Delaware DMV Learner Permit and Driver License Sample Tests

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#1. Which is background color on a motorist service sign like this?

Motorist service signs usually have white letters on a rectangular blue background. (For example: gas, food, and lodging.))

Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.

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#2. The amount of alcohol in the blood is generally referred to as:

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is simply a precise way of stating the amount of alcohol in a quantity of blood. It is expressed in percentages and is measured by chemical analysis.

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#3. Passing another vehicle by driving on the left side of the roadway is NOT permitted:

It is dangerous to pass where a vehicle is likely to enter or cross the road. Such places include intersections, railroad crossings, and shopping center entrances. While you are passing, your view of people, vehicles, or trains can be blocked by the vehicle you are passing. Also, drivers turning right into the approaching lane will not expect to find you approaching in their lane. They may not even look your way before turning.

By law, you may not drive to left of center of roadway when approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any intersection or railroad grade crossing, unless otherwise indicated by official traffic-control devices.

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#4. When a big rig is signaling for a right turn ahead, you can expect the driver to:

Truck drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left to safely negotiate a right turn. Cutting in between the commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right increases the possibility of a crash. When you follow a big rig, look at its turn signals before you start to pass. If the truck appears to be turning left, check the turn signals again, the driver may be turning right but first swinging wide.

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#5. When should you give sharp blast on your horn?

If there is danger, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast on your horn. Do this:

  • When a child or older person is about to walk, run, or ride into the street
  • When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you
  • When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving towards someone
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#6. What should you do at the first sign of rain?

Slow down at the first sign of rain, snow, or sleet. These all make the roadway slippery. Increase the distance from the car ahead of you. Turn on your windshield wipers, headlights, and defroster, as needed.

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#7. Signing a citation after being stopped by a police officer:

If you have questions, respectfully ask the officer to clarify. If you disagree with the officer’s decision to issue a traffic ticket, don’t prolong the contact by arguing with the officer. If you wish to contest the ticket, you will have the opportunity to explain your point of view of what happened in court. Your acceptance of a traffic ticket is not an admission of guilt.

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#8. What is true about a center left turn lane?

Enter the two-way left turn lane just before you want to make the turn. If you enter too soon, you may interfere with another driver’s use of the lane.

This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. If a two-way left turn lane has been provided, do not make a left turn from any other lane.

The lane should also be used for U-turns when they are permitted.

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

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.

Divided highways have a center strip that separates traffic going in opposite directions. The first sign is posted before a divided highway begins.

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#10. If your vehicle stalls in the path of an oncoming train, why should you stay clear of the tracks and run towards the train?

Look both ways for trains. If none are coming, try to restart your vehicle. If it does not start, or you are not sure whether a train is coming, get out and move away from your vehicle.

If there is a train coming, get out and move away from the tracks. Get as far away as you can and run in the general direction the train is coming from, so that debris from the collision will not hit you.

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#11. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at an intersection where there are no signs or signals, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At an intersection where there is no stop sign, yield sign, or traffic signal, drivers should yield to vehicles coming from the right.

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#12. Who are more affected by alcohol?

New drivers are more affected by alcohol than experienced drivers because they are still learning to drive.

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#13. If a traffic signal light is not working, you should proceed as if the intersection is, in all directions, controlled by:

In the event that traffic signals are in place and no lighted indication is visible to an approaching driver, the approaching driver shall reduce speed and prepare to yield to other vehicles that are in or approaching the intersection. (Delaware Code 21.41 – 4108 Traffic-control signal legend.)

Note: In most states you must come to a complete stop. A dark traffic signal is treated the same way as a stop sign in those states.

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#14. You can park your car:

Parking five inches from a sidewalk is allowed.

Parking is not allowed on a crosswalk, bridge, or in front of a driveway.

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#15. This flagger signal means:

To stop traffic, the free arm is held with the palm above shoulder level and facing the viewer.

Remember, motorists are responsible for knowing how to read and react to these directions.

