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All residents who operate a motor vehicle on any South Dakota street or highway must have an South Dakota driver’s license or learner’s permit. To obtain an instruction permit, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass the vision and knowledge test. The South Dakota written test covers the contents of the SD DMV Driver’s Manual, and includes questions on safe driving practices, road rules, road signs and signals. The knowledge test consists of 25 questions, and you must score 80% or higher (at least 20 correct answers) to pass. Practice with this sample DMV test to get ready for the official South Dakota written test.
1. If you have had several beers before driving, the effects of alcohol will be reduced only by:
waiting several hours.
drinking several cups of coffee.
taking a cold shower.
2. Which of the following substances can affect the ability to drive?
Cough syrups and cold tablets containing codeine or antihistamines.
Tranquilizers, marijuana and sedatives.
All of the above.
3. You are entering a freeway. You should check traffic on the freeway by:
using both the inside and outside mirrors.
using the inside mirror.
using the side mirror and looking over your shoulder.
4. This road sign means:
divided highway ends sign
Curves ahead
Divided highway ends
Bumps in the road
5. This road sign means:
no u turn sign
Drivers cannot make a complete turn to go in the opposite direction.
Left turns are not allowed where this sign is displayed.
Vehicles turning left must make a U-turn.
6. When is it safe to pass another vehicle?
When entering a curve and there are no oncoming vehicles.
When driving through an intersection and there are no oncoming vehicles.
Whenever signs and/or roadway markings permit passing other vehicles.
7. What should drivers do in case of a brake failure?
Shift to a lower gear.
Brake lightly.
Tie a white cloth on the left door handle.
8. Which lane must you be in before making a left turn from a one-way street?
The lane nearest the right curb.
The lane nearest the left curb.
The lane nearest the center of the street.
9. If your brakes are wet, you can dry them by:
having them checked by a mechanic.
riding the pedal lightly.
pull over to the right and wait until it stops raining.
10. When an aggressive driver confronts you, you should:
Remain calm and relaxed.
Try to move away safely.
All of the above.
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SD DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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