Utah Learner’s Permit – Written Test Practice – Cheat Sheet

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#1. To transport more than 16 passengers in a vehicle weighing 26,000 lbs. or less, you need the following license:

A Class C license is required if the vehicle has a maximum weight of 26,000 pounds and is designed to transport more than 16 passengers.

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#2. This sign means:

Cross road. A road crosses the main highway ahead. Look in all directions for other traffic.

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#3. How many extra driving lights are allowed to be mounted on your vehicle?

You are not allowed to mount more than two extra driving lights.

A motor vehicle on a highway may not have more than a total of four lamps lighted on the front of the vehicle including head lamps, auxiliary lamps, spot lamps, or any other lamp if the lamp projects a beam of an intensity greater than 300 candlepower.

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#4. What does a solid white line between lanes mean?

A dashed white line between lanes of traffic indicates a driver may cross the line to change lanes, but only if it is safe. A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that a driver should stay within the lane.

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#5. Two-thirds of accidents involving a car and a motorcycle are the result of:

Intersections are the most likely place for motorcycle crashes to occur. For crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the other vehicle violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way two-thirds of the time.

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#6. Without a special recommendation of the court, a conviction of disobeying a stop sign will result in how many points on your driving record?

50 points will be assessed if you are convicted of disobeying a stop sign.

Except for speeding citations, points may vary plus or minus 10 percent, depending upon the recommendation of the court.

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#7. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ends. The road ahead has two-way traffic.

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#8. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that they need less room to maneuver.

Trucks are not designed to be as maneuverable as cars. Trucks have longer stopping and acceleration distances, take wider areas to turn, and weigh much more than cars.

This question asked which statement is false.

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#9. You are preparing to pass another vehicle when the vehicle ahead of you stops at a crosswalk. What should you do?

Never pass when a vehicle in front of you has stopped at a crosswalk.

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#10. When you approach a traffic signal with a flashing yellow light, you must:

When approaching a flashing yellow traffic signal light, you should exercise caution at the intersection and proceed through the intersection at a reduced speed.

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#11. You have been involved in an argument before getting behind the wheel. You are angry and upset. In this situation, you should:

If you are angry or excited, give yourself time to cool off. Take a walk or talk to a friend. Do anything, but stay off the road until you have cooled down.

If you are worried about something, do something that will allow you to concentrate on your driving. Listen to the radio or sing to yourself.

Remember, mental and emotional conditions are just as important as physical health concerns. If your mind is not on your driving, you are probably not driving safely.

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#12. Your main blind spot is the area directly in front of the vehicle.

Blind spots are areas which cannot be seen when using your mirrors. Drivers who fail to check these areas by looking over their shoulders cause many crashes.

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#13. When this sign is displayed on the rear of a vehicle, it means that the vehicle is carrying children.

Watch for slow moving vehicles, especially in rural areas. A fluorescent or reflective orange and red triangle dis-played on the rear means the vehicle is moving less than 25 mph. Use caution when you see them and be sure it is safe before you pass.

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#14. When stopping at a railroad crossing, it is illegal to stop closer than:

When you stop at a crossing, you must be between 15 and 50 feet from the nearest rail.

Remember, this is stopping, not parking.

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#15. If you are involved in a traffic accident you must always notify the police:

If the crash results in injuries, death, or at least $1,500 in total property damage, you must notify the police.

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#16. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes, you must:

If you follow a school bus displaying alternating flashing red light signals visible from the rear, you must stop immediately before reaching the bus and may not proceed until the red warning lights on the bus are no longer activated.

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#17. If your car starts to skid, what is the most common cause?

In the vast majority of cases, skids were caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best policy is to keep a skid from happening. Slow down to a speed at which you can control the car.

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#18. You want to back out of a parking space. As you back up, you should back slowly and look:

Do not back unnecessarily long distances. Back slowly. It is hard to steer while backing. Steer in the direction you want the rear of the vehicle to move. If turning while backing, make quick checks to the front and sides. Keep looking to the rear until you are stopped.

