Tennessee Written Test Practice – 2021 – 500 Questions



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#1. Parking is not allowed:

It is illegal to park in front of a public or private driveway.


#2. Driving under the influence of typical marijuana is:

Studies indicate that marijuana and other drugs affect judgment and motor functions. In Tennessee, it is unlawful for any person to drive under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drugs producing stimulating effects on the central nervous system.


#3. 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.


#4. 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.


#5. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling in the opposite direction on an undivided roadway, you must:

You must stop no closer than 25 feet from the bus.


#6. Traffic signs that show construction and maintenance warnings 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.


#7. Lane-hopping or weaving in and out of traffic:

Change lanes when necessary, but do not weave in and out of traffic. Remember, lane-hopping any time is dangerous, annoys other drivers, increases the risk of a collision, often contributes to road rage, and very seldom saves the driver any significant amount of travel time.


#8. What does the basic speed rule mean?

Remember, speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. Your speed must always be reasonable and proper (not too fast and not too slow) for current conditions.


#9. Which is a good advice when dealing with driving and social drinking situations?

There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. One of the most successful programs in recent years has been the designated driver concept, where friends agree ahead of time which person will remain strictly sober. You can also use public transportation or a cab, if available.


#10. Why should you avoid leaving vents open when driving in congested traffic?

Carbon monoxide gas from a car engine can kill (it has not taste, no smell or visibility). It generally leaks when the car heater is running, when the exhaust system is not working properly or in heavy traffic when breathing fumes from other vehicles. How to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Have the exhaust system checked regularly.
  • Be alert for unusual roars from under the car.
  • Never let the engine run in a closed garage.
  • Do not use a heater/air conditioner in a parked car with the windows closed.
  • Close the fresh-air vent in congested traffic.

#11. You approach this intersection. Which lane can you use for a right turn?

Arrows are often used with the white lines to show which turn may be made from the lane.

If you are traveling in a lane marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow. If your lane is marked with both a curved and a straight arrow, you may turn in the direction of the arrow or you may go straight.


#12. This sign means:

This sign tells you that you are approaching an intersection. The black lines show just what kind of intersection this is. This sign tells you it is a crossroad. Look in all directions for other traffic.


#13. The main reason for having a properly adjusted head restraint is to:

Head restraints are designed to prevent whiplash if you are hit from behind. Whiplash is neck pain that may occur when you are in a crash where force is applied to your neck that results in movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. To help prevent whiplash the head restraints should be adjusted so the head restraint contacts the back of your head and not below the level of your ears.


#14. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Parking sign. It means that parking is not allowed at any time.


#15. Car tires are worn-out and unsafe if the remaining tread depth is:

Worn tires can cause hydroplaning and increase the chance of a flat tire. Check the tread with a penny. Stick the penny into the tread, head first. If the tread does not come at least to Lincoln’s head (2/32 inch), the tire is illegal and unsafe, and you need to replace it.


#16. If you are under 21 years, the legal BAC limit is:

In addition to the standard penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are special laws that apply to people under the age of 21. If you are under 21 and found driving with a BAC of .02 percent or more, you will be convicted of underage driving while impaired.


#17. Driving between vehicles of a funeral procession is only allowed:

You should always give a funeral procession the right-of-way. No operator of a vehicle shall drive between vehicles in a properly identified funeral procession except when directed to do so by a traffic officer.


#18. The amount of alcohol in a 1oz. shot of whiskey equals about:

The amount of alcohol in one (12 ounce) bottle of beer is about equal to that in a (1 ounce) shot of whiskey.


#19. A flashing yellow light means:

A flashing yellow traffic light means slow down and proceed with caution.


#20. Before you make a turn in front of a motorcycle with its turn signal flashing, you should:

At intersections, where most collisions and injuries occur, wait until the rider’s intentions are absolutely clear (turning or going straight) before you move into the path of travel. Be even more careful in difficult driving conditions when the motorcyclist’s braking and handling abilities are impaired.

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The Tennessee Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for the official permit and driver license test in Tennessee:

Test Questions: 30
Correct answers needed: 24
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: Next day

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How to Pass the Tennessee DMV Permit Test

There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you will pass the Tennessee Permit or Driver License exam the first time. This way you will avoid additional and unnecessary trips to the Driver Services office.

  Start by getting a copy of the Tennessee Comprehensive Driver Manual. This manual is available at every Driver Services Center across the state. You can also download the PDF-version online .

  Read the manual to get an understanding of what is required for your permit examination. Pay special attention to specific state rules and laws. You should also remember that a large part of the knowledge exam focuses on alcohol, drugs, and the consequences of impaired driving.

  Take a handful practice tests to check your current knowledge and progress. Practice tests are your best learning tool.

  Discuss difficult questions with friends, family, teachers, or driver instructors. Be careful not to rely solely on the online practice tests. Work actively to ensure better understanding. Remember, active learning and true understanding of the rules of the road is your key to success.

  Recheck facts in the Tennessee Driver Manual whenever you are uncertain about answers on this practice test. Everything on this test is designed to help you with the Tennessee written test, not to check everything there is to know about safe driving and traffic rules.

  Practice with the online tests until you reach a score well above 80 percent, which is the passing score in Tennessee. The higher you can score on the practice test, the better your margin on the real examination.

  Remember, the best way to learn is to alternate between checking the handbook and practice with a DMV written practice test.

Is the Tennessee DMV Permit Test Hard?

Yes, the permit test in Tennessee is hard. Driver Services (DMV) estimate that about 50% of all first-time test takers fail the exam and are forced to take the test again.

With enough practice you can easily avoid taking the test a second time.

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The Official DMV Test

The purpose of the Tennessee DMV test is to verify that you have learned everything you need to know to drive safely on Tennessee roadways.

Tests are administered on a computer that pulls random tests for each user. You’ll never know which question you will get on your test.

For applicants who have a learning disability or cannot read, oral tests can be available at your Driver Services Center. Check before you make your appointment.

The test is available in four languages: English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

If you are hearing-impaired, you you can get a certified sign language interpreter to help with the administration of the exam.

If you fail the test, you can generally take it again the next business day.

You cannot use books, notes, or digital devices (including your phone) on the test. Any kind of cheating on the test will result in an automatic failure. You must also wait at least 30 days before you can try again.

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