usually most slippery?

If it starts to rain on a hot day, pavement can be very slippery for the first few minutes. Heat causes the oil in the asphalt to come to the surface. The road is more slippery until the oil is washed off.


#18. A curb painted red means:

No stopping, standing, or parking.


#19. What should you do when following a motorcycle on gravel roads?

Increase your following distance when following motorcycles. If the motorcycle should fall over, you need extra distance to avoid hitting the rider. The chances of a fall are greatest on wet or icy roads, gravel roads, or on metal surfaces such as bridges, gratings, or streetcar or railroad tracks.


#20. After you have made a small turn or lane change, you should:

After you have made a turn or lane change, make sure your turn signal is off. After small turns, the signals may not turn off by themselves. Turn it off if it has not clicked off by itself. If you don’t, other drivers might think you plan to turn again.


#21. if you need to stop quickly without Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), you should:

Without ABS you can cause the vehicle to go into a skid if you brake too hard.

If you must stop quickly and you do NOT have an antilock braking system, remember the following:

  • Apply the brakes as hard as you can without locking them.
  • If the brakes lock-up, you will feel the vehicle start to skid. Quickly let up on the brake pedal.
  • As soon as the vehicle stops skidding, push down on the brake pedal again. Keep doing this until the vehicle has stopped.

#22. You are driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:

You may turn left into a left-moving, one-way street if there is no sign to prohibit the turn.

Remember, do not turn against traffic.


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

A steady green arrow means that you have a protected turning movement. Oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light as long as the green arrow is lighted. Turn in the direction the arrow is pointing after you yield to any vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian still in the intersection.

If there is no green arrow, left and right turning traffic is unprotected and must yield right of way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.


#24. White lines separate traffic:

Multiple lanes of travel in the same direction are separated by white lane markings.

A dashed (broken) white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe to do so.

A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you are discouraged from changing lanes.

Double solid white lines prohibit lane-changing.

Solid white lines are also used along the side of the road show you where the outside edge of the travel lane is located.


#25. Montana's General Speed Rule says:

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. You must drive at a speed that is safe for conditions.

Montana Code says you must drive at a speed no greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions existing.


#26. 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.


#27. In Montana, headlights are required:

In Montana, headlights must be used from one half hour after sunset until one half hour before sunrise, and at any other time when persons and vehicles are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet.


#28. You can legally drive in a carpool lane if you are:

HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicles and indicates lanes reserved for vehicles with more than one person in them. Signs say how many people must be in the vehicle, as well as the days and hours to which it applies. For example, HOV 3 means that there must be at least three people in the vehicle.


#29. Which light indicates that you must always come to a complete stop at an intersection?

A steady red signal means stop.

When entering a two-way street, you may cautiously turn right after stopping. You may make the right turn unless a sign or police officer tells you not to turn against the red light.

When entering a one-way street from a one-way street, you may also turn left after stopping.


#30. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:

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.


#31. Signs with fluorescent yellow-green background mark:

Fluorescent yellow-green is used for high emphasis warning of school, pedestrian, and bicycling activity.


#32. When entering a high-speed roadway you should check traffic by:

As you approach the highway, watch for vehicles around you. Use your mirrors and turn your head to look quickly over your shoulder before changing lanes or merging in traffic. If another vehicle is ahead of you on the entrance ramp, be ready in case it slows or stops without warning.


#33. If a law enforcement officer pulls you over on an interstate, you should stop:

Move your vehicle onto the right shoulder of the road. Do not move onto the center median. Do not stop in the center median of the interstate or on the opposite side of a two-lane road. This places both the driver and the officer in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic.

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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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