Tennessee Written Test Practice – 2021 – 500 Questions



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#1. You may continue carefully against a yellow light if:

A steady yellow traffic light means caution. The red stop signal will be exhibited immediately after the yellow light appears. Adjust speed immediately to come to a smooth stop.

Remember, you must stop if it is safe to do so. Do not speed up to beat the light.

If you are already in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop, but continue cautiously through the intersection.


#2. Driving under the influence of a drug producing stimulating effects is:

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.

Remember, your ability to drive when using drugs may be sufficiently impaired to constitute a DUI violation.


#3. What is true about a center left turn lane?

Center left turn lanes are reserved for vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway. These lanes cannot be used for passing and cannot be used for travel further than 300 feet. On the pavement, left turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction.

These lanes are marked on each side by solid yellow and broken yellow lines. Enter the shared lane only when safe to do so.


#4. You drink alcohol at a dinner. Your ability to drive can be altered:

The first thing affected after drinking alcohol is a person’s judgment. Your ability to judge speed, time and distance are altered after only one drink. Each extra drink greatly affects your driving ability.


#5. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you sober up?

Contrary to popular belief, the alcohol concentration in your blood cannot be reduced by drinking coffee, exercising, taking a cold shower or anything else. Only time can sober a person who has been drinking.


#6. What does this sign mean?

This sign indicates that there is a STOP sign just ahead that you cannot yet see. At this point, start to slow down and be prepared to stop ahead.


#7. This road sign warns of:

School Zone.

You will see this sign near school grounds or buildings. It warns you to slow down, drive with caution and watch for children. This sign is placed as you approach a school.


#8. A truck's blind spots:

Blind spots are immediate in front, on either side of the truck and up to 200 feet in the rear.

Remember that a trucker may not be able to see the road directly in front of the cab. If the tractor has a long hood, the trucker may not be able to see the first 10-20 feet in front of the bumper, plenty of room for a motorcycle or car to slip unnoticed into a dangerous position.


#9. If your vehicle is equipped with air bags, the safest place for children up to 12 years is:

Children ages 12 and under are safer in the back seat. While air bags have a good overall record of providing supplemental protection for adults in the event of a crash, they pose a severe risk for children ages 12 and under.


#10. It is a good idea to use your high-beam headlights in the following situations, except:

You should not use your high-beam headlights in fog.

Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead.

This question asked when you should not use high-beam headlights.


#11. If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb and turn the front wheels to the left:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.


#12. When stopping and yielding to a blind pedestrian in a crosswalk, you should keep a distance of:

Stop at least 10 feet away until the person is off the roadway.


#13. To be convicted of a DUI violation an adult's BAC level:

A driver can register a BAC of .00 percent and still be convicted of a DUI. The level of BAC does not clear a driver when it is below .08 percent.


#14. You meet a school bus that has stopped on the other side of the highway. The bus activates its flashing lights. When are you allowed to proceed without stopping?

When driving on a highway with separate roadways for traffic in opposite directions, divided by median space or a barrier not suitable for vehicular traffic, the driver need not stop, but should proceed with caution.


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

If the gates are down, stop and stay in place. It is against the law to drive through lowered gates. Never cross the tracks until the gates are fully raised and the lights have stopped flashing.


#16. The percentage of all traffic deaths in United States caused by alcohol is approximately:

In 2015, 10,265 deaths nationwide, (29% of all traffic fatalities) were alcohol-related. In Tennessee, 34% of all traffic fatalities for 2015 were alcohol-related. 88 of 324 deaths also involved a driver who used drugs.

In 2016, the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities was approximately 27%. The percentage of fatalities involving an impaired (drug or alcohol) driver in 2016 was approximately 38%.


#17. When overtaking another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

Signal your intended move to the left and check your blind spot, rearview and side-view mirrors before changing lanes.


#18. This sign (steady yellow X) tells you that:

A steady yellow X indicates a lane change or direction change.

Lane control signals may appear as single or multiple units over each lane of the road. They are most often used when the direction of the flow of traffic changes during different hours of the day.


#19. Which will help reduce the risk of neck injury if you are hit from behind?

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.


#20. If an intersection is blocked and you cannot drive through without having to stop in the intersection:

Even if you have a green light, do not start across an intersection if there are vehicles blocking your way. If you are caught in the intersection when the light changes to red, you will block traffic.

Remember, it is not only common sense, but it is also illegal to block an intersection.

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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.

Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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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