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#19. Double parking is allowed:

Parking on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street (double parking) is not allowed.

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#20. What kind of lanes are marked by signs or pavement markings with a white diamond symbol?

A diamond-shaped marking shows that a lane is reserved for certain purposes or certain vehicles. The lanes are usually reserved for buses or car-pool vehicles during rush hour traffic.

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#21. It is always against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content of .05% or greater.

Effective December 30, 2018, Utah is the first state in the country to have a blood alcohol concentrate of .05 instead of .08. In Utah, you are considered to be intoxicated if your blood or breath alcohol concentration is .05 or higher. The not-a-drop act provides that it is illegal for a person under 21 years of age driving with any measurable amount of alcohol.

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#22. Which of the following is an acceptable reason for not wearing safety belts?

Whatever your reason for not wearing safety belts, it is usually not reasonable and may violate the law.

A safety belt should be worn at any speed, regardless of how slow you are moving. Not using a safety belt because you are just going to the store is a poor excuse – and dangerous. Air bags do their job best when everyone is buckled, and children are properly restrained in the back seat.

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#23. When you exit a roundabout, you must:

Always signal your exit for two seconds.

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#24. When you see a school bus at a railroad crossing, you must slow down and be prepared to stop, because the bus:

Be alert when you are following commercial vehicles which are required to stop at railroad crossings, including transit buses, school buses, and vehicles carrying hazardous materials.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop. It is against the law to pass any vehicle at a railroad crossing.

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#25. A pentagon shaped sign means:

The pentagon (five-sided) shape is used for school advance and school crossing signs. It means that school children may be crossing. Slow down and watch for them.

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The Utah DLD Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official Utah driver license and learner’s permit test:

Test Questions: 50
Correct answers needed: 40
Passing score: 80%
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: Same day (Twice per day)

Utah Learner's Permit Written Test Practice - photo by William Fortunato

This Written Test Practice for Utah Permit

This practice test is designed to help you study for a Utah Learner’s Permit or full Driver’s License. It has 25 random questions that are either multiple-choice or true-or-false question.

Questions are drawn from a question bank with more than 500 questions, enough to help you cover all the important items described in the Utah Driver Handbook. A better option than Utah official practice test or online cheat sheets.

Instant feedback and brief explanations are added to help you learn faster.

At the end of the test, you will see your score. Try to reach the perfect score of 100% on a handful of tests before you attempt the real knowledge examination.

The Real Utah Written Test

In Utah, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Driver License Division are separate agencies, independent of each other. The DMV licenses vehicles—the Driver License Division licenses drivers. So, what we usually calls a DMV test is in Utah a DLD test.

There are 50 questions on the Utah knowledge test for a permit or driver license. You need 40 correct answers to pass, which is a passing score of 80%.

There is no time limit. So, try not to rush through the test. Some of the true/false questions can be tricky. Carefully read everything before you answer.

You will typically finish the test in less than 20 minutes, but should allow for additional margins and not arrive for your test less than one hour before closing.

If you fail the permit test, you can try a second time the same day (at the discretion of the examiner). Utah DLD will let you take the test three times within six months. After three failed attempts, you must start over and the fee again.

The Utah knowledge test is only available in English. No additional languages.

DLD does not offer this knowledge test online. Unlike some other states, you cannot pass the permit test from the comfort of your home.

You should also be aware that the practice tests offered at Utah Driver License Division and this website don’t include all possible exam questions and don’t qualify you for a permit or driver license. Practice tests are a learning tool only.

Is the Utah Written Test Hard?

Unofficial data suggest that the failure rate on the Utah knowledge test is high. Therefore, we rate the official Utah test as “hard”.

Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The current test construction provides several concerns both for test takers and anyone who wants to evaluate the results.

