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#1. When you enter city traffic from a full stop, you should:

Whenever you cross or enter city traffic from a full stop, you will need a large enough gap (from cars approaching in either direction) to get up to the speed of other vehicles.

When you enter traffic from a side road, you need enough space to first turn and then to get up to speed.

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#2. When driving in heavy rain, you should use:

Use the low beams in fog, or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead. Some vehicles also have fog lights that you should use under these conditions.

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#3. If an intersection is blocked and you cannot drive through the intersection without having to stop in the intersection:

Drivers are prohibited from entering any intersection unless there is sufficient space on the opposite side of the intersection to accommodate their vehicle without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians. This is commonly known as blocking the box or causing gridlock. When you cross traffic, you need a large enough opening to get all the way across the road.

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#4. If you are involved in a collision, you must always:

If you are involved in an accident, you must stop.

Remember, if any person is injured or killed, the police must be notified. It is a crime for you to leave a crash site in which your vehicle was involved if there is an injury or death before police have talked to you and gotten all the information they need about the crash.

Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Moving a person can make injuries worse.

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#5. When you approach a bicyclist in a multi-lane roundabout, you should:

Allow bicycles that have merged into traffic the full travel lane. Do not pass a bicyclist within an intersection or roundabout. Roundabouts are designed for low speeds, bicyclists should be moving at nearly the same speed as other vehicles.

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#6. During an enforcement stop by a police officer, you should:

When being stopped by a police vehicle:

  • Acknowledge the officer’s presence by turning on your right turn signal.
  • Drive as close as is safely practical to the right-hand edge or curb of the road, clear of any intersection, stop, and park.
  • Limit the movements of the driver and passengers while stopping your vehicle.
  • Drivers should keep their hands on the steering wheel and passengers should keep their hands in plain view.
  • Obtain your driver license and vehicle registration only when requested.
  • Keep all vehicle doors closed as the officer approaches and remain in the vehicle unless requested to get out.
  • If at night, turn on the vehicle’s interior light after stopping and before the officer approaches.

Remember, if enforcement action is taken against you that you disagree with, do not argue with the officer at the scene. Traffic violations and traffic crimes charged against you are decided in court.

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#7. The blind spot behind a large truck can stretch up to:

Blind spots may stretch up to 20 feet in front of the cab and approximately 200 feet behind the truck.

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#8. When you arrive at a traffic signal showing a steady red light, you must:

Red traffic lights mean stop. You must wait until the traffic light turns green and there is no crossing traffic before you may move ahead. If you are turning right on red, you may turn after coming to a full stop and checking to make sure that there is no oncoming traffic and no sign prohibiting the turn on a red light. Watch out for pedestrians crossing in front of your vehicle.

In Connecticut, all left turns against a red light are not permitted.

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#9. What is a basic speed rule?

Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. If the road is wet or icy, if you cannot see well, or if traffic is heavy, you must slow down. Even if you are driving the posted speed limit, you can get a ticket for traveling too fast for road conditions. This is known as the basic speed rule.

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#10. If you have wandering thoughts and trouble remembering driving the last few miles, it is most likely a symptom of:

Warning signs of fatigue include:

  • You turn up the radio or roll down the window to wake yourself up
  • You have trouble focusing, keeping your eyes open or your head up
  • You yawn or rub your eyes repeatedly
  • You drift from your lane, tailgate or miss signs or exits
  • You daydream or have wandering thoughts
  • You feel restless, irritable or aggressive
  • You have Impaired reaction time and judgment
  • You have decreased performance, alertness and motivation
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#11. What does this sign mean?

One Way. These signs are used on one-way streets or driveways. You must always go only in the direction of the arrow. Do not turn against the arrow.

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#12. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights traveling in the opposite direction on a two-lane roadway with a center turning lane, you must:

You must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching. You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling towards you and a median or other physical barrier separates the roadway. After the red lights have stopped flashing, watch for children along the side of the road and do not proceed until they have completely left the roadway and it is safe to proceed.

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#13. By law, the following vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings, except:

Some vehicles, such as transit buses, school buses, and vehicles carrying hazardous materials, must stop at all railroad crossings. If you are following this type of vehicle, be prepared to stop. Motorcycles or bicycles are not among those vehicles.

This question asked which vehicle is not required to stop.

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#14. You cannot park your car:

You cannot park within 25 feet of a stop sign.

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#15. What is the main cause of car skids?

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best way to prevent skids or hydroplaning is to keep your speed down, avoid fast turns and quick stops, and have good tire tread.

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#16. A sign with this shape means:

Four-sided diamond-shaped signs warn you of special conditions or hazards ahead. Drive with caution and be ready to slow down.

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#17. What does this sign mean?

Slippery when wet.

When pavement is wet, reduce your speed. Do not brake hard or change direction suddenly. Increase the distance between your car and the one ahead. These actions are needed on all wet roads and especially on roads where this sign is posted.

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#18. Which restraint system should you use for a child who is 3 years old and weighing 30 through 39 pounds?

State law requires children under 16 to be secured in proper child restraint and safety systems while riding in a vehicle. If under age 2, or less than 30 pounds, regardless of age, rear-facing child restraints must be used. If a child’s age and weight fall in two different categories (for example, a child is less than two years old but weighs more than 30 pounds) the more restrictive requirement (rear-facing car seat in this instance) applies.

