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Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the District of Columbia is required to have a driver’s license or learner’s permit. To obtain a DC driver license, you must successfully complete a knowledge test, skills road test and vision screening. The written test is based on the information contained in the District of Columbia DMV Driving Manual, and is designed to check your knowledge of rules of the road, traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving practices. The official DC DMV test consists of 25 questions. A passing score consists of at least 20 correct answers (80%).
1. The road is the most slippery:
when it's been raining for 30 minutes or more.
after it rains.
when it first starts to rain.
All of the above.
2. When driving in fog, drivers should:
Use high beam headlights.
Put their emergency flashers on.
Use low beam headlights.
3. What should you do if your vision through the windshield becomes blocked?
Turn on your emergency lights.
Pull your vehicle off the road and park it.
Open the side window so you can see.
All of the above.
4. When approaching a construction site, drivers should:
accelerate to get out of the way quickly.
slow down and adjust their driving behavior.
honk their horn to alert construction workers of their presence.
5. This sign means:
traffic signal ahead sign
you must yield to the traffic signal ahead.
emergency stop ahead.
traffic signal ahead.
the traffic signal ahead is out of order.
6. Aggressive driving includes:
chasing or challenging other drivers.
yelling, honking, gesturing at other drivers.
quick lane changes without a signal.
All of the above.
7. If your front wheels start to skid, the first thing you should do is:
Immediately turn in the direction you want to go.
Speed up, pump your brakes and steer in the direction the vehicle is trying to go.
Take your foot off the gas pedal and shift to neutral.
None of the above.
8. When changing lanes, drivers should never:
change lanes abruptly.
glance over their shoulder to check for blind spots.
check to see if other drivers are moving into the same lane.
9. BAC is:
the acronym for Beer ACcumulation.
the amount of alcohol in your body.
the number of ounces of alcohol in your blood.
the percentage of alcohol in your blood.
10. Although there may be enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcyclist, you should not share the lane with the motorcyclist.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 16
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