Virginia DMV Permit Practice Test 2022

The Virginia DMV permit test consists of 35 questions, and you must answer at least 30 questions correctly to get a passing score (85%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official VA exam.

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What is the penalty for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury?

License revocation, fines & imprisonment
BVehicle impoundment, fines & imprisonment
CLicense suspension for 3 months, fines & imprisonment

Drivers in Virginia convicted of leaving a crash scene resulting in personal injury, death or property damage exceding $1,000 can be charged with a Class 5 Felony, punishable by a license revocation, a fine of no more than $2,500, and imprisonment for between 1-10 (or confinement in jail for up to 12 months).

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

Before reaching the school bus
B10 feet
C15 feet
D20 feet

In Virginia, motorists from both directions have to stop for school buses loading or unloading passengers, which is often shown by flashing red lights and a mechanical stop arm. Do not proceed until the school bus has started driving again and all pedestrians are clear. If the school bus stops to load or unload passengers at an intersection, traffic from all directions must stop. A stop is not required when driving on the opposite side of a roadway divided by a median or barrier, but morotists should still display caution.

When is passing on the right permitted?

When the vehicle in front of you is making a left turn
BAt all times
CWhen the vehicle in front of you is driving slower than the speed limit

In Virginia, passing on the right is only permissible when the vehicle in front of you is preparing for or making a left turn. Drivers must under no conditions drive off the pavement or main portion of the roadway when passing on the right. Passing on the right can be especially dangerous as the other driver may not expect or see you and decide to change lanes or turn.

Which passengers have to wear a seat belt?

The driver and all front seat passengers 18 and older
BFront-seat passengers only
CBack-seat passengers only

In Virginia, the driver and all front-seat passengers age 18 and older must wear a seat belt. Violation of the seat belt law is a secondary offense. In addition, the child passenger safety law also requires that all children wear an appropriate child restraint regardless of seating position. What is appropriate depends on the size, height and weight of the child. For children ages 8-16, the appropriate restraint is a seat belt, booster seat or child restraint.

When are studded tires permitted?

AAt all times
Between October 15 and April 15
COnly when it's snowing

Studded tires have studs embedded in the tread that provide added traction. Studded tires are permitted in Virginia between October 15 to April 15.

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

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 Virginia, the gross weight limit is 3,000 lbs.

Which of the following is a 4-point violation?

AIllegal turn
Failure to yield right of way
CSpeeding by 20 mph or more over the limit

Virginia uses a Point System and a Driver Improvement Program to keep unsafe drivers off the roads. An illegal turn is a 3-point violation. Failure to yield right of way is a 4-point violation. Driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit is a 6-point violation. DMV keep a record of all point violations a driver receives. Any driver accumulating 12 points within 12 months or 18 points within 24 months must complete a driver improvement clinic or have their license suspended.

When should you begin slowing down when exiting the freeway?

After entering the deceleration lane
BBefore entering the deceleration lane
CBefore signaling your intention to exit

When exiting a freeway or interstate, you may cause a rear-end collision if you begin slowing down too early as other drivers may not expect it. Wait until after entering the deceleration lane before slowing down.

What is considered a sufficient following distance on a dry road?

A2 seconds or less
At least 3 seconds
CAt least 4 Seconds

You should always maintain a following distance of at least 3 seconds to the vehicle in front of you according to the "three-second rule" used by Virginia drivers. In bad conditions and at higher speeds, you should consider increasing the following distance to 4-5 seconds so you have time to safely stop if necessary. On slippery roads, it may be necessary to increase the following distance even more.

What is the standard speed limit in business and residential areas, and in school zones?

A15 mph
25 mph
C35 mph

The standard speed limit in business areas, residential areas, and school zones in Virginia is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.

What is the standard maximum speed limit on unpaved roads?

A25 mph
35 mph
C45 mph

The standard speed limit in Virginia is 35 mph on unpaved roads, unless otherwise posted.

You should leave your automatic car in which gear when parking on a slope or steep hill?


Leave your automatic car in ‘P’ when parking AND apply the parking brake to make sure the car won’t budge. Leaving your vehicle in the correct gear will help prevent your vehicle from rolling in case of brake failure.

You’re about to enter the freeway. Which statement is true?

AFreeway traffic must yield to you
BStop at the end of the acceleration lane and enter the freeway at a low speed
Adjust your speed to the speed of the freeway traffic

It’s dangerous to drive much slower than the traffic flow on a freeway. If you do, drivers behind you may be forced to brake or swerve to avoid crashing into you. For that reason, you should drive at about the same speed as the freeway traffic when reaching the end of the acceleration lane. 

Remember to merge with care - don’t try to squeeze your vehicle into a small gap.

Your vehicle will use more fuel when:

The tires are under-inflated
BThe tires are of different makes and brands
CThe tires are over-inflated

Check your tire pressure frequently. Low tire pressure will increase the rolling resistance and therefore your vehicle will need to work harder to compensate.

You’re driving on a multi-lane freeway and you want to take the next exit. What should you do if you must cross several lanes to exit?

ACross multiple lanes at a time
Cross one lane at a time

If you need to cross several freeway/highway lanes - do so one at a time. The risk of an accident greatly increases if you cross multiple lanes at a time.

You're driving in busy traffic. Be extra cautious for:

APolice guiding traffic
Filtering motorcyclists
CAnimals on the road
DChanging weather conditions

In busy/rush hour/slow-moving traffic, motorcyclists tend to filter through traffic between lanes. Be aware of that when turning or changing lanes as motorcyclists are vulnerable and hard to spot.

Turning the steering wheel while stationary can damage the ____.


Turning the steering wheel while stationary can cause unnecessary wear to the tires and steering mechanism.

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


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

Before passing another vehicle:

AEstimate how much time and distance the maneuver will require
BLook for oncoming vehicles and check how traffic moves behind you
CLook ahead for hazards
All of the above

Passing is a complicated maneuver requiring both skill and experience. Before passing, look ahead for oncoming vehicles, the road conditions (e.g. cracks or potholes), and estimate if you can complete the maneuver safely. If safe - signal, check the blind spot and begin with the maneuver.

When passing a car at night, you must:

AChange to a higher gear
BSwitch to high beams before passing
Make sure you don't temporarily blind other drivers

Don’t turn on your high beams until you’ve passed the other vehicle, as you may blind the driver otherwise.

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