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#19. When driving at night, you must:

A basic rule for safe night driving is to never outrun or overdrive your headlights! You must be able to stop within the distance you can see with your headlights. Your headlights will let you see about 400 feet ahead. You should drive at a speed that allows you to stop within this distance, or about 50 mph.

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#20. How does alcohol affect you?

Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time.

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#21. What does this sign mean?

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. It means you must slow down to a speed reasonable for the conditions and yield the right-of-way. Stop if necessary.

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#22. How do you check your blind spots while driving?

Blind spots are the areas you cannot see through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look over your left shoulder to check your blind spots.

Try to avoid driving on either side and slightly to the rear of another vehicle. You will be in their blind spot. Either speed up or drop back so the other driver can see your vehicle more easily.

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#23. Pavement in a two-way special left turn lane is marked on both sides with:

Two-way special left turn lanes are provided for making left turns. These lanes are marked on each side by solid yellow and broken yellow lines.

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#24. Which classified driver's license allows you to drive a large bus with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more?

With a valid class B license you may drive any single motor vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds. Class B includes straight trucks and large buses, including articulated buses. Safely driving these heavy vehicles requires considerably more knowledge and skill than driving the small trucks and buses found in Class C.

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#25. You see this road sign. What should you expect ahead?

Divided highway begins ahead. The highway ahead is split into two separate roadways by a median or divider and each roadway is one-way. Keep right.

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The Connecticut Knowledge Examination

Quick facts about the Delaware written test for learner permit and driver license:

  Number of Questions: 25
  Correct answers needed: 20
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure: 7 days

Get Ready for Your Connecticut DMV Written Examination

Connecticut knowledge test for a learner’s permit or driver’s license has 25 questions and you need 20 correct answers to pass the examination.

You must always pass a knowledge test before you can get your first learner’s permit and your first driver’s license. The knowledge test checks your knowledge of road signs, traffic signals, Connecticut traffic laws, and safe driving.

To study for the knowledge exam you must get the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. You can get a hard copy from any DMV office in this state or download a PDF-version from the DMV website . The manual is your most important tool for learning the Connecticut rules of the road.

Start studying at least 1 – 2 weeks before the first examination. The earlier you start, the better.

DMV requires two intervals of knowledge testing. One before you can get your learner’s permit and one before DMV issues the driver license. On the first examination, you can expect questions about permit restrictions, while the second is more focused on driving rules and Connecticut laws.

How to Use the Practice Tests

The sample tests are created to help you prepare and give you an idea of the real examination.

They should not be used as a replacement for the Driver’s Manual.

Even if the tests cover all important areas of the Connecticut Manual, you need to put questions and facts in a context to fully learn everything DMV will ask on the test. Simply memorizing questions and answers is often a bad strategy. This is why other passive memorizing from cheat sheets also is a bad idea.

Each Sample Test is Random

Just like the real examination, each test is random. It draws 25 random question from a large bank. You never know which questions you will get since each test is different.

You should continue practicing until you feel comfortable with questions and answers and until you can reach a full score. Don’t attempt the real examination too soon.

  Learn more: 7 Important Reminders for the DMV Written Test



Is the Connecticut DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate on the CT DMV test is around 25-30 percent. It means that 1 of 4 new test takers fail the examination, which is low compared to many other states.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

If You Speak Another Language

All DMV centers offer the knowledge test in English and Spanish.

The test for a learner’s permit are also available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somalian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

If you want to take the test in another language, always check with your center if they have the test in your language.

If you need Hearing Interpreter Service, you must allow at least two (2) weeks when scheduling your appointment date.

Learner’s Permit Requirements

To be ready for a learner’s permit, you must:

  Be at least 16 years old
  Have approval of parent or legal guardian
  Have acceptable forms of identification (including legal presence for non-citizens)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the 25-question knowledge test



What Happens if You Fail the Test?

Should you fail your knowledge exam, there is a mandatory waiting period of one week (7 days).

Use this time wisely and study the manual again and take several practice tests.

What Happens if You Pass the Test?

After passing the written knowledge test and all other requirements, DMV issues a temporary permit on paper and your real permit will be mailed to you within a couple of days.

You can now start practice your driving skills.

You must always be accompanied by a licensed driving instructor, licensed parent, or another licensed driver who is at least 20 years old and has had license for 4 years and no license suspension in last 4 years.

Under no circumstance can you practice driving on your own.

While holding a learner’s permit you cannot drive with any other passengers than the supervising driver. Exceptions include (1) when you drive with a licensed driver instructor from a commercial driving school or driver education program and (2) when passengers are your parents or legal guardians.

You must hold your permit at least 120 days, if enrolled in a driving school, or 180 days, if home taught. If you are 18 years or older, you must hold the permit for at least 90 days prior to taking the road skills test.

During the permit phase you must complete a classroom instruction course, including a 2-hour course for a parent/legal guardian, and 40 hours of on-the-road training.

You should also remember that you must always the permit in your possession when you drive.

Don’t Drink and Drive

If you are 16 or 17 years, there is an automatic suspension of your license if you drive under the influence of alcohol and your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .02 percent or more. The suspension period is at least one year.

This law applies to both public roads and private property.

Possession of alcohol by a minor on private or public property may also result in a license suspension.


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