Washington State DOL Practice Test – 2021 Permit Test

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#1. Which is true about air-bag safety?

Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. People who are unrestrained when an air bag deploys risk serious injury or death because they will not be properly positioned to benefit from the cushioning that air bags provide.

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#2. When you are being passed by another car, you should:

When being passed, do not speed up. Stay in your lane. Maintain a steady speed or slow down.

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#3. Which emergency is best handled by shifting to neutral?

If the accelerator sticks, keep your eyes on the road and quickly shift to neutral.

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#4. One of the first thing affected by drinking alcohol is your:

Alcohol affects those areas of your brain that control judgment and skill. This is one reason why drinking alcohol is so dangerous – it affects your judgment. Good judgment is important to driving, but in this case, judgment helps you to know when to stop drinking. In a way, it’s like alcohol puts good judgment on hold. You do not know when you have had too much to drink until it is too late. It is a little like a sunburn – by the time you feel it, it is already too late.

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#5. If you have a blowout, what should you do first?

If a tire suddenly goes flat, you should hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually by letting up on the gas. Use brakes lightly.

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#6. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you must:

Pedestrians using a guide dog or other service animal or carrying a white cane must always be given the right-of-way. It is unlawful to interfere with or distract a service animal. Do not use your horn as it could confuse or frighten the pedestrian or the service animal.

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#7. Unless otherwise posted, the legal speed limit on state highways is:

Unless otherwise posted, the legal speed limit on state highways is 60 mph.

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#8. When following large vehicles you should adjust your following distance so you can:

The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead.

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#9. Which traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign?

A flashing red traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign. You must come to a full stop and then may proceed when it is safe to do so.

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#10. When you see this sign, you must:

Do not pass. These signs tell you where passing is not permitted. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. Placement of these signs are considered at locations of unseen hazards such as hills and curves, intersections, driveways, and other places a vehicle may enter the roadway.

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#11. If your car breaks down, you should:

If you are having vehicle trouble and have to stop:

  • Get your vehicle off the road and away from traffic, if at all possible.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. At night, leave your headlights on.
  • Try to stop where other drivers have a clear view of your vehicle if you cannot get your vehicle off the roadway. (Do not stop just over a hill or just around a curve.)
  • Try to warn other road users that your vehicle is there. Place emergency flares 200 to 300 feet behind the vehicle. This allows other drivers to change lanes if necessary.
  • If you do not have emergency flares or other warning devices, stand by the side of the road where you are safe from traffic and wave traffic around your vehicle.
  • Never stand in the roadway.
  • Lift the hood or tie a white cloth to the antenna, side mirror, or door handle to signal an emergency.

Remember, all too often collisions occur because a driver did not see a stalled vehicle until it was too late to stop.

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#12. If other drivers tailgate you:

If you are being followed too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the road ahead is clear then reduce speed slowly. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater. Doing that increases your risk of a collision from behind.

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#13. To check your blind spot when changing lanes to the left you should glance:

When turning or changing lanes, look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Be sure no one is near the rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.

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#14. You can smoke marijuana while driving:

Under the Open Container Law it is a traffic infraction to consume marijuana in any manner in a motor vehicle upon a highway.

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#15. Lanes marked on both sides by double-dashed yellow lines are known as:

Reversible lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double-dashed yellow lines.

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#16. This yellow sign means:

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins). Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.

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#17. You should adjust your seat and mirrors:

You should always check and adjust your seat and mirrors before you start to drive. You should have clear vision in all directions, all controls should be within reach, and at least one-third of the steering wheel should be between your hands. Head restraints should be adjusted so the head restraint contacts the back of your head.

Always fasten your seat belt and make sure all passengers are correctly using seat belts, child safety restraints, or booster seats. Also remember to lock the doors. Locking reduces the risk of doors opening during a sudden swerve, braking, or crash.

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#18. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?

At a four-way stop the driver reaching the intersection first, goes first (after coming to a complete stop). If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.

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#19. The Implied Consent law means that you:

The Implied Consent Law means that when you operate a motor vehicle, you have agreed to take a breath or blood test to determine the alcohol or drug content of your blood. If a police or traffic officer asks you to take a BAC test, you must do so.

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#20. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing?

A white X-shaped sign or crossbuck with the words Railroad Crossing on it is located at railroad crossings. This sign has the same meaning as a Yield sign.

As you approach a railroad crossing, slow down and look up and down the tracks to make sure a train is not coming. You must yield to trains crossing the road.

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Permit Practice for the DOL Test

The driver’s exam in Washington state is a multiple-choice test with 40 questions. To pass, you cannot miss more than 8 questions on the test. The test has a passing score of 80%.

This practice test is a condensed quiz with 20 questions, covering the same areas. By taking several practice tests, you can make sure that you have the knowledge required to pass the real examination.

The Written Test is Hard

The written test in Washington is generally considered to be hard, so prepare well. If the practice tests at FreeDMVTest aren’t enough, we can recommend driversprep.com , where you can find a randomized test, just like the real exam.

What Happens If I Fail the Test?

Third-party test providers, like a driving school, may allow you to take the test twice the same day, even if the recommendation is to let you wait at least 24 hours.

If you take your test at a driver licensing office, you should expect a waiting time of at least two – three days, depending on location and how many questions you missed. Use this time wisely by preparing with more practice tests. There is a new fee for each test attempt.

This is a Learning Tool

Remember that practice tests are a learning tool, not a cheat sheet.

Tests help you become familiar with the kind of questions DOL will ask on the exam. They also help you find your weak areas. If you miss questions on how to handle different emergencies, as an example, you will know what items you should focus on in the Driver Guide.

Always keep your Driver Guide handy when you practice. It is a good idea to go over every question you miss, just to make sure you really understand why you got it wrong on this test.

Often, students just move on to the next questions without reflecting on why they made a mistake and thinking that they will get it right the next time. But learning from the tiny mistakes you make on this test is a key factor to success.

Get comfortable with all answers and you will pass the examination with ease.



No Trick Questions

When people fail their tests, they often blame it on trick questions or ambiguous answers. But remember, there are no trick questions. If you miss more than 8 out of 40 questions, you simply did not prepare well enough.

Read the Driver Guide and do not rely solely on practice tests. The Guide gives you valuable background information on some important driving rules.

At the test computer, you should not rush through the questions. There is an allotted time of 45 minutes for the test. It is more than enough for the average test taker. Just take your time and carefully read all questions and choices. You don’t get any extra points by finishing early.

Are These the Questions I will Get on My Test?

Exam questions are random. They are drawn from a larger pool of questions, which means that not two tests are identical. You’ll never know which questions you will get.

But the more practice tests, you’ll take the more likely you are to have seen an exam question before.

More Washington DOL Practice Tests

Currently these DOL practice tests are available:

  Washington DOL Signs & Signals Test 1

  Washington DOL Signs & Signals Test 2

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