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10 Topics To Study Before Taking Your Permit Test

Studying for your permit test can be overwhelming, especially with all the information you must know to pass your exam. Below are the top ten topics that you should know. Make sure you know your state’s laws regarding these topics. If you haven’t already, remember to check out “How To Study Your Driver’s Manual” post to get tips on how to review your manual effectively. CAUTION: Written tests vary state-by-state. Not all topics or terms listed here will be found on your state’s specific test.

Traffic Signs

The shape and color of a sign convey important information about the surrounding area and the road ahead. Study the various shapes and colors and learn what they mean.


Depending on which state you live in, you may need to know about what to do in different situations like parking on a hill and/or parallel parking.


Traffic Signal Lights

It is very important drivers know what traffic signal lights indicate and what they must do in the event that a traffic light is not working. Make sure you review the section of your manual related to traffic signal lights 

Traffic Violations

Before taking your permit test, learn the laws regarding traffic violations in your states. Depending on where you live, you may need to know the fines of common traffic violations.

Right-Of-Way Rules

Right-of-way rules are essential for the safety of yourself, other drivers and pedestrians. It is important applicants and aspiring drivers know these rules and respect them. Make sure you know when to yield the right-of-way and how it can help prevent collisions. 

Traffic Speeds

Good drivers need to respect traffic speeds, understand the importance of maintaining the safe and posted speed limits for various areas and recognize the dangers of excessively speeding and/or driving too slowly. Some state’s permit tests require applicants know the general recommended speed limits for various areas e.g. school zones, work areas or suburban areas. 

Following Distances

Following distances are suggested distances to maintain between you and the other vehicles around you. These distances ensure road safety. You should know your state’s recommended following distances and when it is best to increase your following distance. 

Driving Hazards

Applicants should know what are common driving hazards and what to when facing a driving hazard like driving on a slippery road or driving through a fog. 

Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits

Driving under the influence is a serious traffic offense. Blood alcohol content is the concentration of alcohol in one’s bloodstream, typically expressed as a percentage. Applicants need to know their state’s minimum blood alcohol concentration levels and alcohol-related offenses. Before you take your permit test, make sure you know the laws regarding blood alcohol concentration limits.

Road Markings

Test takers need to know road markings i.e. single yellow line or broken white line and what those road markings indicate. 

Now what are you waiting for? Crack open your driver’s handbook and get to studying!