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#1. What does the Nevada basic speed rule mean?

You must not drive faster than what is reasonable or proper, considering traffic, surface and width of the highway, the weather and other highway conditions. It also means that you are never to drive at a speed that endangers you or anyone else.

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#2. You are driving in a school zone marked with this sign. No lights are flashing. Can you make a U-turn and go back in the opposite direction?

Nevada law prohibits the operator of a vehicle from making a U-turn in a school zone except when there are no children present, it is a day when no school is in session, on school days from half an hour after schools ends to a half hour before the next school session begins or when the signs/lights designate that the school zone is currently not in effect.

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#3. When is it legal to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving?

You may use a handheld device to report an emergency if stopping the vehicle would be inadvisable, impractical, or dangerous.

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#4. At a railroad crossing, trains must be given the right-of-way:

Trains do not and cannot stop at crossings – they must always be given the right-of-way.

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#5. What does defensive driving mean?

Defensive driving includes staying alert, looking for potential hazards, predict what could happen, and giving yourself time and space to react. Remember, you must do everything possible to avoid an accident, even when somebody else makes a mistake.

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#6. You are driving on an interstate when you suddenly have a flat tire. What should you do?

A blowout (when a tire suddenly loses air) can throw a vehicle out of control. Use the following tips for safe recovery:

  • Grip the steering wheel firmly.
  • Ease up on the gas pedal to slow down. Do not hit the brakes!
  • Look for a safe place to pull off and signal your intent to move off the highway.
  • When you are sure your vehicle is under control and you have slowed down, gently use the brakes to stop.
  • Make sure your vehicle is safely off the roadway and use parking lights or flashers to warn other drivers.
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#7. Which is true about braking and stopping with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)?

If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), keep your foot with even pressure on the brake pedal.

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#8. At an uncontrolled intersection, a pedestrian has entered the crosswalk. In this situation, you should:

Pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections have the right-of-way over vehicles. A crosswalk exists anywhere two streets intersect, even at a T intersection. A crosswalk exists even if it is not painted or marked.

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#9. If you are sitting in a large truck, is your total view of road better or worse than in a car?

Many drivers falsely assume that the driver of a large commercial vehicle can see the road better because they sit twice as high as the driver of a car. Large commercial vehicles have much larger blind spots than smaller vehicles.

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#10. If you are 21 years or older and driving a car, you must keep an opened container of wine:

Nevada’s open container law makes it illegal to have alcoholic beverages, which have been opened, in the driver or passenger areas when a vehicle is being driven.

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#11. When the yellow light above this sign is flashing, you must:

In school zones, the speed limit is either 15 or 25 mph. These speed limits are in effect on school days from half an hour before school begins to half an hour after school ends, unless otherwise posted. Some areas may use flashing yellow lights to tell you when the speed limit is in effect. These lights may be turned off during hours students are actually in classes. If so, the speed limit then reverts to that posted for non-school hours.

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#12. If you cause even a minor collision with a bicycle or pedestrian:

Motorists who cause even a minor collision with a bicycle or pedestrian or who intentionally interfere with the movement of a bicycle may be charged with reckless driving. Penalties include a license suspension.

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#13. What does the two-second rule mean?

Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead. At any speed, you can use the two-second rule to see if you are far enough behind the car in front of you. The two-second rule applies to any speed in good weather and road conditions. If road or weather conditions are not good, double your following distance.

Read more about how to use this rule in your driver’s handbook.

Remember, the two-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within two seconds.

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#14. This is the shape and color of a:

Triangle pointing down (inverted triangle): this shape requires that you yield the right-of-way. Slow down as you approach the intersection. Give the right of way to pedestrians and through traffic.

Why should you learn shapes and colors? The shapes and colors of highway signs have special meanings. This helps you understand the message quickly.

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#15. Are motorcyclists entitled to full use of a traffic lane?

A motorcycle is entitled to use the entire lane. It is against the law to overtake or pass a motorcycle within the same lane.

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#16. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a law enforcement officer.

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#17. You can park and leave your car:

You may not park your car in front of a public or private driveway, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant (parallel parking), or on a bridge. The distance you must keep from a traffic control signal is more than 30 feet.

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#18. Orange road signs are used:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.

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#19. Babies must not ride facing forward until they are:

Babies must not ride facing forward until they are 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. The rear-facing safety seat supports a baby’s head, protecting the neck and spine from injury in most crashes.

Never put an infant in the front seat if the car has a passenger side airbag.

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#20. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

The green arrow allows you to make a protected turn. This means oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light as long as the green arrow is lighted.

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#21. When overtaking another vehicle on a two-lane road, you must:

Always signal when you want to pass. Start signaling 100 feet ahead in business or residential areas, or 300 feet ahead in other areas.