One reason is that a well-constructed test should have questions where only one answer is correct; the rest should be clearly incorrect. This is not the case with the test from Utah DLD.

Let us take an example from the Utah Driver Handbook:

You should signal anytime…
  A. You pull away from a curb
  B. For two seconds before making a turn
  C. You pull away from a curb and for two seconds before making a turn (Both of the above)

In this case, no option is entirely incorrect, they are all correct – but C is the best option.

Another poor example from the Utah Driver Handbook:

Listening to the radio is a good way to help you stay awake when driving at night?
  A. True
  B. False

Very few states use the true/false format today. Utah stands out with a high percentage questions with this format.

States have moved away from the true/false format because of the high probability that you can guess the correct answer.

Another reason is the difficulty to create well-defined statements that are entirely true or false. Often, you can find exceptions to all “true” or “false” statements.

In this case, if listening to the radio is a good way to help you stay awake or not can easily be open to opinions. More seriously, though, is that it is not discussed in the Driver Handbook.*

With all this is mind, you should be careful when you take the test and read everything at least twice before you answer. Some of the true/false questions boils down to details. Statements may look correct but details in the statement can be wrong.



* Is Listening to the Radio a Good Way of Staying Awake?

Back to the question above.

Research has shown that listening to the radio (or music) has no significant effect on the risk of incidents (Reyner LA, Horne JA). This is also the standpoint of Utah Department of Public Safety.

So, if you get this question on your knowledge exam in Utah, the correct answer is false.

At the same time, you can find many experts who recommend listening to the radio as a way of staying alert when driving. Other states even has this recommendation in their Driver Manuals (Arizona, DC, Louisiana, and Minnesota, just to mention a few).

It should also be noted that the report referred to above actually found that listening to the radio had positive effect, even if it wasn’t significant.

So, is it a “good” way or not? Well, that is open to interpretations. And a poor question on a knowledge test.

But in Utah, you must be prepared for the poor questions as well (which is why you will also see them on this practice test).

How to Study for the Utah Written Test

Everything you must study for the exam is found in the Utah Driver Handbook.

Basically, all questions on your test are drawn from this handbook.

Get yourself a hard copy from your driving class, a Driver License Division office, or download in online .

Read the handbook and try to get a good understanding of what you must learn for the examination.

Use practice tests to verify what you already know and what you must study for the test. You must be able to recognize the meaning of all road signs described in the handbook, as well as traffic signals, and pavement markings. You should also focus on safe driving practices and Utah traffic laws regarding impaired and distracted driving.

Get help from instructors, teacher, parents, family members, and friends. Having someone to quiz you is often a good way of learning.



How to Get Your First Permit

The minimum age to get a Learner Permit in Utah is 15 years.

If you are younger than 19 years, you must complete an approved driver education course before being licensed. If you are 19 years or older, a driver education course is not mandatory if you hold a learner permit for three months and complete at least 40 hours of driving.

For the entry level Learner Permit, you must:

  Complete an application
  Provide necessary documents
  Pay a fee
  Pass a vision screening
  Pass the written knowledge test
  Complete the online safety trends exam

This learner permit is valid for one year and allows you to drive together with an approved driving instructor, parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult who signed for financial responsibility.

The supervising driver must always sit in a front seat beside you while you drive.

With a permit there are no nighttime driving restrictions or passenger restrictions.

If you are under 18 years, you must hold your permit for at least six months before you can move on to an intermediate driver license which comes with restrictions during the first six months of driving.

See your driver handbook for more details about requirements and restrictions.

Additional Knowledge Test

Since 2016, the state of Utah also requires that you pass a Traffic Safety and Trends Exam that covers driving safety topics and the top five major causes of traffic related deaths as identified by the Utah Highway Safety Office.

It is only test with instruction videos followed by exam questions. It is an online test that you can take from home. You can watch the videos and take the tests as many times as you need until you reach a 100% passing score.

So, there is no real need to prepare for this additional test.

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