SC DMV Permit General Questions and Answers

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Signs with orange backgrounds and black text or symbols offer

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Drivers in work zones can find specialized information and directions on temporary signs with black text or symbols on an orange backdrop.

Give way to other vehicles while they are passing you on the left so they can do so safely.

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Do not accelerate if a car is overtaking you on the left; instead, give them room to pass safely.

Please note that parking is not permitted in any of the following locations.

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At no point may you leave your vehicle parked in front of a private driveway, on a sidewalk, or within an intersection. Unless otherwise directed, parallel parking is allowed on the side of the road.

After moving into the acceleration lane, __________ to keep up with the speed of oncoming traffic.

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Enter the acceleration lane from the entrance ramp. Then gradually pick up the pace to keep up with oncoming traffic on the highway. (Avoid stopping in the acceleration lane or on the entrance ramp.) Next, indicate a lane change, watch for a suitable opening in the flow of traffic on the highway, and cautiously merge.

When there are no signals or signs at a crossing, you have to yield to

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Give way to oncoming traffic while approaching an intersection without any signals or signs. But always be ready to give up rather than take a chance on an altercation that can turn deadly.

Should the steering wheel suddenly become uncontrollable, you should

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Take your foot off the gas pedal if you find yourself unable to handle the steering wheel at all. After turning on your emergency (four-way) flashers, let your car slow down. Apply very light brakes to keep your car from spinning.

When there are three or more lanes traveling in one direction, vehicles who choose to use the left lane

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Drivers wishing to accelerate, pass, or make a left turn use the left lane when there are three or more lanes traveling in the same direction. Slower moving cars ought to yield right.

When you come upon a pedestrian who is ready to cross the street and is using a white cane or a white cane with a red tip, you have to

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A pedestrian who uses a white cane or a white cane with a red tip is blind or visually handicapped. You have to yield to the pedestrian and stop. Avoid honking as this could frighten the visually impaired person.

Under all circumstances, a motorist is required to give the right-of-way to other vehicles, with the exception of

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You can enter a junction when there is a green traffic signal. However, you have to give way to oncoming traffic before you may enter the intersection. Since a roundabout is one kind of intersection, it is also covered by this rule. Additionally, when merging or entering a main road from an alley, you have to yield to other vehicles.

If you have a brake failure while operating a vehicle, you should NOT

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Pump the brake pedal in the event that your brakes fail, unless your car has antilock brakes (ABS). You may be able to temporarily stop or slow down your car by pumping the brake fluid again. Simply compress the brake pedal hard to determine if your car begins to slow down if it has ABS. Change gears to a lower ratio. This will cause your car to slow down by using the engine's braking power. Gradually use the parking or emergency brake, but be prepared to let go if you begin to slide. Finally, apply pressure to something to decelerate your speed. Attempt to drive onto a grassy area, brush your wheels on a curb, or sideswipe the guard rail. Never let someone collide head-on. Oftentimes, head-on collisions are lethal.

It's not appropriate for you to honk.

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When there is an emergency or danger, blow your horn to alert other drivers. Additionally, other drivers anticipate you using it that way. Never honk to welcome someone or to vent your annoyance or fury.

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