#1. Where are traffic crashes involving motor vehicles most likely to occur?
Crashes occur most frequently at intersections, and they are considered the most dangerous places on a street or highway. More than one-third of fatal traffic crashes involving motor vehicles occur at intersections.
#2. If you suddenly rear-end the car in front of you, you were most likely:
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.
#3. A driver license is required for which of the following?
B. Steering a car while it is being pushed or towed by another vehicle.
Driving is a legal privilege and responsibility. It is against the law to drive a motor vehicle on streets and highways without a valid driver license. It is also illegal to sit in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle while the engine is running or to steer a motor vehicle while it is being pushed or towed by another vehicle if you do not have a valid driver license.
#4. You must always come to a full stop at which of the following?
B. A yield sign at a roundabout.
The flashing yellow signal has the same meaning as a warning sign. Slow down and proceed with caution. When you approach the yield sign, you must slow down and yield the right of way. Your need to stop depends on the traffic on the intersecting street.
#5. Under the North Carolina point system the following is true:
B. If you get 12 points within 3 years, you may lose your license.
If you accumulate seven points, you may be assigned to a driver improvement clinic. Upon satisfactory completion of the clinic, three points are deducted from your driving record. If you accumulate as many as 12 points within a three-year period, your license may be suspended.
#6. Right turn against a traffic light showing a red arrow:
In North Carolina, you may not turn right or left against a red arrow. The red arrow means turning traffic must stop and remain stopped.
#7. Persons who look and act as though they are unaffected after drinking alcohol:
Alcohol reduces your ability to drive safely. No one drives as well after drinking alcohol, even though some people may look and act as though they are unaffected. Drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of having an accident.
#8. When entering a street from a private driveway:
When exiting an alley, building entrance, private road, or driveway, stop and yield to all other vehicles and pedestrians.
#9. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?
By law, you must stop when:
- There is a stop sign.
- A warning signal tells you a train is approaching.
- A crossing gate is lowered.
- A flag person signals the approach of a train.
- A railroad train emits a signal, indicating that the train is an immediate hazard.
- An approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.
#10. It is dangerous to leave a small child in a motor vehicle on a hot day:
It is dangerous and deadly to leave children in a vehicle. During the spring and summer months, after sitting in the sun, with even a slightly opened window, the temperature can rise rapidly inside a parked vehicle. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise approximately 40-50 degrees higher than the outside temperature.
#11. Proof of liability insurance is needed:
You are required to carry proof of liability insurance whenever you drive.
#12. Which is a proven way to compensate the negative effects of drinking alcohol?
B. A cold shower.
Alcohol affects most areas of your brain, so the effects are wide-ranging and impossible to compensate.
#13. Tires with worn tread and those that are under inflated often:
B. Make turning more difficult on wet roads.
Tires with worn tread and those that are under inflated have less grip on the road surface, increasing your chance of hydroplaning and making it more difficult to control your vehicle.
#14. All traffic from both directions must stop, when school bus has stopped for passengers on:
Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane: When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop. Divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation: When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop. Roadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane: When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop.
#15. A funeral procession is proceeding through a red traffic-control device and crossing your path at an intersection. What should you do?
Funeral processions have the right-of-way at intersections. If the lead vehicle in a funeral procession has crossed the intersection in accordance with a traffic-control sign or signal, all vehicles in the procession may also drive through the intersection, even if a traffic light changes or there is a stop sign. Remember, you may not cross an intersection, even if you have a green light while a funeral procession is passing through a red light, unless you can do so without crossing the path of the procession.
#16. Drivers entering a roundabout:
When approaching a traffic circle, slow down. Traffic laws concerning right-of-way still apply. You must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and to other traffic that is already in the traffic circle.
#17. It is recommended that you adjust your speed to a crawl when:
It is recommended that you reduce speed by more than half for packed snow and slow to a crawl on ice. Use chains if necessary for better traction, but do not forget that even chains and snow tires can slide on ice and packed snow.
#18. If you are asked to take a chemical test of your breath or blood and refuse:
B. DMV revokes your driver license for at least 12 months.
If an officer charges you with driving while impaired, you will be asked to take a chemical test of your breath or blood. Refusal to perform any required test will result in the immediate revocation of your driver license for at least 30 days and an additional, minimum 12-month revocation by the DMV.
#19. To prevent drowsy driving when driving long distances, you should:
B. Get a full night of rest before driving.
#20. Which is correct about speed limits for cars in North Carolina:
B. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit is 65 mph outside 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
#21. Statistics show which of the following to be a serious traffic hazard?
B. Slow drivers.
Follow the flow of traffic if you can do so without speeding. Crashes are more likely to occur when a vehicle moves significantly slower than the flow of the traffic.
#22. If you see fire trucks responding to a fire alarm ahead, you must:
Do not drive or park closer than one block from fire trucks responding to a fire alarm.
#23. When driving in a fog, you should:
Slow down. Use your low beam headlights, not your high beams. Keep a consistent distance between you and the car in front of you. If you are involved in a collision, get your car off the road as quickly as possible.
#24. When you drive through a work zone, you should:
Driving slower than the surrounding traffic is a major cause of rear-end crashes in work zones. In the work zone, driving areas may be confined, and there may be no maneuvering space or escape route for vehicles that unexpectedly approach a slow-moving vehicle ahead.
#25. A flashing red traffic light tells you to:
The flashing red signal has the same meaning as the stop sign: stop and do not proceed to move until you can enter the intersection without interfering with approaching traffic.
Take the North Carolina Sample Test
This North Carolina sample test has 25 questions, just like the real driver examination test. When you visit North Carolina DMV to apply for a learner’s permit or driver’s license, you are asked to take two tests.
- The written knowledge test checks your knowledge of N.C. traffic laws and safe-driving practice. It has 25 questions, and you must correctly answer 20 questions.
- A signs recognition test – you must identify signs by color and shape and provides an explanation of each. The passing score is 80%.
This sample test focuses on rules, laws and safe driving techniques.
North Carolina Renewal Test
If NCDOT asks you to take a renewal test, the road sign recognition test is no longer required. NCDOT will only give you the 25-question multiple-choice test about traffic laws and safe driving.
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