California Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test
20 Road Signs and Traffic Signals Questions
This practice test checks your knowledge of some common road signs you will see on California highways and what different traffic lights mean. It has a mix of 20 easy to medium hard questions. Can you get a full score on this test?
All signs and traffic signals you must learn for your California DMV test are found in the California Driver handbook. Make sure you get the latest version from your CA DMV office or download it online.
Standard Three-Light Traffic Signals
While most people have a clear understanding of the standard three-light signals (red, yellow, and green), you’d be surprised by how many test takers that fail to correctly answer questions about them.
The most common misunderstanding is that a green light gives you the right of way. It doesn’t. You may only proceed on the green light, if it is safe to do so and there is room on the other side of the intersection. Entering and blocking an intersection in heavy traffic is not allowed, even if you have a green light. You must always yield to vehicles that have lawfully entered the intersection before you.
The solid/steady yellow signal also causes confusion on the test. Especially since state rules aren’t the same across USA. If you face a steady yellow signal, the light is about to change. Proceed only if you cannot stop safely. Trying to beat the red signal is both dangerous and illegal. Read more: Driversprep.com – Drive Against A Steady Yellow Light.
Flashing Traffic Signals and Arrows
Renewal tests show that even experienced drivers can misunderstand flashing signals and lighted arrows.
Red signals always means stop. After stopping at a flashing red signal, you may proceed, if the way is clear and it is safe. Turning against a red arrow is allowed in some states, but not in California.
Yellow signals mean caution. When you face a flashing yellow signal, slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary. A steady yellow arrow means that the protected turning period (which was indicated by the green arrow) is ending. Stop, if you can stop safely.
The flashing yellow arrow is a new signal in USA. It means that you may turn in the direction of the arrow, but your turn is not protected (permissive and unprotected turn). You must yield to oncoming vehicles and turn only when there is a safe gap in traffic.
More DMV Questions about California Signs and Signals
Video: Everything You Need to Learn about Traffic Lights
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