South Carolina DMV Practice Permit Test 2022

The South Carolina 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 SC exam.

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What to expect on the official SC permit test
Number of questions:
30
Correct answers needed to pass:
24
Passing score:
80%
Minimum age to apply:
15years
Length of test:
35min
Questions

Is the use of Hazard Lights permitted while driving?

Yes
BNo

Hazard light use is permitted while driving in South Carolina to warn other drivers of a traffic hazard that requires care in approaching, passing or overtaking.

When may you turn right on a red light?

AAt all times
Unless signs prohibit
COnly if signs permit

If the turn can be made safely, you may turn right on a red light in South Carolina after coming to a complete stop and yielding to any pedestrians/vehicles lawfully proceeding through the intersection. Look for signs that prohibit the turn.

What is the maximum un-posted speed limit in a rural area except when a higher speed is allowed by federal law?

55 mph
B60 mph
C70 mph

In rural areas in South Carolina, the maximum un-posted speed limit is 55 mph. However, the federal law may allow for a higher speed limit on some roads.

Which passengers have to wear a seat belt?

The driver and all passengers age 6 and older
BFront-seat passengers only
CBack-seat passengers only

In South Carolina, the driver and all passengers age 6 and older must wear a seat belt. Violation of the seat belt law is a standard offense. In addition, the child passenger safety law also requires that all children wear an appropriate child restraint. What is appropriate depends on the size, height and weight of the child, which means each child should use a restraint system that fits them.

What is the maximum un-posted speed limit in an urban district or residential area?

A15 mph
30 mph
C45 mph

In South Carolina, the maximum un-posted speed limit should be followed unless otherwise posted.

How far away from a school bus loading or unloading passengers do vehicles have to stop?

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Before reaching the school bus
B10 feet
C15 feet
D20 feet

Motorists from both directions have to stop for school buses with flashing lights loading or unloading passengers in South Carolina. Do not proceed until the school bus has started driving again and the lights have stopped flashing. A stop is not required when driving on the opposite side of a roadway with four or more lanes, having at least two in each direction, or when the shool bus is stopped in a passenger loading zone where crossing is prohibited for pedestrians.

Are you required to yield to pedestrians on your side of the road in marked crosswalks?

Yes
BNo

Motorists in South Carolina must stop and yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk when the pedestrian is on their side of the motorway or close enough to be in danger. When approaching a crosswalk, use caution and watch both sides of the street for pedestrians. Pedestrians have both right and duties, and should not attempt to cross the road at any place other than a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

Why must you be prepared to stop when driving behind a school bus and approaching a railroad crossing?

ABecause buses usually get stuck on the railroad tracks
Because school buses must stop before crossing the tracks
CBecause buses are prohibited from crossing railroad tracks

School buses, vehicles with a capacity of at least 16 persons, and vehicles transporting hazardous material must stop at all railroad crossings in South Carolina. If you are driving behind any of these vehicles, you should be prepared to stop as well.

Which of the following is a 4-point violation?

APassing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children
BImproper dangerous parking
Failure to yield the right-of-way

South Carolina has a point system to keep unsafe drivers off the roads. Violations that occur out-of-state will count towards your total points. Passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children is a 6-point violation. Failure to yield the right-of-way is a 4-point violation. Improper danerous parking is a 2-point violation. Accumulating 12 or more points within any two-year period results in excessive points and causes an automatic Point System suspension of your South Carolina driver's license.

When are studded tires permitted?

At all times as long as they do not project more than 1/16 inch when compressed
BBetween November and April
COnly when it's snowing

Studded tires have studs embedded in the tread that provide added traction. They are permitted in South Carolina all year unless they project more than 1/16 inch when compressed.

Does your trailer need to be equipped with independent braking?

Yes, if the gross weight exceeds 3,000 lbs
BYes, if the gross weight exceeds 5,000 lbs
CNo

The added weight of the trailer to your vehicle can drastically increase the distance needed to come to a full stop. For this reason, most states have laws regarding independent braking on trailers over a certain gross vehicle weight (GVW). In South Carolina, the gross weight limit is 3,000 lbs.

You see that there is a stopped emergency vehicle on the road shoulder ahead,. What should you do?

ACome to a complete stop at least 50 feet from the emergency vehicle
Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle
CTry to pass the emergency vehicle as quickly as possible

The move-over-law in South Carolina is designed to protect emergency personnel and workers. If approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, you must vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle. If changing lanes is unsafe or not possible, you must slow down to a safe and prudent speed for the conditions. This law also applies to tow trucks and other recovery vehicles.

When may you turn left on a red light?

From a one-way street onto another one-way street
BFrom a two-way street onto another two-way street
CFrom a one-way street onto a two-way street

You're generally permitted to turn left on a red light in South Carolina when turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street. Before turning, yield to any pedestrians/vehicles lawfully proceeding through the intersection and make sure there aren't any signs prohibiting the turn.

Which statement is true regarding large trucks?

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They often appear to be driving slower than they actually are
BThey often appear to be driving faster than they actually are

Oncoming trucks often appear to be driving slower than they actually are - this ‘speed illusion’ can cause you to believe that you have enough space and time to pass when, in fact, you don’t. 

It’s especially easy to misjudge the speed of large trucks near intersections, and how close they are.

In which of the following situations would you cause an obstruction by parking?

In front of a a driveway or private property entrance
BOn your driveway
CIn a marked parking space

Don’t park where you may obstruct access to a driveway or property. Before parking, look at road markings and signs to ensure that you’re parking legally.

If driving in a lane marked with this sign:

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AYou are prohibited from making a U-turn
BYou must make a left turn
You must make a U-turn
DYou are prohibited from making a left turn

You must make a U-turn if you are traveling in a lane marked with this sign. There are usually additional pavement markings to help clarify which lane(s) the sign applies to.

When driving in a lane with pavement markings like this, you:

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Must turn left
BMay turn left or go straight ahead
CAre prohibited from turning left

The pavement markings indicate that vehicles traveling in this lane must turn in the direction of the arrow (in this case you must turn left).

What does this sign mean?

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ADeer crossing
Cattle crossing
CBear crossing

This sign warns you of a cattle crossing. In this case, you should be extra observant for the next 17 miles.

What should you do if you begin to feel tired while driving?

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ASlow down and turn on some loud music
Find a place where you can get off the road and sleep
CRoll down the car windows to get some fresh air

It’s very dangerous to drive when tired. While listening to music and rolling down the car windows can help a little, it won’t prevent fatigue. What helps is rest - so pull over and rest until you no longer feel tired.

When driving close to parked vehicles:

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Watch out for cars pulling out and car doors opening
BDrive as close to the parked vehicles as possible
CSound your horn to warn of your presence
DSpeed up to pass the parked vehicles quickly

Expect the unexpected - you can’t know how other persons will act.

You will have less time to react when driving close to parked cars, so slow down to a safe speed. A car may decide to pull out or open a car door without properly checking the mirrors or blind spot, or someone may suddenly step out onto the street from behind a vehicle.

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