#1. The center lane on this road is used for vehicles:
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 called reversible lanes and are usually marked by double-dashed yellow lines.
#2. Orange road signs give:
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.
#3. When parking close to a railroad crossing, you must keep a distance of:
Do not park within 25 feet of a railroad crossing. Most states don’t allow parking within 50 feet.
#4. This sign alerts drivers in advance of:
Deer crossing. Deer or other wildlife cross the roadway in this area. Slow down, be alert and be ready to stop.
#5. It is recommended that you turn on your high beam headlights in the following situations, except:
Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams let you see twice as far as low beams. It is important to use high beams on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.
Use the low beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect back, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead. Some vehicles have fog lights that you should also use under these conditions.
#6. Which of the following results from drinking alcohol?
Alcohol affects those areas of your brain that control judgment and skill. This is one reason why drinking alcohol is so dangerous – it affects your judgment.
Alcohol also slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment worsens, and your skills decrease.
#7. Emotions affect your driving. If you are excited or angry, it is a good idea to:
If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to cool off. If necessary, take a short walk, but stay off the road until you have calmed down. If you are worried, down, or upset about something, try to keep your mind on your driving.
Remember, emotions can have a great effect on your ability to drive safely. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, angry, or depressed.
#8. Which months have the highest number of car/deer crashes?
Be especially alert for deer in October and November, the months with the highest number of car/deer crashes.
#9. When is a good time to adjust your seat and mirrors?
You should always check the position of the seat and mirrors before you start to drive. Make any adjustments before you move the vehicle. Head restraints are designed to prevent whiplash if you are hit from behind. They should be adjusted so the head restraint contacts the back of your head. Before you begin driving, always fasten your safety belts and make sure all your passengers are using safety belts or child restraints.
#10. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive on the wrong side of the road, you should:
Traffic control can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel or school crossing guards. You must obey directions from these persons, even if their directions are different from what traffic lights and signs say. You must also obey instructions from firefighters.
#11. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in an alley is:
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in an alley is 15 mph.
#12. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of on an undivided roadway, you must:
You must stop a minimum of 20 feet from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.
#13. When you approach a truck in a multi-lane roundabout, you must:
Large vehicles need more space in a roundabout. All drivers should be cautious and avoid driving next to or passing large trucks while approaching and maneuvering through a roundabout.
#14. On highways with several lanes traveling in the same direction, the right lane should be used for:
When you drive slower than the normal speed of traffic, you must use the right lane or drive as closely as possible to the right curb or edge of the road, unless you are getting ready to make a left turn.
#15. Which shape are stop signs?
Stop signs are always octagonal (eight-sided). A stop sign means that you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt.
#16. What does this sign mean?
No Right Turn sign. It means that you are not allowed to turn right at the intersection.
Some regulatory signs have a red circle with a red slash over a symbol. These signs prohibit certain actions, i.e., no right turn, no left turn, no U-turn, etc.
#17. You driver's license will be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving record within any:
If you get 12 or more demerit points within any 12-month period, your license will be suspended for revoked.
#18. If your headlights suddenly go out at night and you cannot get them working again:
Try the headlight switch a few times. If that does not work, put on the emergency flashers. Turn on signals or fog lights if you have them. Pull off the road as soon as possible. Do not operate your vehicle.
#19. The following are true about large trucks, except:
It is not true that trucks gain speed quicker than cars.
Trucks accelerate slowly and require greater stopping and turning distances. Give large vehicles extra room to move on the road.
#20. When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about:
When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. As you go faster, however, your tires will start to ride upon the water like water skis. This is called hydroplaning.
#21. Unbalanced tires and low pressure:
Unbalanced tires and low pressure cause faster tire wear, reduce fuel economy, and make the vehicle harder to steer and stop.
#22. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:
Trains are large and heavy and cannot stop quickly. You must always yield the right-of-way to trains. Never try to beat a train across the tracks. Remember, trains are large and may be moving faster than they seem.
#23. What is a good practice to help you maintain a safe space cushion behind your vehicle?
It is not always easy to maintain a safe distance behind your vehicle. However, you can help a driver behind you maintain a safe distance by keeping a steady speed and signaling in advance when you have to slow down or turn.
#24. This sign means
Pedestrian crossing. Watch for people crossing your path. Be prepared to slow down and stop. Signs may display horizontal lines showing the point where a crosswalk exists.
#25. If a traffic light changes from green to yellow, you should:
A steady yellow traffic light means the traffic light is about to change to red. You must stop if it is safe to do so. If you are in the intersection when the yellow light comes on, do not stop but continue through the intersection.
The Wisconsin Written Permit Test
Key numbers for your official knowledge examination in Wisconsin:
|Correct answers needed:||40|
|Time limit:||45 minutes|
|Earliest retest if you fail:||1 day|
What You Should Know about the Written Test Practice
This sample test is random. It draws 25 items from a large bank of questions.
It allows you to practice many times until you feel confident to take the real Wisconsin written test.
Each question has instant feedback that tells if your answer is correct or not.
When you make a mistake, there is a short explanation to help you understand the correct answer.
You will see your score at the end of the practice test. Aim for a full score on each test.
