Delaware DMV Learner Permit and Driver License Sample Tests



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#1. By looking at least 10 seconds ahead on the roadway:

To avoid last-minute braking or the need to turn, you should look well down the road. By looking ahead and being ready to stop or change lanes if needed, you can drive more safely, save fuel, help keep traffic moving at a steady pace, and allow yourself time to better see around your vehicle and alongside the road. Looking well down the road will also help you to steer straighter with less weaving. Safer drivers tend to look at least 10 seconds ahead of their vehicle.


#2. Once you have entered a roundabout, you should do all the following except:

Once you are in the roundabout, stay in your designated lane. Do not stop or pass other vehicles.

This question asked what you should not do.


#3. This flag person signals that you must:

Flag persons are often provided in highway and street work zones to stop, slow or guide traffic safely through the area. This person signals that you may proceed slowly.

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


#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. If you lose control of the steering wheel, you should:

If you suddenly have no control of the steering wheel, ease your foot off the gas pedal. Allow your vehicle to come to a slow stop. Brake very gently to prevent your vehicle from skidding.


#6. A crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing has the same meaning as:

A white, X-shaped sign or crossbuck is located at railroad crossings. This sign has the same meaning as a yield sign. You must yield to crossing trains.

As you approach any railroad crossing, slow down, and look up and down the tracks to make sure a train is not coming. Do not assume that a train is not coming even if you have never seen one at that crossing before. Always expect a train.


#7. A traffic signal showing a steady yellow light means:

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.


#8. When driving on slippery roads, 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.


#9. Your car must have the following equipment:

Windshield wipers are required to clean rain, snow, or other moisture from windshield.

No ordinary vehicle shall be equipped with any siren or exhaust or compression whistle. A red light showing from the front is also not allowed.

Fog lights are optional.


#10. A vehicle carrying this sign is designed to operate at a speed of:

Farm tractors, animal-drawn vehicles, and roadway maintenance vehicles usually go 25 mph or less. These vehicles should have a slow-moving vehicle decal (an orange triangle) on the back.

Some vehicles cannot travel fast or have trouble keeping up with the speed of traffic. If you spot these vehicles early, you have time to change lanes or slow down safely. Slowing suddenly can cause a traffic accident.


#11. If you get angry or upset, you should:

If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to cool off. If necessary, take a short walk, but stay off the road until you have calmed down.

Remember, emotions can have a great effect on your driving safely. You may not be able to drive well if you are overly worried, excited, afraid, angry, or depressed.


#12. 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.


#13. If a police officer issues a citation requiring your signature, you should:

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.


#14. This sign tells you:

Used to regulate traffic, this sign tells you the minimum speed limit for the stretch of highway where it is posted.


#15. This sign tells you to:

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.


#16. A road sign that is vertical rectangular usually indicates:

Vertical rectangles, including square signs, are generally used for regulatory signs. They give instructions or tell you the rules of the road. Some warning signs may also have this shape.

In the horizontal position, the signs generally give directions or information.


#17. The area in the center of this road is used for:

Shared center lanes are reserved for making left turns (or U-turns when they are permitted) but can be used by vehicles traveling in both directions. On the pavement, left-turn arrows for traffic in one direction alternate with left-turn arrows for traffic coming from the other direction. These lanes are marked on each side by solid yellow and dashed yellow lines.


#18. When entering high-speed highways:

Enter the expressway at or near the speed of traffic. Do not stop before merging with expressway traffic unless necessary. Expressway traffic has the right-of-way. Watch for vehicles around you. Use your mirrors and turn signals. Turn your head to look quickly to the side before changing lanes.


#19. 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


#20. Many car/bicycle accidents occur because:

Many car/bike accidents occur because the motorist does not see the bicyclist, while the bicyclist falsely assumes that the motorist has seen him. Motorists are accustomed to searching only for motor vehicles and tend to overlook oncoming bicyclists. Be especially careful to look for bicyclists when you are preparing to enter a roadway or to make a turn.


#21. You must make a report after an accident when damage to one of the vehicles is over $500:

The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident shall immediately report such accident to the police agency which has primary jurisdictional responsibility for the location in which the accident occurred:

1. When the accident results in injury or death to any person.

2. When the accident occurs on a public highway, and it results in property damage to an apparent extent of $500.00 or more.

3. When it appears that an accident involves a driver whose physical ability has been impaired as a result of alcohol or drug use, and it results in property damage to an apparent extent of $1,000.00 or more.


#22. When is a good time to adjust your rearview and side mirrors?

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.


#23. You should not stop at the scene of an accident unless:

Do not stop at an accident unless you are involved or if emergency help has not yet arrived. Keep your attention on your driving and keep moving, watching for people who might be in or near the road.


#24. When a traffic signal is showing a solid red light:

A steady red light means stop.

Right turns on red are permissible after full stop, except when prohibited by a posted sign or a steady red arrow is displayed. Left turns on red are permissible after full stop from a one-way street to another one-way street unless prohibited by a posted sign or a steady red arrow is displayed.

You must stop at the stop line, before the crosswalk, or before entering the intersection should no stop line or crosswalk be present. Make turns with caution, when safe to do so.


#25. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

If you meet a vehicle that does not dim its lights, look to the right edge of the road to avoid being blinded. Remember, it takes time for your eyes to adjust after meeting a vehicle at night.

Do not try to get back at other driver by keeping your headlights turned to the high-beam setting. If you do, both of you may be blinded.


#26. 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.


#27. This sign tells you there is an intersection ahead. What is the best thing to do?

Side road enters highway from right. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.


#28. A driver 21 years or older can be charged with driving under the influence:

In Delaware a BAC of .08 or greater or the presence of any drug is conclusive evidence that a driver is under the influence. However, a driver can be charged with driving under the influence if the BAC is under .08.

The impairment you exhibit at the time you are stopped may be enough to convict you of a DUI even without a BAC measurement.


#29. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

The rear corners of your vehicle are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.

Do not drive in another vehicle’s blind spot. Either speed up or drop back so the other driver can see your vehicle more easily.

When passing another vehicle, get through the other driver’s blind spot as quickly as you can. The longer you stay there, the longer you are in danger of him/her turning into you.


#30. What is true about driving at a slow speed?

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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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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