Delaware DMV Learner Permit and Driver License Sample Tests



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#1. The law allows parking in all following places, except:

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#2. If the pavement is wet as you approach this sign, it is dangerous to:

Slippery when wet.

In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a slow speed. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses since pavement on bridges can be wet or icy even when other pavement is not.


#3. Once you have entered a roundabout, you should:

Do not stop in a roundabout, except to avoid a collision. If you are inside the roundabout, vehicles entering must yield.


#4. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

Use your low beams when following another vehicle or when in heavy traffic. You should also 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 have fog lights that you also should use under these conditions.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.


#5. A center lane marked on both sides by a solid yellow line and a broken yellow line is used for:

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.


#6. This sign tells you that the bridge ahead:

This sign is used on two-way roadways in advance of any bridge or culvert that has only one lane. This lane must be shared by traffic from both directions. Temporary traffic signals might be installed, or a flagman stationed to direct and let traffic take turns using the single lane bridge.


#7. You are approaching this intersection where a red traffic signal is shown. You wish to turn. Where should you stop?

Green pavement marks a bike box. The bike box is a designated area at the head of a traffic lane at intersections that provides bicyclists with a safe way to turn and a visible way to get ahead of traffic. The benefits to a bike box is that it increases the visibility of bicyclists, helps prevent conflicts with turning vehicles, provides priority of bicyclists at signalized crossing at major intersections and bicyclists can avoid breathing exhaust fumes.


#8. This is:

This is an advisory speed sign. It is the recommended speed for its stretch of highway. Often posted under other warning signs.

Advisory speed signs are posted along portions of highways to warn you that conditions may often make it unsafe to drive faster. Although an advisory speed is not a specific speed limit, if you exceed it and have an accident, it may well be concluded that you violated the general speed restriction and you could be subject to arrest.


#9. When you see emergency lights behind you, you should:

When you see emergency lights behind you, stay calm, activate your turn signal, and pull off or to the side of the roadway as soon and safely as possible. When pulling over for an emergency vehicle, movements should be made to the right side of the roadway, whenever possible.


#10. Which of these statements about drugs and driving is true?

Besides alcohol, there are many other drugs that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. This is true of many prescription drugs and even many of the drugs you can buy without a prescription. Drugs taken for headaches, colds, hay fever or other allergies, or those to calm nerves can make a person drowsy and affect his/her driving. Pep pills, uppers, and diet pills can make a driver feel more alert for a short time. Later however, they can cause a person to be nervous, dizzy, unable to concentrate, and they can affect your vision. Other prescription drugs can affect your reflexes, judgment, vision, and alertness in ways like alcohol.


#11. Backing a vehicle on controlled access highways:

Never back up on controlled access highways (freeways and expressways).

Never back a vehicle in any travel lane except to parallel park, or if necessary to exit a driveway. It is unsafe to do so. Drivers do not expect a vehicle to be backing towards them and may not realize it until it is too late. If you miss your turn or exit, do not back up – go on to where you can safely turn around.


#12. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median or other physical barrier.


#13. On cold, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to hide spots of ice?

On cold, wet days shady spots can be icy. These areas freeze first and dry out last.

Overpasses and other types of bridges also have icy spots. The pavement on bridges can be icy even when other part of the road is not. This is because bridges can be colder than other roadways. Remember, bridges and overpasses tend to freeze before the rest of the road does.


#14. You near an intersection. The traffic light changes from the green to yellow. What would your best action be?

A steady yellow light means caution. The signal is changing from green to red. You should prepare to stop. If you are too close to stop safely, continue through the intersection with care.


#15. What is the background color of a warning sign like this?

Orange is used for construction and maintenance work area warning. Most signs used in highway and street work areas are orange and diamond shaped. A few signs are rectangular.


#16. If you need to use arm signals, how would you signal a right turn?

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#17. What is the first thing you must do if you are involved in an accident with a parked vehicle?

If you are involved in an accident with a parked vehicle, you must try to locate the owner. If you cannot, leave a note in a place where it can be seen with information on how the owner can reach you and the date and time of the accident.


#18. Why is it important to know what kind of braking system your vehicle has?

Knowing how to apply your brakes in an emergency may save your life. Conventional and anti-lock brakes (ABS) are used differently, so it is important to know what kind of braking system your vehicle has.


#19. If you drive much slower than the flow of traffic on an interstate, you:

You must not drive a motor vehicle at such slow speed as to impede normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when necessary for safety or compliance with law.


#20. Following this vehicle too closely is unwise because:

The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead and to be seen.


#21. You should adjust your seat, rearview mirror, and side mirror:

You should always check your seat and mirrors before you start to drive. Make any adjustments to the seat and mirrors before you drive off.

You should be able to see out the back window with the rearview mirror and to the sides with the side mirrors. A good adjustment for the side mirrors is to set them so that when you lean forward slightly, you can see just the side of your vehicle.


