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#1. 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.

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

You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot. Look over your shoulder in the direction you plan to move. Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off the road ahead for more than an instant. Traffic ahead of you could stop suddenly while you are checking traffic to the sides, rear, or over your shoulder.

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#3. Unless otherwise posted, you can legally park at a railroad crossing, if you keep this distance from the nearest rail:

Unless otherwise posted, parking is not allowed within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.

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#4. For a U-turn in a roundabout with multiple lanes, you should:

Be in the right approach lane if you intend to turn right, be in the left approach lane if you intend on making a left or U-turn, and any approach lane is okay if you are proceeding straight

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#5. Using an unpaved shoulder to pass another vehicle on the right is allowed:

You may use the shoulder to pass left-turning vehicles on the right in Delaware. Other drivers will not expect you to be there so extreme care is required.

Remember, you may only pass left-turning vehicles on the right using the shoulder when necessary. You may not pass on the shoulder in any other situation. Passing on the shoulder is prohibited in most states.

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#6. What is true about signaling?

Always signal to other drivers when you plan to turn left, right, slow down, or stop. Signals may be given by hand-and-arm positions or by using the vehicle’s signal lights

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#7. Which is a good advice when dealing with driving and social drinking situations?

If you drink alcohol, do not drive! There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Arrange to go with two or more persons and agree which one of you will not drink alcohol. You can rotate among the group, with one person being a designated driver. You can use public transportation or use a cab, if available.

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#8. If red lights are flashing at a railroad crossing, you should:

At some crossings, you will see side-by-side lights that will flash when a train is approaching. When the lights are flashing, you must stop. Remain stopped until the train passes by and the lights stop flashing.

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#9. 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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#10. When the roads are covered with ice, you must:

Because you need more distance to stop your vehicle on slippery roads, you must leave more space in front of you. If the vehicle ahead suddenly stops, you will need the extra distance to stop safely.

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#11. If you drink three beers, approximately how long will it take for all the alcohol to leave your blood stream?

It takes about an hour for your body to get rid of each drink.

Once in the bloodstream, the alcohol is distributed to all parts of the body, including the brain and liver. Upon reaching the liver, the alcohol immediately begins to be oxidized.

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#12. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

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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#13. This sign tells you that the center lane is used for:

The two-way left turn only sign tells you that the center lane is reserved for the exclusive use of left-turning vehicles in either direction. The lane cannot be used for passing, overtaking, or through travel.

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#14. Car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:

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.

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#15. If you want to pass a large truck on a multi-lane highway, it is advisable to pass:

Complete your pass as quickly as possible, and do not stay alongside the other vehicle. Always pass a large vehicle completely and always on the left side.

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#16. What does this sign mean?

The Wrong Way sign is a supplement to the do not enter sign. It is placed along the exit ramp or the one-way roadway farther from the crossroad. It is used to identify a one-way street, expressway ramp or the wrong direction or wrong side of a divided highway. If you pass this sign, you are already driving against traffic. Turn around!

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#17. When is it important to use high-beam headlights?

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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#18. Which of the following would be indicated by a diamond shaped road sign?

General warning signs are usually yellow with black lettering or symbols and most are diamond shaped. These signs warn you to slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary. They warn you that a special situation or a hazard is ahead.

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#19. The following are true about motorcyclists and motorists, except:

Remember, motorcycles are harder to see. They can easily disappear into your blind spots. Motorcycles are only about two feet wide compared with the five- to six-foot width of an automobile. Even when seen, it is difficult for some drivers to judge how far away motorcyclists are.

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#20. You end up in a lane marked for turns only when you want to go straight through the intersection. What should you do?

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. Compared to daytime, what is true about excessive speed at night?

Night driving is always more difficult and dangerous than day driving. You can make your night driving safer by keeping your speed low enough to be able to stop in the distance you can see ahead. Never over drive your headlights.

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#22. When is it wrong to use your horn?

There are several other occasions when you should not use your horn. They include:

  • Encouraging someone to drive faster or get out of the way
  • Apprising other drivers of an error
  • Greeting a friend
  • Around blind pedestrians or horses

This question asked when you should NOT use your horn.

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#23. What does a lane control sign with a steady yellow X mean?

Although not common in Delaware, you may find some travel lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double dashed yellow lines. Before you start driving in them, check to see which lanes you can use at that time. There may be signs posted by the side of the road or overhead. Special lights are often used.

A green arrow means you can use the lane beneath it. A red X means you cannot.

A steady yellow X means that the use of the lane is changing, and you should move out of it as soon as it is safe to do so.

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#24. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway and you cannot move it off the road:

If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, make sure that other drivers can see it. All too often crashes occur because a driver did not see a stalled vehicle until it was too late to stop. Try to stop where other drivers have a clear view of your vehicle if you cannot get your vehicle off the roadway. (Do not stop just over a hill or just around a curve.)

Turn on your emergency flashers to show you are having trouble. If you have them, place emergency flares behind the vehicle.

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#25. When approaching work zones, you should:

Stay alert for changing traffic patterns and slowing or stopped traffic. Stopped traffic may be hidden around a curve or over a hill. Pay close attention to traffic signs and other devices, such as cones, that are placed to safely guide you through the work zone. Watch for slower speeds limits. Maintain a reasonable spacing between vehicles. You may have nowhere to go if you are traveling too fast or following too closely and the vehicle in front of you suddenly slows or stops.

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#26. Where should you expect to this sign?

Two-direction arrow. You cannot go straight ahead. This sign is placed at a T-intersection. Yield right of way or stop before turning right or left.

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#27. Up to what age or weight must a child be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat?

Delaware law requires all children under age eight or 65 lbs. to be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.

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#28. What is the best way to keep traction and avoid hydroplaning on wet roads?

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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#29. If you fail to provide identification or fail to explain your actions during a traffic stop, you will be:

A person who fails to provide identification or who fails to explain his/her actions to the satisfaction of the officer, may be detained, further questioned, and investigated. A detention does not mean a person is under arrest. At the end of the detention period, which may not exceed two hours, the person will either be released, or arrested and charged with a crime.

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#30. When you see this sign, what should you expect ahead?

Reverse turn. This sign tells you that you must turn right, then left. The reverse turn sign marks two turns in opposite directions that are less than 600 feet apart.

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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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