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Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the public roads in Maryland is required to have a valid driver's license or learner's permit. Licensing requirements include a vision screening, a knowledge test, and a driving skills test. The Maryland MVA written test is designed to check the applicant’s knowledge of motor vehicle laws, road rules, road signs and safe driving practices. Everything you need to know is covered in the Maryland Driver's Manual. The MD DMV written consists of 25 questions, and you'll need at least 22 correct answers to pass (85%).
1. To drive defensively, you must:
avoid scanning the road ahead.
keep one hand on the steering wheel.
keep your eyes moving.
2. This sign means:
divided highway ahead sign
Drivers will soon be on a roadway with two-way traffic.
Divided highway ahead.
Divided highway ends.
3. Large trucks:
have high-tech air brakes which allow them to stop quickly.
are more maneuverable than passenger vehicles.
take longer to stop than passenger vehicles.
4. To reduce their chances of colliding with an animal, drivers should:
Look well down the road and far off to each side.
Scan the sides of the road to watch for the reflection of vehicle headlights in the eyes of animals.
All of the above.
5. You ________ traffic headed toward you when you turn left.
must yield to
must interrupt
must not yield to
6. If the vehicle you are driving starts to skid, you should:
turn off the ignition.
brake lightly.
stay off the brakes.
7. What is the only effective method to reduce your BAC?
Eating before or while you drink.
Not drinking over a period of time.
Drinking coffee.
8. Before you change lanes, you should:
check your left mirror.
keep other vehicles out of your blind spots.
check behind you by looking quickly over your left shoulder.
9. This road sign means:
advance warning sign
Railroad crossing
One way
Limited parking
10. To see vehicles in your blind spots, you must look:
in your side mirrors.
over your shoulders.
in your outside rearview mirror.
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MD DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:22
Passing score:85%
Minimum age to apply: 15 ¾
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