#22. Car tires are worn-out and unsafe if the remaining tread depth is:

Tires must have no bulges, no fabric showing, no bald areas and no cuts. Tread depth must be at least 2/32 inch measured in two adjacent treads.

Check the tread with a penny. Stick the penny into the tread head first. If the tread does not come at least to Abe’s head, the tire is unsafe, and you need to replace it.


#23. When you meet a truck coming from the opposite direction, keep as far as possible to the side:

When you meet a truck coming from the opposite direction, keep as far as possible to the side to avoid a sideswipe accident and to reduce the wind turbulence between the two vehicles. Remember that the turbulence pushes the vehicles part. It does not suck them together.


#24. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

Leave extra room for vehicles required to come to a stop at railroad crossings, including transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles must always stop at the railroad crossing.


#25. One primary factor that affects absorption of alcohol and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is:

The lower the weight of the drinker, the lower the amount of alcoholic beverage it takes to bring the blood alcohol concentration to a specified level. It takes about half as much for a person weighing 100 pounds as for another weighing 200 pounds.


#26. If you are being tailgated, you increases the risk of a collision from behind if you:

Every now and then you may find yourself being followed closely or tailgated by another driver. If you are being followed too closely and there is a right lane, move over to the right. If there is no right lane, wait until the road ahead is clear then reduce speed slowly. This will encourage the tailgater to drive around you. Never slow down quickly to discourage a tailgater, all that does is increase your risk of being hit from behind.


#27. When entering a high-speed roadway, you should check traffic by:

Use your mirrors so that you know what is behind you. When changing lanes or entering a main roadway, use your turn signals and make sure the lane is clear. Look to the rear over your shoulder as well as in the rear-view mirror.


#28. If you are going to drive in heavy rain and want to avoid hydroplaning, the most important thing to check before getting behind the wheel is your:

When it is raining or the road is wet, most tires have good traction up to about 35 mph. However, as you go faster, your tires will start to ride upon the water, like water skis. This is called hydroplaning. In a heavy rain, your tires can lose all traction with the road at about 50 mph. Bald or badly worn tires will lose traction at much lower speeds. The best way to keep from hydroplaning is to slow down in the rain or when the road is wet.


#29. Your headlights will let you see about 400 feet ahead. When it is dark, you should drive at a speed that allows you to stop within this distance, or about:

It is harder to see at night. You must be closer to an object to see it at night than during the day. You must be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead 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 (about 50 mph).


#30. If your car is equipped with an airbag on the passenger side, you should:

No child under age 12 and 65 inches in height can sit in the front passenger seat of a vehicle that has an active airbag in front of it.

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The Delaware Written Test for Learner Permit and Driver License

Quick facts about the Delaware knowledge examination:

  Number of Questions: 30
  Correct answers needed: 24
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure: 10 days

Prepare for Your Delaware DMV Written Examination

This sample test is designed to help you pass the Delaware DMV knowledge examination for a learner permit or a regular Class D driver license.

The official exam has 30 multiple-choice questions drawn from the information in the latest driver’s manual.

You should always make sure you a copy of the manual or a PDF-version on your phone or computer. You need this manual to study and learn all the rules of the road.

Visit a service center to get a hard copy or download the PDF-version online .

How to Use Sample Tests

The sample tests are a learning tool to give you an idea of the kind of questions you will see on the Delaware DMV examination. They will also give you a hint of your level of readiness. Don’t attempt the real examination if you cannot reach a score of 95 – 100% (29 or 30 correct answers) on the sample test.

Sample tests don’t replace the manual. They work best together with the manual. Look up everything you miss on the practice tests. It will help you learn better and faster.

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The Best Way to Ace the Test

The best way to ace the test is to force yourself to read slowly!

After reading a question, see if you can answer the answer on your own before you look at the answer choices. In most cases, you should have a good idea of the correct answer.

Then read the possible choices and look for the correct one.

If your answer does not match one of the choices, try to eliminate the ones that are obviously wrong. There is often at least one choice that is far-fetched or doesn’t make sense.

Before you click on the choice you think is correct, read everything again. It is difficult to do that on a test, but studies show that test takers tend to miss key information in a question and answer too quickly, even when they knew basic facts.

  Read more: 7 Important Reminders for the DMV Written Test

Is the Delaware Test Hard?

Delaware does not release failure rates on the knowledge test, but it is estimated that around 25-30 percent of all first-time test takers fail the test. The difficulty on the test is rated moderate.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What Should You Expect from the Test?

The official test has questions about road signs, traffic signals, Delaware motor vehicle laws, and general safety practices.

You should expect 10 road sign questions and 20 questions about rules of the road, traffic laws, and safe driving practices.

Of these 20 questions, two will be related to traffic stops by a law-enforcement officer. You must understand laws regarding questioning and detention by a law-enforcement officer, what your rights are, and how you should interact with a law-enforcement officer during a traffic stop. Note that the latest version of the Delaware driver’s manual has a special chapter about traffic stops and what DMV can ask on the test.

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