The Tennessee DOS permit test will include a number of questions dedicated to road signs and pavement markings. In studying road signs for the permit test, you will need a copy of the TN DMV handbook, a reliable driver’s education course which can teach you about road sign categories, and access to realistic permit practice test questions. All these resources – and many more besides – are available right here on, completely free of charge! If you are keen to get your hands on that learner’s permit to start practicing your driving skills, start your study plan by checking out the comprehensive list of road signs and pavement markings on this page.

We have sorted every road sign you could be asked about during the Tennessee permit test into four distinct categories, to help you understand their meaning. While rules of the road differ a little from state to state, road signs and pavement markings are largely the same everywhere. Specific colors and shapes are used in the design of road signs to help motorists identify their meaning quickly, based on their category. Warning signs are nearly always yellow and diamond-shaped; regulatory signs are black and white; guide signs are blue and green and work zone signs are orange. Some of the most important regulatory signs like “STOP”, “YIELD” and “DO NOT ENTER” also incorporate the color red. While learning about road signs in preparation for the DMV written test, it is important to consider them as part of an entire category rather than seeking to memorize each road sign individually. This will help you answer questions correctly during the Tennessee DMV road signs test, should you encounter a road sign which you do not immediately recognize. The color and shape of the sign will tell you which type of road sign it is, which will help you to work out its meaning based on the multiple-choice permit test answers available.

Pavement markings are designed to organize streams of traffic. They tell motorists where they may drive, what different lanes can be used for and when they must stop or yield to cross traffic. While pavement markings may appear a bit of a mystery to begin with, you will eventually learn to read them based on their color, position and pattern. Reading the “Signs, Signals & Markings” section of our Tennessee drivers ed course will help you get to grips with road signs, traffic signals and pavement markings prior to the 2024 learners permit test. The course is free and available for instant access online; it represents a great place to begin your studies, if you have yet to start memorizing road signs.

Unless you have a photographic memory, it is likely to take several study sessions to bring your road sign and pavement marking knowledge up-to-scratch prior to the TN permit test. We recommend you finish each study session by completing one of our DMV permit practice test quizzes, to reinforce your new knowledge. To help you focus on road sign and pavement marking knowledge, we have created a road signs permit practice test for Tennessee learners. This free DMV practice test will present you with a series of multiple-choice questions, asking you to identify the meaning of a given road sign or choose a road sign to match a given meaning. These DMV test questions are exactly like those you will face during the real Tennessee permit test! If you can score highly on our quiz each time you use it, passing the real assessment should be a walk in the park.

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