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#22. Which is generally a good idea when it comes to backing up or reversing your car?

Because you cannot see everything behind your vehicle, backing up is always dangerous. Avoid backing whenever you can. When you park, try to park so you will be able to pull forward when you leave.

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#23. When a school bus displays flashing amber lights near the top of the bus, it tells you:

Flashing yellow lights are a warning signal. It means that the bus is about to stop.

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#24. When you are driving on the freeway, you should stay 2-4 seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you. In bad weather you should:

Remember, the 2-second rule is a minimum following distance. At highway speeds or at any speed when streets and roads are slippery and visibility is reduced, allow a safe distance between you and the next vehicle.

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#25. What does a solid yellow line on a two-lane road indicate?

Solid yellow lines indicate no passing or lane changing – unless making a left turn into or from an alley, private road, or driveway.

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Facts about Your Nevada DMV Driver License Test

Nevada Written Knowledge Test for a Permit or Driver License
  Number of questions on exam: 25 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: No official wait time

The Official DMV Test in Nevada

The official DMV written test in Nevada is now limited to 25 questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the test.

Normally, you will be asked to take the test on a computer with touch-screen. The computer system also offers audio-based testing if you need it.

If you have trouble reading or understanding a written test, you may also contact your local service office ahead of the test and ask for an oral examination.

There is no allotted time limit for the test, so you should proceed with care and carefully read questions and all answer alternatives. Be especially alert when the last option is “all of the above” or “None of the above”. Expect the test to take about 15 minutes to complete.

Should you fail the test, you can theoretically take it again the same day. Unfortunately, the booking system may not allow you to do that and taking the test on walk-in basis often means long waiting times. There is also a re-testing fee each time you take the test again. So, you should prepare well and try to pass the test the first time.

The test is only available in English and Spanish. If you have trouble understanding either of these languages, you may bring an interpreter. Interpreters must attest that they are approved by a governmental agency, court, educational institution, or non-profit advocacy group by presenting a letter from the approving agency. The cost of an interpreter must be paid by you (the applicant).

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  Read more about the Knowledge Testing .

Is the Nevada DMV Test Hard?

About 40 percent of all first-time test takers fail the Nevada DMV test, which makes the test tougher than in states like Illinois and New York, but also easier than many other states.

The Nevada Driver’s Handbook

Answers to all questions on the official knowledge test are found in the Nevada Driver’s Handbook. We recommend that you start by reading this handbook. You can get a copy of the handbook at your nearest DMV office or download it from the DMV website .

The handbook covers the most important Nevada’s traffic laws, safe driving tips, road signs, signals, and pavement markings. It gives you information on driving under the influence and defensive driving recommendations. The handbook also gives you tips about handling your vehicle in any given situation.

The handbook is a must-read if you want to pass the knowledge test.

The Nevada Practice Test

This practice test is a randomized test. It draws random test question from a larger pool of questions.

After each question, you will get instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. If you miss a question, there is also a brief explanation to help you learn faster. Often, you will find the same information in the Nevada Driver’s Handbook and read up on things you don’t understand.

The passing score in Nevada is 80% (20 correct answers). On a practice test, you should aim higher, preferably a full score. This gives you a very good chance of passing the real exam the first time. Don’t attempt the real test too soon.

Studying for the Exam

The thought of taking a knowledge exam is stressful to most people. Some think that it doesn’t matter how much they study, read the handbook, or take practice tests, it still going to be difficult and even impossible to pass. But trust us – anyone can ace the exam . It is all about determination, confidence, and avoiding some risky study behaviors .



Who Must Take the Nevada Knowledge Test?

If you are a new driver, who has never been licensed in Nevada or the United States before, you must take and pass the written knowledge test.

The following drivers must also pass the knowledge test:

  • Licensed in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or foreign country.
  • Licensed in the U.S. and less than 21 years of age.
  • Any driver licensed in the U.S. but without a license in their possession.
  • A driver with three or more moving violations in the last 4 years.
  • Any suspension, revocation, cancellation, or other disqualification in the last 4 years.
  • Any DUI conviction within the past 7 years.
  • License restrictions that require reevaluation of driving skills.
  • Renewing an instruction permit expired more than 30 days.
  • Renewing a license expired more than one year.
  • A driver with six or more moving violations within the last 4 years who wishes to reinstate the license.
  • Reinstatement when license was suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled more than one year.
  • Reinstatement when the driver was at fault in any accident during the 1-year period immediately preceding the date of reinstatement.

Note that the DMV examiner can ask any driver to take all tests again, depending on factors such as driving history or medical conditions.


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