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#16. Which of the following acts could be driving behaviors related to aggression rather than inexperience?

Aggressive driving is defined in terms of existing Title 21 offenses such as failure to yield, unsafe lane change, disregard of a traffic control device, failure to stop at the command of a police officer, following too closely, passing on a shoulder, and speeding. Individuals convicted of three or more of these offenses as a result of continuous conduct are guilty of aggressive driving and are subject to increased penalties.

Offenders will be fined between $100.00 and $300.00 for the first offense. Additionally, offenders are required to complete a behavioral modification/attitudinal-driving course within 90 days after the conviction for aggressive driving. Failure to attend the course will result in suspension of the individual’s driving privilege.

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#17. The use of a cell phone while driving is:

There is no general prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Delaware.

Delaware law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones and texting while driving.

Those who wish to talk on their cell phone while driving must use a hands-free device.

Drivers are permitted to dial a phone number or to activate/deactivate their wireless equipment, and then they must put the device down. Delaware has also banned the use of pagers, PDAs, BlackBerry devices, laptops, games or portable computers, two-way communication devices, and any other handheld electronic communication devices, while driving.

A holder of a level one learner’s permit must not operate a motor vehicle while using a cellular telephone, text messager, or similar electronic device (including hands-free).

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#18. This is the shape and background color of:

This is an example of an Interstate route sign.

The interstate system has route markers in the shape of a shield. The top quarter carries the legend interstate in white letters on a red background while the bottom three-quarters is blue with the route number in large white letters.

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#19. If you see an accident ahead and need to make a sudden stop, you can warn drivers behind you by:

If you are going to stop or slow down at a place where another driver does not expect it, tap your brake pedal three or four times quickly to let those behind you know you are about to slow down. Never stop in a travel lane, unless necessary for safety or to obey a law.

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#20. If you want to turn at an intersection, but end up in a lane marked for through traffic, you must:

Many streets have signs or pavement markings indicating a particular lane is to be used for a particular traffic movement. When a lane is marked with both a curved and straight arrow, turning or proceeding straight ahead is allowed.

When a lane is marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must go in the direction the arrow points – there is no option.

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#21. What does this sign mean?

The road will curve to the left. Note the difference between Curve and Sharp Turn signs.

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#22. The risk of hydroplaning and skidding increase:

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.

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#23. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign or adjust speed to traffic.

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#24. When should you use your high-beam headlights?

Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams let you see twice as far as low beams. It is important to use high beams on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.

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#25. When making a right turn you should do all the following, except:

You should not try to make the turn as wide as possible. Complete the turn in the right lane.

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#26. You approach a stopped police vehicle on a multi-lane roadway. The vehicle has its emergency lights activated. What should you do?

Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way by making appropriate lane changes when possible. If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe, proceed with caution and reduce to a safe speed.

The Move-Over law also applies to authorized DelDOT vehicles and tow trucks.

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#27. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, it is often a good idea to:

Take breaks. Stop every hour or so or when you need to. Walk around, get some fresh air, and have some coffee, soda, or juice. The few minutes spent on a rest break can save your life.

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#28. If the engine dies while you are driving:

If the engine dies while you are driving, keep a strong grip on the steering wheel. Be aware that the steering wheel may be difficult to turn, but you can turn it. Pull off the roadway. The brakes should still work, but you may have to push very hard on the brake pedal.

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#29. When it is hard for you to see ahead because of darkness or bad weather, you need to:

When it is hard for you to see ahead because of darkness or bad weather, you need to increase your following distance.

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#30. The best way to avoid last minute moves when driving is to:

To be a good driver, you must know what is happening around your vehicle. You must look ahead, to the sides, and behind the vehicle. Scanning helps you to see problems ahead, vehicles and people that may be in the road by the time you reach them, signs warning of problems ahead, and signs giving you directions.

Remember, take in the whole scene. If you only look at the middle of the road, you will miss what is happening on the side of the road and behind you.

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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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