Texas DMV Permit Practice Test 2022

The Texas DMV permit test consists of 30 questions, and you must answer at least 21 questions correctly to get a passing score (70%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official TX exam.

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Are you allowed to have an open container of alcohol in your vehicle?

BYes, but only if you have a BAC of 0.00

In Texas, it’s illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, even if you haven’t consumed the alcohol and regardless if the vehicle is moving or not.

What is the Texas ‘Liability Insurance Law’?

AYou must carry at least $5,000 while driving
You are financially responsible for any damages or injuries you cause while driving
CTo drive on Texas roads, you’re required to have a job and insurance
DNone of the above

The minimum amount of liability insurance is (1) $25,000 for property damage, (2) $30,000 for injury/death of one person, or (3) $60,000 for death/injury for 2 or more persons.

Texas drivers are prohibited from following within _____ of an ambulance responding to an alarm.

A300 feet
500 feet
C1000 feet

It’s illegal to follow within 500 feet of a fire truck or ambulance responding to an alarm.

Texting while driving:

AIsn’t recommended, but may be done by drivers with 10+ years of experience
Is strictly illegal
CIs permitted if reading messages, but not writing messages

It’s illegal to read or text while driving - this applies to all drivers of any age.

Your tires must have a minimum tread depth of at least ____.

2/32 inch
B6/32 inch
C10/32 inch

Your tires must be in good condition and have a tread depth of at least 2/32 of an inch.

Which of the following equipment is prohibited in Texas?

AA bell or siren
BA red light or flashing red lights on the front of the vehicle
CA radar jammer or other device that interferes with police speed measure devices
All of the above

All of the above mentioned equipment are prohibited on or in your vehicle. A siren/bell is exclusively permitted to be used by emergency vehicles.

An object must not extend more than _____ beyond the left side of your vehicle.

A2 inches
3 inches
C5 inches

In Texas, an object must not extend more than 3 inches beyond the left side of your vehicle.

The Texas ‘Zero Tolerance law’ states that a person under the age of 21:

Must not operate a motor vehicle with any detectable BAC
BShould not operate a motor vehicle with any detectable BAC
CIs permitted to drive with a BAC of 0.05 or below

The penalties for violating this law includes a large fine, community service, a mandatory alcohol awareness course, and license suspension.

A driver (over the age of 21) must not drive with a BAC of:

A0.02 or more
B0.05 or more
0.08 or more
DThere are no restrictions on drivers over the age of 21

If a driver over the age of 21 is caught with a BAC of 0.08 or more, his or her driver license may be suspended for up to 1 year and at the very least 90 days.

What’s the standard speed limit in urban districts?

A10 mph
B15 mph
30 mph

The Texas standard speed limit in urban districts is 30 mph unless otherwise posted.

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What is the most effective device in the vehicle to help minimize injuries in case of a crash?

Seat belts
BAir bags

A seat belt will hold you in place in case of an accident and prevent you from being thrown out of the vehicle. For ideal protection, you should use seat belts, air bags and headrests.

You intend to pass a bicyclist on a narrow road. What should you especially look out for?

The bicyclist may suddenly swerve into the road
BThe bicyclist may be visibly impaired by alcohol
CThe bicyclist may suddenly swerve into the road, but only in high winds
DThere is nothing in particular you need to look out for

Bicyclists have to deal with the hazards around them. They may wobble or swerve to avoid a hazard or changing road condition.

Which if the following is NOT a potential problem with overtaking in this curve?

AA high speed in a curve can lead to you driving off the road
BThe angle of the curve can mean you cannot see oncoming traffic
The vehicle being passed could decide to speed up

You never want to overtake a vehicle in a curve as you will have a hard time seeing oncoming traffic due to the angle of the curve. The higher speed can also make it difficult to stay on the road. In curves, you generally want to let your foot off the accelerator as you enter the curve and then put the foot back on as you get out of the curve.

Which lane(s) should you use to turn right at an intersection?

AThe left-most lane or from any lane permitting right turns
BThe middle lane
The right-most lane or from any lane permitting right turns

It’s important that you plan ahead and position your vehicle correctly when turning.

What should you do to control the speed of your vehicle when going down steep hills?

AUse the brakes carefully and select a high gear
BUse the brakes firmly and select a high gear
Use the brakes carefully and select a low gear

Gravity will cause your vehicle to speed up when driving downhill, which makes it harder to control your speed or stop.

Use a low gear as your vehicle will engine brake and use your brakes with care. If you don’t engine brake, your brakes may overheat and stop working completely. 

How can keeping a sufficient following distance impact your fuel usage?

AIt has no impact on fuel usage
It lowers usage since you won’t have to brake/accelerate unnecessarily
CIt increases fuel usage

Maintaining a sufficient following distance enables you to drive less jerky and, as a consequence, use less fuel.

What is the average reaction time for drivers?

A0.5 seconds
1-2 seconds
C3-5 seconds

The reaction time greatly varies from driver to driver - some drivers have a reaction time of around 0.75 seconds and some have a reaction time of up to 2.5 seconds. However, the average reaction time when driving is around 1-2 seconds.

Car A approaches an intersection where Car B has stopped at a crosswalk. Which statement is true? 

Car A must not attempt to pass car B
BCar A may pass car B if the driver of car A can’t see any pedestrians nearby
CCar B may pass with caution

Don’t attempt to pass a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk even if unable to see any nearby pedestrians. Pedestrians may be blocked from view by the stopped vehicle while crossing the road.

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.

Is the Texas DPS Written Test Hard?

Any test will be difficult if you don’t study effectively. Only 50% who sit the test nation-wide will pass, and the Texas written test is no different.

Due to how many fail the test even after completing driver’s education, a lot of Texas teens use Zutobi as a test prep to make sure they pass. We strongly encourage that you at least do a read-through of our road rules section, even if you have taken another driver’s education.

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