What do I need to know to pass the written test?

Everything you'll need to know to pass your driver's license written exam is covered in your state's DMV manual.

While the information varies a bit by state, you should have a firm understanding of matters such as:

  • Traffic laws
  • Correct driving procedures (turns, stopping,yielding, passing, etc.)
  • Speed limits
  • Parking
  • Safety belt use
  • Child restraints
  • Traffic signs
  • Special driving situations (night, fog, rain, snow, emergency, etc.)
  • Crash reporting

While this may be a lot to learn, you can sharply enhance your chances of passing your written test if you take a few practice tests. Doing so will help reinforce your newfound knowledge in your mind, and prepare you for the question-and-answer format. It's best to take more than one test, or one that offers a lot of questions, just to give you a wider variety of possible test questions.

After you've passed the practice tests, you'll be calmer and more confident on testing day.

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