Wisconsin DMV Permit Practice Test 2022

The Wisconsin DMV permit test consists of 50 questions, and you must answer at least 40 questions correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official WI exam.

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What can you be charged with for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injury to another person?

Class C Felony
BClass B Felony
CGross Misdemeanor

Drivers convicted of leaving a crash scene resulting in serious bodily injury will be charged with a Class E Felony. A Class E Felony in Wisconsin is punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years and expensive fines up to $50,000. In case of death, it will be treated as a Class D Felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 25 years and $100,000 in fines.

Is driving without a valid liability insurance legal or illegal?

ALegal - but only for up to 30 days

Driving without a valid liability insurance is illegal in Wisconsin. Failure to have insurance is a $500 fine. Proof of insurance coverage must be carried in the vehicle.

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 Wisconsin 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 should you do if you crash into an unattended vehicle and you're unable to locate the owner?

AWait until the owner shows up
BLeave the scene
Leave a note with all the necessary details

If you crash into an unattended vehicle, you're expected to make a reasonable attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle. If unable to locate the owner, you should instead leave a note in a secure place with your contact information and details regarding the crash. Crashes in Wisconsin must be reported in incidents of injury, fatality, property damage exceeding $1,000, or govenment property damage exceeding $200. For reportable crashes, law enforcement must be notified by the quickest means of communication.

Which passengers have to wear a seat belt or other restraint?

The driver and all passengers
BFront-seat passengers only
CBack-seat passengers only

In Wisconsin, the driver and all passengers in a vehicle must be restrained regardless of age. Violation of the seat belt law is a standard offense. Child passenger should use an appropriate child restraint. What is appropriate depends on the size, height and weight of the child.

What should you do before driving in snowy conditions?

Remove snow and ice from windows, lights, and mirrors
BLet the engine warm up for at least 40 minutes
CCheck your tire tread depth

Removing snow and ice will not only make it easier for you to see the road ahead. It will also make it easier for other road users to see you. While it can be beneficial to let your engine warm up before driving, it's unnecessary to let it warm up for 40 minutes. Checking your tire tread depth is important, but it is something you should do when driving in all weather conditions and not just snowy conditions.

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, motor buses transporting passengers, and vehicles transporting hazardous material must stop at all railroad crossings in Wisconsin. If you are driving behind any of these vehicles, you should be prepared to stop as well.

Texting while driving is:

ANot recommended, but legal

Texting while driving is prohibited for all drivers in Wisconsin. This is because any such use will severely distract you and increase the risk of a crash. In addition, there is a hand-held ban in work zones and an all cell phone ban for novice drivers with a learner or intermediate license. Regardless of age, drivers are recommended to pull off the road and stop if they need to make a call. Never use a phone when driving in hazardous conditions as you must focus all your attention on driving.

What do flashing yellow or amber lights on a school bus mean?

The bus is about to stop
BThe bus driver is signaling for you to pass
CThere is a hazard on the road ahead

The law requires all school buses in Wisconsin to have flashing amber lights. The amber lights are used by school buses to indicate that they are slowing down and preparing to stop, and motorists should slow down and prepare to stop when they see these lights. The amber lights are generally activated 100-300 feet before the bus will stop depending on the speed limit.

What is the standard speed limit in a business or residential area?

A15 mph
25 mph
C35 mph

The standard speed limit in a business or residential area in Wisconsin is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.

What is the standard speed limit in semi-urban districts outside cities or villages?

A15 mph
B25 mph
35 mph

The standard speed limit in semi-urban districts outside of cities or villages, and in outlying parts of cities or villages in Wisconsin, is 35 mph unless otherwise posted.

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

AJust before reaching the school bus
B10 feet
C15 feet
20 feet

Vehicles from both directions have to stop at least 20 feet away from a school bus loading or unloading passengers. School buses in Wisconsin use flashing red lights to indicate that the bus is stopped to load or unload school children and may use a mechanical stop arm as well. Do not proceed until the red lights have stopped flashing and all children have left the roadway. A stop is not required when driving on the opposite side of a divided highway.

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.

Which of the following is a 3-point violation?

AFailure to stop for a school bus
Following too closely
CFailure to yield right-of-way

Wisconsin uses a point system to control and keep unsafe drivers off the roads. Failure to yield right-of-way is a 4-point violation. Failure to stay for a school bus with lights flashing is a 4-point violation. Following too closely is a 3-point violation. Points Accumulating 12 or more points within any 12-month period will result in a license suspension or revocation. Depending on the amount of points over the limit, your license can be suspended for between 2-12 months.

For how long should you signal before making a turn?

At least 100 feet
BAt least 200 feet
CAt least 350 feet

You should signal for at least 100 feet before your intended turn. At higher speeds, consider signaling for far longer.

Which of the following is NOT an example of defensive driving?

AKeeping enough space between your car and the car in front
BIndicating before changing lanes
CFollowing the right-of-way rules
Keeping a very short following distance

As a driver, you share the roads with drivers of cars and other vehicles, and every person has a place to get to and wants to arrive safely - be courteous and drive with care.

Your car plunges into water of unknown depth. What should you do?

AUndo your seatbelt and wait for the car to fill up with water before getting out of the vehicle
Undo your seatbelt, open your window immediately and crawl out of the vehicle

When crashing into a body of water, you need to get out of the vehicle immediately - the vehicle will only float for 30 seconds up to 2 minutes. If unable to open the window, break it using nearby tools or by kicking out the window.

When tailgating another vehicle you:

AWill have less time to respond in case something happens
BWill have a limited view of the road ahead
CMay anger other drivers
All of the above

You should never tailgate another road user! Tailgating leads to a limited view of the road ahead, and you will have less time to react in case the driver in front brakes. For these reasons, tailgating is a common cause of rear-end collisions.

You've notified the emergency services about a crash scene where there's a badly wounded motorcyclist. What should you do next?

Check if his/her airway is open
BNothing, wait for the emergency services to arrive
CCheck if he/she is bleeding or has any bruises
DLook for any witnesses

Breathing is the first thing you need to check if you notice that a person is unconscious. Look and listen for breathing, look for chest movements, and feel for breath on your cheek.

What does this sign mean?

Winding road ahead
BSharp right turn ahead
CLeft curve ahead
DTraffic lights ahead

This is a ‘Winding Road’ sign. It warns you that there are a number of closely spaced curves on the road ahead, so slow down to an appropriate speed.

The sign varies depending on the situation. In this case, there will be several closely spaced curves for the next 2 miles with the first curve to the right.

Is the Wisconsin Permit Test Hard?

Less than 50% of people overall pass their permit test the first time, so it’s not a walk in the park. It all depends on how you study, and the study materials you use.

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