Delaware DMV Learner Permit and Driver License Sample Tests



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#1. What should you do if a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, and fails to dim the lights?

If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, flash your headlights quickly a couple of times. If the driver fails to dim the lights, look toward the right side of the road. This will keep you from being blinded by the other vehicle’s headlights. You should also be able to see enough of the edge of the road to remain on course.


#2. Road signs with the horizontal rectangular shape are usually used for:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used for guide or information signs.


#3. In this situation (approaching the bicyclist from behind), you should:

Be patient when passing a bicyclist. Slow down and pass only when it is safe. Do not squeeze the bicyclist off the road. In this situation passing on the other half of the roadway is not allowed.


#4. When headlights are required, can you drive with just your parking lights on?

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


#5. if you need to stop quickly without Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), you should:

Without ABS you can cause the vehicle to go into a skid if you brake too hard.

if you need to stop quickly, you should apply the brakes as hard as you can without locking them. If the brakes lock up, you will feel the vehicle start to skid. Quickly let up on the brake pedal. As soon as the vehicle stops skidding, push down on the brake pedal again. Keep doing this until the vehicle has stopped.


#6. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of a divided highway. The bus is flashing its red lights. You must:

You must always stop before reaching any school bus from either direction when it is stopped to load or unload school children except when you are on the opposite side of a highway having four or more lanes, even then proceed slowly.

The overhead alternately flashing red lights and stop arm will be activated when the bus is stopped to pick up and discharge pupils. You must not proceed until the red lights have stopped flashing, and the stop arm has been retracted, then proceed cautiously.


#7. 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.


#8. 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.


#9. When you park on the other side of the street across from a fire station driveway where signs are posted, you must keep this distance from the fire station driveway:

It is illegal to park within 20 feet of driveway entrance to any fire station or on opposite side of street within 75 feet of entrance when signs are posted.


#10. What can you do to help prevent injured persons from going into shock at the scene of an accident?

To prevent an injured person from going into shock, cover the individual with a blanket or warm clothing such as a coat or jacket.


#11. A license applicant over age 18 will be issued a temporary instruction permit. This permit is valid for:

A temporary instruction permit (learner’s permit) is issued to first time applicants over age 18. The learner’s permit will be issued for six months. While you are learning to drive you must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is qualified to drive the class of vehicle in which you are training, and he/she must be at least 21 years of age.


#12. You must come to a complete stop, yield, and then only proceed when safe:

Flashing red light means the same as a stop sign. You must come to a complete stop. Proceed only when safe.


#13. A green colored pavement marks:

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.


#14. When asked by an officer at a traffic stop, a driver must:

At a traffic stop an individual must provide:

  • his/her name and address
  • an explanation as to why he/she is driving on the roadway
  • where he/she is going

Similarly, passengers in a vehicle must also provide their information and/or exit the vehicle, if requested to do so by the officer.


#15. You must look for bicycle riders on the road because they:

Bicycles are vehicles, therefore bicyclists must obey all traffic laws and motorists must treat bikes like all other vehicles. Bicyclists have the right to use all roads except those from which they are specifically excluded.


#16. You approach this sign. What should you expect ahead?

Sharp Turn. Road ahead makes a sharp turn in the direction of the arrow (right). Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.

Note the difference between a curve to the right and a sharp turn to the right.


#17. All the following is true about alcohol, except:

It is not true that drinking three drinks in one hour has the same effect as three drinks in three hours. Drinking three drinks in one hour will affect you more.

This question asked what is not true (you need to select the statement that is false).


#18. What is true about drugs and driving?

Driving under the influence of any drug which impairs your ability to drive safely is illegal.


#19. If you have a flat tire or blowout while driving, you should take your foot off the gas pedal and:

If a tire suddenly goes flat, hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Do not stop on the road if possible. Pull off the road in a safe place.


#20. After a train has passed at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

Crossings with more than one train track often will post a sign that shows the number of tracks. These signs warn you that there is more than one track and there may be more than one train crossing. Wait until you have a clear view down all tracks before you start across.


#21. What does this sign mean?

No right turn. You cannot make a right turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.


#22. When you are passing a truck and traffic ahead is stopping or slowing down, you should:

When passing a truck, first check to your front and rear and then move to the left into the passing lane only if it is clear and you are in a legal passing zone. Complete your pass as quickly as possible, and do not stay alongside the other vehicle. Move back only when you can see the front of the truck in your rearview mirror. Cutting into the open space in front of a truck is dangerous. After you pass a truck, maintain your speed.


#23. Pavement marking with a double solid white line means:

Multiple lanes of travel in the same direction are separated by white lane markings.

A dashed (broken) white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe to do so.

A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you are discouraged from changing lanes.

Double solid white lines prohibit lane changing.

Solid white lines are also used along the side of the road show you where the outside edge of the travel lane is located.


#24. What is true about backing up your car?

Back up slowly – your vehicle is much harder to steer while you are backing. Place your right arm on the back of the seat and turn around so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend on your rearview or side mirrors as you cannot see directly behind your vehicle.


#25. You may drive off the paved portion of the highway to pass another vehicle:

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.


#26. It is illegal to drive on a sidewalk except to:

It is illegal to drive on a sidewalk except to cross it.


#27. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?

You must obey the instructions of a police officer even though they may be contrary to laws, signs, signals, and markings – such instructions are occasionally necessary to keep traffic moving safely. You must also obey instructions from flaggers and school crossing guards.


#28. When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work:

If you cannot get your brakes to work, use the parking brake. Pull on the parking brake handle slowly so you will not lock the rear wheels and cause a skid. Be ready to release the brake if the vehicle does start to skid. If that does not work, start shifting to lower gears and look for a safe place to slow to a stop. Make sure the vehicle is off the roadway. Do not drive the vehicle without brakes.


#29. You see this sign beside the road, you should:

Traffic signal ahead. This sign warns of traffic signals at the intersection ahead. Slow down. Poor visibility is likely.


#30. The three-second rule is a way for you to determine:

There is an easy way to tell if you are following too closely. It is called the three-second rule, and it works at any speed. There are situations where you need more space in front of your vehicle. In the following situations, you may need a four-second following distance to be safe:

  • On slippery roads.
  • When the driver behind you wants to pass.
  • When following motorcycles.
  • When following drivers who cannot see you.
  • When you have a heavy load or are pulling a trailer.
  • When it is hard for you to see.
  • When being followed closely.
  • When following emergency vehicles.
  • When approaching railroad crossings.
  • When stopped on a hill or incline.
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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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