Top 15 Questions People Often Get Wrong On Driver's Exams

MAY 08, 2023

Top 15  Questions People Often Get Wrong On Driver's Exams -
Have you ever thought about the reasons leading to failures on a driver’s license exam? Obviously, some people fail just because they don’t prepare thoroughly. According to statistics, the failure rate on the knowledge test varies from 20% in New Mexico and Iowa to about 60% in Arizona, Mississippi, and Missouri. Does this mean that 60% of Missouri new drivers don’t care about getting prepared for the test? That is very unlikely, and it seems like the rate depends on the test complexity among other things

Since we regularly update lists of questions for the exams on and collect various data concerning passing the DMV exams, we can reveal some trends, including the trickiest questions you can stumble upon during the testing. Though these questions may be formulated in many ways depending on a state, I believe it will be useful for you to have a look at our Top 15s. Knowing your enemy, you can pay more attention to these questions when learning and training for your knowledge test.    

  1. When must you stop if you see a school bus on a road with 2 lanes traveling in opposite directions?
    When stumbling upon questions about passing school buses, almost 50% of applicants try to recollect something about its red or yellow lights and thus go wrong. You must stop only if you're going in the same direction as the bus regardless of the traffic-light color.  
  2. When should a slow-moving vehicle pull over to let others pass on a road with two lanes traveling in opposite directions?
    You may want slow vehicles to pull off a road even when only one car is dragging behind it, but in fact, at least five cars have to be in a line for a slow vehicle to let them pass.
  3. What is visibility distance for a bicycle’s white headlight when riding at night?
    According to a representative of the Iowa Department of Transportation, people often get confused about questions where they have to remember numbers. It is especially true for questions with slightly varying numbers like 300, 400 or 500 feet. Just try to keep the right distance in mind learning it by heart or using associations.
  4. What should you do when parking downhill with a curb after setting the parking brake?
    Most of the examinees do remember that they need to turn something toward or away from something. Toward or away? And what is it you need to turn? Imagine that you are trying to prevent your car from rolling downhill by using the curb – and turn the steering wheel toward it.
  5. Why should a driver be extra alert for motorcyclists, bicycles, and pedestrians?
    The question seems to be so simple, yet many people screw up answering that motorcyclists, bicycles, and pedestrians have the right-of-way. Yes, bicycles and pedestrians do, but only at crosswalks, while a driver should be alert for them because they are hard to see in traffic.
  6. When must a driver notify the Department of Licensing about changing his or her address? 
    As this information has little to do with the rules of the road, many people don’t even try to learn it. Remember that such administrative matters are also covered in driver’s exam questions, so do bother to go through them.
  7. In which direction do you need to turn your steering wheel if your car starts to skid?
    Quite a number of applicants answer that a driver should turn the wheel in the opposite direction of the skid. Actually, you need to turn it in the direction you want your vehicle to go in order to maintain control over your car.
  8. What is expected of the drivers entering an intersection to turn left?
    The drivers must not enter an intersection unless they can get through it without having to stop – that is what the traffic rules say. In practice, many drivers do anything but this, and maybe that is why it is so difficult to think of the correct answer on the driver’s exam.
  9. Your vehicle’s lights must be turned on from…    
    Here it comes – sunrises and sunsets, before and after, an hour or a half an hour – anybody can get confused, especially when staying in front of a DMV computer in quite a nervous condition. Just don’t hurry, and you will figure this whole mess out.
  10. What is a period within which you must report an accident involving injury, death, or $700 or more damage to any one person’s property?
    You may want to answer – immediately, but there is no such an option at all! This is another type of administrative questions that can get you tripped up, along with 75% of other applicants.
  11. How much space is a sufficient gap to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road where the posted speed is 55 mph? 
    This is a really bad combination of speed and distance numbers. Questions about safe passing zones are among most hated by applicants on the driver’s exam.
  12. What should you do at an intersection with a roundabout island?
    Roundabouts are a nightmare for a lot of people taking the DMV exam. When they come in combination with intersections, this gets many people off track.
  13. What should you do if you have a tire blowout?
    It looks like people get lost not only in emergency situations but also in questions about emergency situations. The correct answer is to let your car slow to a stop, while all other options can lead to losing control over the vehicle.
  14. When is it required to use your parking lights on the roadway at night?
    You can answer "always" even without thinking. And your answer will be wrong since this is required only when you park outside cities and towns. Many applicants choose general answers, while correct answers tend to be more specific.
  15. Choose the statement that is NOT TRUE/TRUE for the following question…
    This type of questions is very confusing regardless of their topic. It is rather difficult to choose a correct answer from the statements which usually look equally reasonable. Moreover, when under stress it is quite easy to confuse TRUE with NOT TRUE, so you need to stay focused.