What You Should Know about the Motorist’s Handbook
Everything you need to study for the Wisconsin written examination is found in the Wisconsin Motorist’s Handbook. DMV draws all questions on your knowledge examination from this information.
You can get a copy from all DMV service centers. They are also provided as part of your driver education course. If you haven’t got your hard copy yet, you can download a PDF-version from DMV’s website.
The handbook is usually updated once every year, make sure you have the latest version before you start studying.
What You Should Know about the Wisconsin DMV Written Test
The real Wisconsin knowledge test has 50 questions, and the passing score is 80%, which means that you must reach 40 correct answers to pass the test.
There is an allotted time of 45 minutes to complete the test. The examiner will not allow to start testing if there is less than 45 minutes until closing time.
Most test takers will, however, finish in much less than 45 minutes.
The purpose of the test is to verify that you understand Wisconsin traffic laws and common safe driving practices.
You should also expect questions about alcohol and the consequences of impaired driving.
Unlike other state tests, there may also be questions about the Donor program and fuel economy.
If you want to take the test in another language, DMV offers the test in: Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Hmong, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
The test also has audio support. If you are a poor reader, ask the examiner to activate the audio support.
What Happens if You Fail the DMV Test?
If you don’t get a passing score, you cannot take the test again the same day.
You must wait at least one day before a re-test. Check with your examiner if you can book a new appointment.
Use the time until the next appointment well. Try to remember the questions you missed and look up the items in the handbook. Don’t rely on memorizing the answers from the test. Focus on true understanding of the subject.
What You Should Know about the Wisconsin GDL program
The Wisconsin Graduated Driver License (GDL) program applies to all teenagers between 15½ and 18 years.
To get a driver license when you are under 18 years, you improve your driving skills under a three-step program.
- Step I: Instruction Permit
- Step II: Probationary License
- Step III: An Unrestricted Class D License
The program places restrictions on your driving during step I and II to provide a safe environment for the development of your driving skills. The purpose of the program is to limit risk situations and reduce the number of fatal crashes among teenagers.
What You Should Know about Your First Permit
You may apply for your first permit when you are 15½ years or older.
To get a permit under the GDL program, you must:
- Have enrolled in, or completed, a driver education class.
- Be enrolled in a school program or high school equivalency program, have graduated from high school, or been granted a declaration of high school graduation equivalency, or be enrolled in a home-based private education program and cannot be identified as habitually truant.
- Have an adult sponsor approve your application.
- Pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.
When you hold the Wisconsin instruction permit, you cannot drive alone.
You must always be accompanied by a supervising driver who occupies the seat beside you. The supervising driver must have a valid regular (non-probationary) driver license and have at least two years of driving experience.
The supervising driver must be at least:
- 19 years, if a qualified driving instructor, a parent, guardian, or spouse.
- 21 years, if a person other than a driving instructor, parent, guardian, or spouse.
- 25 years, when driving during darkness with a person other than a qualified driving instructor.
If you drive under the supervision of a person other than a parent, guardian, or spouse, you cannot carry any other passengers in your car.
When you drive together with a parent, guardian, or spouse, you may carry passengers that are your immediate family.
What You Should Know about Your Probationary License
Before you move on to the second step of the GDL program, you must hold your learner’s permit for at least six months.
During these six months you must drive without any convictions.
You must log at least 30 hours of driving practice, of which 10 hours must be during darkness. A parent, legal guardian, or another adult sponsor must certify that you have completed the driving practice.
You must have completed your driver-education training course.
If all requirements are met, DMV will let you take the road skills test. If you pass the test, DMV issues a probationary license.
This license allows you to drive alone during daytime (from 5 a.m. to midnight). You can drive at night only when driving to or from home and work/school, or when accompanied by a supervising driver.
You can carry only one passenger besides immediate family members and/or an adult supervising driver.
DMV will lift these restrictions if you drive conviction-free for nine months.
Wisconsin Permit & Driver License FAQ
The Wisconsin written knowledge test has 50 questions, and the passing score is 80%, which means that you must reach 40 correct answers to pass the test.
There is an allotted time of 45 minutes to complete the test. You will not be allowed to start if there is less than 45 minutes until closing time.
The failure rate on the Wisconsin written test is close to 25%, which is an average failure rate on DMV knowledge tests in United States.
You can take the test again the next business day.
Wisconsin DMV offers the written test in: Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, English, Hmong, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
You can take the test five times within the same year. Should you fail five times, you must get special permission before you can take the test again. To be eligible for a new test, you must explain what you have done to improve your ability to succeed on your next attempt.
DMV issues instruction permits that are valid for one year. If needed, you can renewed your permit once for another 12 months.
When you renew an instruction permit, you must provide proof of enrollment or completion of a driver education course again.
Any adult with a valid regular (non-probationary) driver license and have at least two years of driving experience can be a supervising driver when you hold a Wisconsin instruction permit. If a qualified driving instructor, a parent, guardian, or spouse, the supervising driver must be at least 19 years old, otherwise the minimum age is 21 years.
Unless you let your Wisconsin driver license expire more than eight years, a knowledge test is not required when you renew your license.
If you hold a valid license from another state, U.S. territory, Canada, or Germany, Wisconsin DMV will normally waive the written knowledge test and road skills test.
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