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Knowledge Test 1

Road Signs Test – 1

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Knowledge Test 1

Road Signs Test – 1


#1. Why should you look particularly for motorcycles and bicyclists at intersections?

When a bicycle lane or bike path travels on or adjacent to the roadway, please pay special attention to bicyclists as you approach and move through an intersection. Motorcycles and bicycles are especially hard to see during a turn. The potential exists for a crash between the bicyclist who is moving straight ahead through the intersection and the motorist who is turning right.


#2. A traffic signal showing a steady red light means:

A steady red circular signal means STOP. Unless there is a sign indicating NO TURN ON RED, a right turn can be made after coming to a complete stop. All vehicles turning right shall yield the right of way to other traffic and pedestrians using the intersection and to pedestrians in reasonably close proximity to the intersection and who are starting to cross in front of the traffic that is required to stop at the red light. Failure to yield to a pedestrian under these circumstances will result in a penalty of not more than $500 and not less than $100.


#3. With a Limited Learner Permit you are allowed to drive alone:

The Limited Learner Permit allows you to drive a vehicle while supervised. During the first six months, a level one permit authorizes you to drive between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m., while accompanied by your supervising driver. Six months from level one issuance, you are eligible to drive anytime with a supervising driver.


#4. You meet a school bus with flashing red lights. It is stopped on the other side of a four-lane roadway with median separation. What should you do?

When a school bus displays its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights to receive or discharge passengers, you must stop and not attempt to pass the school bus until the mechanical stop signal is withdrawn, the flashing red lights are turned off and the bus has started to move. On a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation only traffic following the bus must stop. Coming from the other direction, you should look for children and pass carefully.


#5. This sign means:

Right lane ends, merge left.


#6. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of an interstate or other limited access highway:

Use the proper lane at all times. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic. Keep to the right, use the left lane for passing only.


#7. Your lane ends ahead and there is a large truck in the lane beside you. Which is the best thing to do?

Slow down and merge behind the truck. Cutting into the open space in front of a truck is dangerous. Trying to beat a truck through a single-lane construction zone, for example, removes the truck driver’s cushion of safety and places you in danger.


#8. When driving at night you must:

Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving because you cannot see as well. Never drive at a speed at which you cannot stop within the distance you can see on the road ahead.


#9. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from behind, you must:

Police cars, ambulances, fire engines and rescue vehicles with flashing lights and sirens always have the right of way. Follow these guidelines when approaching or being approached by an emergency vehicle:

  • As the emergency vehicle approaches (from ahead or behind), drive to the right-hand curb or edge of the road and stop completely.
  • Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed, or until directed to move by a traffic officer.

Remember, the law requires you to: immediately drive to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb, clear of any intersection. Never stop in an intersection.


#10. To prevent drowsy driving when driving long distances, you should:

 A. Look constantly at the road ahead and not move your eyes.
 B. Increase your speed.


#11. When are you allowed to drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

Never drive faster than the posted speed limit or at a speed that is unreasonable or unwise given the existing conditions.


#12. Which color are signs used for distance and direction guidance?

Green and white signs are used for guide information, such as distance or direction.


#13. When should you use your horn?

 A. When necessary to avoid accidents
 B. To show other drivers that they made a mistake.

The horn must be used as a reasonable warning device. You should not use the horn unnecessarily or unreasonably. The law requires drivers to use the horn whenever a pedestrian may be affected by a turn, stop or start from a parked position. When passing another vehicle, blow the horn to signal the driver ahead. The horn signal places the driver of the vehicle you are passing under a legal obligation to help you pass. (Handbook, chapter 4) Do not use your horn:

  • Close to bicyclists, unless to avoid an accident.
  • When passing a horse-drawn vehicle or horseback rider.

#14. What does this sign mean?

Crossroad. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look in all directions for other traffic.


#15. A diamond-shaped sign would be used to warn drivers of which driving hazards?

 A. A pedestrian crossing.
 B. A bicycle crossing.

Diamond-shaped signs are caution or warning signs. They are normally black on yellow, but when they are black on orange, they warn of conditions for construction or maintenance areas. When you approach pedestrian crossings and bicycle crossings you will often see diamond-shaped warning signs.


#16. Emotions affect your driving. If you feel angry, excited or upset, you should:

Emotions can have a great effect on safe driving. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid or depressed. If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to calm down before driving.


#17. If your car starts to skid, which is the most common cause?

Unsafe speed is the most common cause of skidding accidents.


#18. Which is true about alcohol?

About 38 percent of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. It is a major cause of fatal traffic accidents.


#19. You have a green light at an intersection where a blind pedestrian has started to cross. Who must be given the right-of-way?

The law gives a blind pedestrian special consideration at an intersection where there are no traffic signals when the pedestrian extends a white cane, or a white cane with a red tip or has a guide dog. When you receive such signal, you must come to a full stop, leaving a clear lane through which such pedestrian may pass, and remain stopped until the pedestrian has completely crossed the crosswalk or intersection. If a blind or partially blind pedestrian has entered the crosswalk before a signal changes, you must also stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian has cleared the crossing.


#20. What does a solid yellow line on a two-lane road indicate?

A solid yellow line marks a No Passing zone. If the solid yellow line is on your side of the road, do not pass. Pass only if there is a broken line on your side.


#21. Which is correct about speed limits for cars in North Carolina:

 A. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 55 mph outside cities and towns.
 B. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 45 mph in cities and towns.

Unless otherwise posted, maximum speed limits are:

  • In cities and towns: 35 mph
  • For school buses: 45 mph
  • For school activity buses: 55 mph
  • Outside cities and towns 55 mph
  • For interstates 70 mph

#22. Driving at a speed faster than 55 mph and more than 15 mph above the speed limit will result in:

Your driving privilege will be taken away for at least 30 days.


#23. Following closely behind another vehicle is:

Do not tailgate. Keep a safe following distance for the speed you are traveling. If the vehicle ahead stops suddenly, you will need time to react. One of the most frequent types of crashes on an interstate highway is the rear-end crash. Following too closely is a leading cause of these traffic crashes.


#24. Parking and leaving your car is unlawful:

You cannot park 10 feet of a fire hydrant (this is within 15 feet). Note: this question asked where you cannot park.


#25. You are driving on a rural highway and repeatedly hit a rumble strip or drift from your lane. You should know that:

Drowsy driving could happen to anyone. Some warning signs include:

  • You cannot remember the last few miles driven.
  • You hit a rumble strip or drift from your lane.
  • You yawn repeatedly.
  • You have difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open.

If you are tired and in danger of falling asleep, you cannot predict when a mini sleep may occur. If you become tired while driving, stop!

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North Carolina – NCDOT – Sample Test 2

Unlike the real NCDOT driver license test, this sample test has 25 questions with a mix of road rules and traffic signs. It is designed to help you study for the North Carolina driver’s knowledge test.

On your real NCDOT exam, the sign recognition test is a separate test with 12 questions. On the real exam, you must correctly identity 9 signs out of 12 to pass.

Aim for a Perfect Score on Each Sample Test

You should aim for a perfect score on each practice test. But more importantly, make sure you fully understand both questions and answers.

There are no trick questions on the NCDOT knowledge test, but in a real test environment it is easy to answer too quickly without actually reading the questions and all options. Remember, every word counts and you should train yourself in reading everything twice.

There are More North Carolina Practice Tests

Road Signs

  North Carolina Road Signs Recognition Test 1

  North Carolina Road Signs Recognition Test 2

  North Carolina Road Signs Recognition Test 3

Road Rules

  North Carolina – NCDOT – Sample Test 1

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