Washington DC DMV Practice Test 2022

The Washington DC DMV permit test consists of 30 questions, and you must answer at least 24 questions correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official DC exam.

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What to expect on the official DC permit test
Number of questions:
30
Correct answers needed to pass:
24
Passing score:
80%
Minimum age to apply:
16years
Minimum period between attempts:
3days
practice test
Questions

Driving defensively is _____.

Good, as you won’t take unnecessary risks
BBad, as you’ll obstruct other traffic

By driving defensively, you help create a safer road environment for everyone.

What does this sign mean?

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AAdded lane from the right
BTraffic merging from the left
COne-way traffic ahead
Traffic merging from the right

This sign warns you that traffic may be merging from the right. Make it easy for merging traffic by either changing lanes or leaving a gap in front of your vehicle.

Which of the following road users is least likely to be affected by side winds?

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ACyclists
BMotorcyclists
CTrucks
Cars

Driving a car doesn’t mean that you’re safe from side winds. Situations when you’re most likely to be affected by side winds are: 

  • On exposed roads
  • After overtaking large vehicles
  • In gaps between buildings or similar

An inexperienced driver stalls at an intersection just ahead of you. What should you do?

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ARev your engine
BPass if possible
Be patient
DHonk your horn

Be extra patient when driving close to inexperienced and new drivers as they are new to driving and more likely to make mistakes.   

Which car goes first?

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AA
B
CC

Car A is driving on the terminating road and must yield the right-of-way. Of the two remaining vehicles, B should proceed first as B is driving straight ahead while C is turning across the path of B.

Can your license be revoked if your vision significantly worsens?

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Yes
BNo

Your license may be revoked if your vision doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for your license. If your vision significantly worsens, you should take a vision test to ensure you are still fit to drive.

Upon looking in your rear-view mirror, you notice an emergency vehicle approaching with its flashing lights on. What must you do?

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ACut your speed in half and keep to the right
BDo nothing and keep on driving as usual
Move to the right edge of the road and stop
DBrake hard and come to a complete stop

Emergency vehicles with flashing lights and/or sirens on have the right-of-way in all situations. Drive to the right side of the road and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed you.

What does this sign mean?

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AOnly right turns ahead
BRight turns prohibited ahead
Right curve ahead
DWinding road ahead

The road ahead curves to the right. In this case, the recommended speed for the curve is 40 mph in ideal conditions. The sign varies depending on the direction of the curve.

A motorcyclist has just passed you and cut in sharply. What should you do?

ASound your horn and flash your headlights
BBrake hard
Ease off the accelerator

If another vehicle cuts in sharply, ease off the accelerator and drop back to allow a safe following distance. Avoid overreacting by swerving or braking hard as you can lose control of your vehicle or cause a crash.

Which statement is true regarding flaggers in work zones?

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They help slow, stop or lead traffic safely through the construction area
BThey take pictures of drivers who ignore signs or drive dangerously
CThey are there to help in case of a crash

Flaggers give out instructions to help guide traffic safely through the area.

Will the road condition and road surface affect the stopping distance?

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Yes
BNo

The condition and surface of the road you are driving on will affect the stopping distance. On dirt, gravel or wet roads, your stopping distance is greatly increased. Try to slow down before reaching a bend or curve on these types of road surfaces to prevent a disaster.

Should you overtake in this situation? The vehicle in front is driving slowly and you are approaching a railway crossing.

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AYes
No

As you are close to a railway crossing, you should not overtake under any circumstances. You need to cross the railway crossing after carefully looking toward both sides, which cannot be done while overtaking another vehicle at speed. Trains have large stopping distances and will not be able to stop for a vehicle on the crossing.

Injured persons may be suffering from shock. What signs should you look for?

ADry skin
BSlow pulse
Pale grey skin

The effects of shock may be hard to recognize. Look for:

  • pale grey skin
  • fast but weak pulse
  • rapid shallow breathing
  • sweating
  • blue lips and fingernails 

What does this sign mean?

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School zone
BPedestrian crosswalk
CShopping mall in the area
DBusiness district ahead

School zones have a special speed limit. Slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary - children are unpredictable and can suddenly run out onto the street.

You're turning right at an intersection. What should you especially watch out for?

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Pedestrians
BAnimals
CParked cars
DRoad signs

When turning at an intersection, be aware that you may cross paths with pedestrians on the road you're turning into.

When approaching the intersection, check if there are pedestrians nearby and check once more before turning. Remember to yield to them if needed.

The most dangerous type of collision is a:

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ARear-end collision (A)
Head-on collision (B)
CSide- or sideswipe collision (C)

A head-on collision is when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions drive straight into each other (front-to-front). Head-on collisions are relatively rare compared to other types of collisions, but they often leave both drivers with severe or even fatal injuries.

Which statement is true regarding braking?

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AWait as long as possible before braking
Begin braking early
CBrake hard about 100 feet before an intersection and then proceed at a lower speed
DNone of the above

As your brake lights glow, you indicate to traffic behind you that you are slowing down. This acts as a warning to other traffic that you intend to slow down and gives them time to adjust their speed to avoid sharp braking. 

Sharp braking can be dangerous as drivers behind you may not have time to brake.

You arrive at a ‘4-Way Stop’ intersection. On your right, a white car reaches the intersection at the same time. Which statement is true?

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You should yield to the white car
BThe white car should yield to you

When two vehicles arrive at a ‘4-Way Stop’ intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left yields to the vehicle on the right.

Should you be prepared to yield even if you have a green light?

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ANo
Yes

Other drivers may do something reckless or illegal. Therefore, you should always be ready to stop even if you have the right-of-way.

What should you do when driving on an interstate highway?

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Look further ahead than you would on most other roads
BMaintain a shorter following distance than you would on most other roads
CConcentrate more on driving than you would on most other roads

As you’re driving fast, you need to look further ahead to give yourself more time to react and respond to potential hazards.

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